City announces Labor Day closure, free COVID testing, grace period for parking decals, District 4 Town Hall

Press release from City of Gainesville

City closed on Sept. 7

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7. Additionally, RTS will run its holiday service, which will run between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Please visit the RTS website and schedule pages for more information. Residential curbside collection of refuse will not be affected by this holiday. 
Free COVID-19 walk-up testing (Sept. 3-5)
The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) mobile testing bus will be stationed temporarily this week at the City of Gainesville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center for walk-up COVID-19 testing.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3 through Saturday, Sept. 5
Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center at 1028 NE 14th Street
Who: Individuals wishing to be tested must be 18 or older and present a valid ID including the Alachua County Community ID card
No doctor’s note is needed. DMS medical staff will provide 200 free coronavirus tests per day and will administer the nasal tests on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals will be called or emailed by DMS staff within two days with results, and the Alachua County Health Department will provide follow-up case management for those who test positive.
Free coronavirus testing also is available Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-8810 to schedule an appointment.
Grace period for parking decals

Due to the effects of the pandemic, please note the following changes to parking restrictions and requirements:

The grace period for neighborhood parking permits has been extended through Sept. 30, 2020.
Parking enforcement will issue citations beginning Oct. 1 to all vehicles without permits parked in restricted-parking areas.
Students living in sorority and fraternity houses associated with the University of Florida whose names appear on UF’s official member lists are eligible to purchase neighborhood parking permits.
Individuals are advised to purchase or renew permits at least one week prior to the end of the decal grace period.
All other parking restrictions, such as metered parking, time-limited parking, no-parking zones, tow-away zones and loading zones, remain in place.

District 4 Telephone Town Hall – Save the date!
Join District 4 Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos for a telephone town hall at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Discussion topics include broadband, zero waste, and inclusionary/exclusionary zoning. Pre-register your telephone numbers online at to ensure you will receive a phone call. Please note, registration closes two hours before the town hall. To call in by phone during the event, dial call 888-410-3427 for English. For Spanish, call 844-881-1317.
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