News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Health News Florida
News about coronavirus in Florida and around the world is constantly emerging. It's hard to stay on top of it all but Health News Florida and WUSF can help. Our responsibility at WUSF News is to keep you informed, and to help discern what’s important for your family as you make what could be life-saving decisions.

Hillsborough County Closes All Parks, Preserves To Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Closed sign at Upper Tampa Bay Park
CARL LISCIANDRELLO/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA
Hillsborough County parks and preserves, including Upper Tampa Bay Park, are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Hillsborough County has followed its “shelter-at-home” vote with a decision to close all county parks and preserves are now closed to contain coronavirus outbreak.

Closed sign at Upper Tampa Bay Park
Credit CARL LISCIANDRELLO/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

County officials announced the parks were closed effective Friday night at 10 p.m. in an “abundance of caution.”

The decision to close the parks comes a day after the county’s Emergency Policy Group voted to enact the shelter at home policy. It calls for residents to stay home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Boat ramps will remain open, officials said.

For a list of parks that are closed, visit the Hillsborough County website.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding It takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online at WUSF.org/give

CORONAVIRUS: Complete Coverage From WUSF and Health News Florida

NEWSLETTER: Sign Up For Coronavirus Updates From Health News Florida