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May 5th COVID-19 Update

Pensacola Fire Department Available to Assist Businesses with 25% Occupancy Adjustment

To promote Pensacola’s COVID-19 recovery and community risk reduction, the Pensacola Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office is available to assist business owners with calculating their new 25 percent maximum occupant capacity. This service is provided as a courtesy to business owners within the City of Pensacola limits.

Executive Order 20-112 from Gov. Ron DeSantis allows businesses to reopen in Florida with limitations on occupancy. The order limits occupancy to 25 percent of capacity in retail spaces and restaurants. Most restaurants have an occupancy load sign posted when approved occupancy is 50 persons or greater. However, most retailers do not have an occupant load posted and may not know how to identify 25 percent of their capacity.

The PFD Fire Marshal’s Office is available to assist businesses in the city with determining their temporary occupancy loads and, if required, contact other appropriate agencies.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Pensacola Fire Department at 436-5200 or email


Visit Pensacola Set to Lead Virtual National Travel and Tourism Week Celebration May 3-9

Pensacola, Fla. – National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with this year's theme: The Spirit of Travel.

Visit Pensacola is inviting the industry and the community to participate in the following events and ongoing campaigns.

Visit Pensacola has partnered with local media stations to give away 10 $100 gift cards to local restaurants. Tune in to WEAR-TV Channel 3 at 6 a.m. and Cat Country 98.7 at 8:20 a.m. Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 8, for daily contests and further details. The grand prize on both stations is a Visit Pensacola Staycation and will be announced Friday, May 8, on Cat Country 98.7 and Monday, May 11, on WEAR-TV Channel 3.

Tuesday, May 5: Virtual Road Trip, 7 a.m.

Visit Pensacola would like to invite the community to join in on a #VirtualRoadTrip via social media, highlighting Pensacola's restaurants, hotels, small businesses, parks, attractions, and more that make up America's #SpiritOfTravel to celebrate the week. Join us on Visit Pensacola's Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 6: Virtual Conference, 10 a.m.

Visit Pensacola will host a virtual marketing trends conference. To register, click here. The schedule is as followed:

  • 10 a.m. Visit Florida, Dana Young, President/CEO

VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Dana Young will be discussing the effects of COVID-19 on Florida’s economy, how the state’s tourism industry has been impacted, and insights on VISIT FLORIDA's phased marketing approach to help Florida's tourism industry recover.

  • 10:30 a.m. CrowdRiff, Amrita Gurney, VP Marketing

Using social media in new ways to reach customers during the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 crisis has been particularly hard on SMBs. Learn how to use Instagram and FB in new ways to reach customers both locally and from afar. In this presentation, we'll share examples of how other SMBs are using social media and creativity to reach customers and drive revenue.

  • 11 a.m. Showcase Pensacola

Marketing Trends Report & COVID-19 Recovery Tactics. Showcase Pensacola will discuss market trends and insights given the current climate, as well as a detailed review of Visit Pensacola's rollout to the recovery plan. This will include specifics on research, targeting, tactics, messaging, and creative.

Thursday, May 7: Coffee with the President, 8:30 a.m.

Visit Pensacola is excited to host the inaugural coffee with a president Q&A with President Darien Schaefer. Members of the community are invited to participate virtually and can register here. Feel free to submit your questions early to Leslie White at

Friday, May 8: Toast to the Industry, 7 p.m.

Visit Pensacola will host a virtual toast to the industry on Friday, May 8. Please join us at approximately 7 p.m. on Facebook Live for a special sunset toast (weather pending).

To learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week, click here