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May 28th COVID-19 Update Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Begins Tomorrow The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, May 29, 2020, and extends through Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply…

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May 27th COVID-19 Update New COVID-19 Testing Center Opened in Pensacola WHERE: Florida Department of Health in Escambia County-Downtown Center 1300 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 WHEN: OPEN 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT on the following dates: Wednesday, May 27 Thursday, May 28 Friday, May 29 Questions? Call the Florida Department of Health…

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May 26th COVID-19 Update Florida Chamber Video Breaks Down Unemployment Numbers This video from the Florida Chamber breaks down state and regional unemployment numbers for April.  April’s unemployment rate for Escambia County was 12.8% and Santa Rosa County’s unemployment rate was 10.5%.  Over half the jobs lost in Florida in April were in the Leisure…

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May 21st COVID-19 Update COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Now at PSC Warrington Campus A new coronavirus drive-thru testing site will open later this week at the Warrington campus of Pensacola State College as the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County works to ramp up its testing.The new site will be open from 10 a.m. to…

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May 20th COVID-19 Update Escambia County Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan Approved Escambia County received the official letter from Secretary Halsey Beshears with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation approving the short-term vacation rental plan that was submitted Friday, May 15.  This plan went into effect immediately and will be reviewed weekly. The county…

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May 19th COVID-19 Update Florida’s SBDC Provides Helpful Tools for Safely Reopening Small Businesses As businesses begin to reopen, it’s important to have a plan to do so safely.  Florida’s Small Business Development Center has provided resources that follow CDC guidelines covering the health and safety of your returning workforce and customers, sick leave and…

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May 18th COVID-19 Update Full Phase One Opening of Florida’s Economy Begins Today Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-123 which takes effect today.  This Executive Order brings Florida into Full Phase One of reopening our economy.  This builds off the partial Phase One opening which began on May 4th.  You can read the…

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May 12th COVID-19 Update Escambia, Santa Rosa Businesses Asked to Take Survey to Help with COVID-19 Recovery The Economic Reset Working Group is asking area businesses to take a survey to better inform economic recovery efforts. The two-county group, led by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, was created last month by the Escambia County…

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May 13th COVID-19 Update Reopening Escarosa Details All You Need to Know About State’s Reopening The Greater Pensacola Chamber is now releasing a one stop resource to answer questions amid the state’s reopening.  The guide compiles up-to-date information on COVID-19 rules, protocol and expectations. From testing sites, childcare facility updates to guidelines for hotels to…

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May 14th COVID-19 Update Hear Chamber President Todd Thomson Discuss Reopening Escarosa on Newsradio 1620         Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce President Todd Thomson discussed the Reopening Escarosa resource guide on Andrew McKay’s Morning Show this week. Hear the interview here.   Enterprise Florida to Award Trade Grants for Virtual Business Matchmaking Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI)…

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