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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: Friday, March 27
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on March 25th extended its local state of emergency declaration another week and adopted a "Safer At Home" Order for individuals, business owners, and any place of public assembly to slow the spread of the virus. The Order is effective starting Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 12pm and will continue so long as there is a declared local state of emergency in Pinellas.

The Pinellas County Sheriff has set up a Safer at Home Hotline for violations & complaints.  The Hotline is available from 7am to 11:00pm 7 days a week: 727-582–TIPS (8477).

How long will the Safer at Home order be in effect?
Pinellas County’s Safer at Home order is in effect starting Thursday, March 26 at 12:00 p.m. It will last so long as the County’s declared state of local emergency is in place, unless the Board of County Commissioners determines that a policy change is in the public’s best interest.

Who is impacted by the Safer at Home order?
The Safer at Home order contains safety directives for residents, businesses and places of public assembly. Residents are ordered to abide by the CDC guidelines for social distancing and stay home except for essential activities as outlined below. Non-essential businesses may remain open so long as they are able to meet CDC guidelines for social distancing. Otherwise, they must close storefront operations and customer foot traffic. Essential businesses are also expected to comply with CDC guidelines to the fullest extent possible.

Why is the order necessary?
Pinellas County issued the order to preserve the health, safety and welfare of our residents and to preserve the ability of our healthcare system to serve all in need. Our Emergency Management and public health officials believe that the situation will quickly worsen without this intervention. We have observed similar orders having a positive impact on public health in communities around the world.
Is the Safer at Home Order enforceable by law?
Local law enforcement and regulatory officials are authorized to enforce this order, but our hope is that residents and businesses do they right thing to protect themselves and the public good. Stay at home as much as possible to protect your family, friends, neighbors and vulnerable populations. Businesses that do not comply with the order may be subject to the appropriate enforcement action up to and including orders to close and criminal charges.
For individuals, what are the permissible exceptions for leaving home?
Individuals may leave home for:

  • Primary or emergency care or direct care support for a family member, relative, friend, or their pet
  • Healthcare and medical services
  • Groceries
  • Meal take-outs from local food establishments
  • Essential work duties that cannot be performed from home
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Laundry services, laundromats
  • Essential home repairs and maintenance
  • Outdoor activity while following CDC guidelines (examples include: walking pet, hiking, biking).
  • Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities
  • Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair facilities
What about exercise?
Citizens are permitted to engage in outdoor activity such as hiking, bicycling, pet walking, paddling and boating, provided they follow CDC social distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet apart and in groups of 10 or fewer people.  Beaches remain closed.
What are the new restrictions on non-essential businesses?
Although non-essential businesses must close storefront operations and customer foot traffic if they can’t meet CDC guidelines on social distancing, they may continue internal and minimum basic operations required to maintain the businesses. Even then, the business must enforce the CDC social distancing guidelines.
What constitutes an essential business? 
Essential businesses include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • First Responders, Police and Fire, Jails and Prisons
  • Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare operations
  • Community based organizations providing meals and social services
  • Human Service operations
  • Garbage and Sanitation workers
  • Transportation: including airports and public transportation such as PSTA
  • Utilities, Public Works and essential infrastructure
  • Critical trades: (Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Security personnel, etc.) Fire and water damage restoration, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers (such as landscape and pool maintenance service providers) who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures;
  • Government essential service workers
  • Gas Stations
  • Food: (grocery stores, food banks, restaurants: delivery, take-out or curbside delivery)
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Laundromats 
  • Funeral Services
  • Hotel and lodging
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Post offices and shipping service
  • For a full list, please see Resolution 20-20. This is available online at www.pinellascounty.org/COVID19

Are childcare facilities remaining open?
Childcare facilities providing services to citizens employed by essential businesses are permitted, but must care for children in groups of ten or fewer. Children and childcare providers shall not change from one group to another; if more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. All play equipment used by one group of children must be cleaned and sanitized before use by another group of children. Any child or employee exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness cannot stay in the childcare facility.
Can hair salons and barber shops continue in operations?
Hair salons, barber shops and related personal service establishments are considered non-essential businesses. They may continue operations as long as they are able to comply with the CDC guidelines for social distancing and sanitation. This may require spacing out/staggering client visits so as to prevent any kind of large gathering of clientele.
How are places of public and private assembly impacted?
Places of public and private assembly are required to close, whether indoors or outdoors. This includes locations with amusement rides, water parks, publicly-accessible pools, zoos, museums, movie and other theaters, public playgrounds, bowling alleys, pool halls, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations. Places of worship are not specifically referenced; however, they are directed to follow CDC social distancing guidelines.
Since playgrounds are closing, are parks and boat ramps also closing?
All County parks (except for parks and facilities previously closed) and county-managed boat ramps remain open. CDC social distancing guidelines are required will be enforced. Enforcement agencies will enforce social distancing on sandbars and spoil islands.
What about routine, elective or non-urgent medical appointments?
Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures and treatments should be cancelled or rescheduled. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely.
Can I visit family and friends?
For the safety of you and those in your community, you should remain at home as much as possible to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Visits with family members or friends should be limited to medical need or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food or medication.
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID 19 at home?
The Centers for Disease Control reminds everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household cleaner.
How can I care for a family member with the COVID-19 disease at home?
The CDC recommends you avoid sharing personal items like utensils, cups, food and drinks. Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
COVID-19 USEFUL LINKS 
  • The County has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage with in-depth information. Citizens with questions or concerns can call the Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Monday Friday. Those with hearing impairment can chat online at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat.

  • To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
  • For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website.
  • For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.
  • On March 23, Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person's presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
  • For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • You can track COVD-19 cases at https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86
Treasure Island Beaches are closed and all public events are cancelled.
  • Citing public health and safety concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Pinellas County Commission on Thursday (3/19/20) closed Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking areas effective 11:59pm Friday, March 20, 2020, until April 6, 2020.  This closure applies to all Treasure Island beaches and beach parking areas.
  • Under the resolution, private owners along the beach are also asked to conform to the CDC guidelines of social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of separation from others and limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people.
  • The Treasure Island Beach Trail between 104th and 119th Avenues remains open.
Restaurants cannot sell alcohol for comsumption on premises; no on-site food consumption - pick-up or delivery only.
  • As of 3/20/20, ALL vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premise to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises.  Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for off premise consumption.
  • All licensed food establishments and restaurants suspend on-premise food consumption. You can offer delivery and pick up food.
  • The social distancing call is clear: stay home if sick, stay 6 feet away from other groups and limit your group gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater, the County’s tourism agency, has compiled this helpful list of restaurants that provide takeout and/or delivery

What does "social distancing" mean?
You heard health experts talk about practicing "social distancing," but what does it really mean?
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • No visitors and don't visit others.
  • Don't go out unless absolutely necessary for food or medicine, for example.
  • If you must be out, avoid crowds.
  • Keep a six-foot distance from others.
  • Don't go out if you're sick and avoid being around those who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
Donation Centers open
  • Three Personal Protection Equipment and Disinfectants Donation Collection Sites will be open starting 3/25 at 10am for residents and businesses to donate ventilators and/or the following requested items:
Surgical Face Masks, P100 Masks, N95 Masks, Face Shields, Nitrile Exam Gloves, Powder Free, 5 and 7 mil Nitrile Gloves, Eye protection - Safety Glasses, Surgical Tear Away Gowns, Safety Eye Goggles, Hand Sanitizer (any size) 60% Alcohol, 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, 3% Peroxide, Clorox Wipes, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Sani-Cloth Wipes

Sites and hours:
For items that will be donated these can be dropped off this week at the following sites:

1. Tropicana Field - 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, 33705
2. Walsingham Park - 12615 102nd Ave, Seminole, 33778
3. St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church – 715 E Orange St., Tarpon Springs, 64689
Hours of operation:
Wednesday, March 25, 10 AM to 7 PM

Thursday, March 26, 10 AM to 7 PM
Friday, March 27, 10 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, March 28, 10 AM to 1:30 PM
*Additional dates and times to be determined on Friday March 27th.

Three Food Bank donation centers have been established. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off directly:
North Pinellas County
Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center: http://tscenter.org
Food Donations accepted: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

304 S. Pinellas Ave
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 (727) 939-1400 ext. 401

Mid Pinellas County
RCS Pinellas: https://rcspinellas.org
Food Donations accepted: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m., Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

700 Druid Road
Clearwater, Florida 33756 (727) 443-4031
Volunteer: volunteer@rcspinellas.org

South Pinellas County

Food donations accepted: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 am. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Pete Free Clinic: https://stpetersburgfreeclinic.org
863 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 821-1200 ext. 114
Contact: https://stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/contact-us

Cancellations
  • 3/28/20, American Legion Car Show @ TI Park (to be rescheduled)
  • 3/28/20, Paradise Island Civic Association Yard Sale @ Paradise Island
  • 4/2/20, Paradise Island Civic Association Spring Mixer @ The Club
  • 4/11/20, Gulf Beaches Rotary Easter Egg Hunt @ Treasure Island Park
  • April 9-12, 2020, Suncoast Kingfish Tournament rescheduled for May 14-16, 2020
  • May 2, 2020, Civic Association Pig Roast cancelled
  • Treasure Island Art Guild monthly exchanges, meetings and classes - cancelled
  • TI Trips scheduled for March 25th and April 25, 2020 – cancelled
  • Gulf Beaches Public Library closed
  • Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce welcome centers closed
  • St Pete College Tennis Team cancelled play for season. SPC Lady’s Titans play at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis.
  • Treasure Island Fire Rescue has suspended fire station tours, fire engine demonstrations and car seat installation.
  • Treasure Islettes weekly BINGO – cancelled until further notice
  • TI & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce Friday Market – cancelled
  • Treasure Islettes have canceled their Board Meeting and General Meeting for March and April. Treasure Islettes will evaluate the May meetings at a later date.
  • Southwest Little League has suspended play until further notice
  • Beach weddings of 10 persons or more have been cancelled through the end of May. We are not taking any new reservations until June 1st or further notice. We are offering full refunds or rescheduling of event at a later date.
  • City facilities rentals have been cancelled through May 10th at this time. We are not accepting any new reservations until June 1st or further notice. We are offering full refunds or rescheduling of the event at a later date.
  • Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility closed
  • All classes at Treasure Island city facilities have been cancelled.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For any questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19),  call the local health department at 727-824-6900. Click Here for Department of Health. Click Here for Center for Disease Control and Prevention