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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ocala Police Department closes headquarters’ lobby in response to rising COVID-19 cases

The Ocala Police Department has temporarily closed its headquarters’ lobby in response to rising COVID-19 cases across the city of Ocala and Marion County.

The police department made the announcement through a press release issued on Tuesday morning.

“In an effort to keep the community safe and limit the spread of covid-19, the Ocala Police Department headquarters lobby, located at 402 S Pine Avenue, will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice,”  reads a statement from the department.

Last week, Marion County reported an average of over 400 new COVID-19 cases each day for the third consecutive week. In addition, fewer residents sought out the vaccine during last week than the week prior.

Although the Lobby is closed, citizens are still able to receive services on a phone outside of the lobby. That phone connects the caller with an officer inside the building, according to the press release. 

For those seeking records, the drive-thru window is open for requests, and the department can also fulfill requests online. 

Read our article on how to make a public records request, or call the OPD communications center at 352-369-7000.