Milton, Fort Walton Beach declare states of emergency

The City of Milton declared a state of emergency Monday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All essential city functions will continue. That includes public works, sanitation, police, fire, first responders, finance, public information and administration.

Milton is encouraging the use of its online payment system for bills and online payment fees will be waived. The web site for online payments is

The police department lobby will remain open as well and all parks will remain open as long as people are practicing social distancing.

City Hall will be closed. Also, law enforcement has the authority to break up groups of more than 10 in a gathering place. Citizens are strongly encouraged to reduce movements to essential travel.

By declaring the state of emergency, Milton can apply for state and federal financial aid to help recover losses as a result of the pandemic.

Fort Walton Beach has also declared a state of emergency. The city manager is designated as the director of emergency management for the city and has the authority to carry out necessary actions and emergency response to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and city employees.

The public is encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, limiting gatherings to 10 or less.

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