Palafox Market Canceled Through the Beginning of May [UPDATED]

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 12:54 am Updated: Oct 18, 2023 12:19 am

The DIB has canceled Palafox Market dates through the beginning of May due to COVID-19 concerns. This pre-emptive action follows announcements by Escambia County and the City of Pensacola to cancel all publicly-permitted events with 500 or more people for the next eight weeks. 

“We support the decisions made by Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, and consider the health of our Palafox Market vendors, our visitors and our community to be a top priority,” said DIB executive director Lissa Dees. “We will be closely monitoring the situation and will continue to communicate any updates to the Market schedule in the coming weeks.”

Escambia County and City of Pensacola officials announced they will reassess the situation on Monday, March 30 to determine whether to continue or lift the cancellation of publicly-permitted events.

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County Coronavirus Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (866) 779-6121, or you can email your questions to

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