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Update: Thursday, August 6, 2020: 
Pinellas County Commission extends State of Local Emergency through Aug. 14
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday extended its State of Local Emergency declaration for COVID-19 through Aug. 14 after receiving an encouraging update suggesting that community spread is slowing.

Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, reported improvements in the 7-day rolling average for case counts and percentage of positive test results (184 and 6, respectively), but stressed that the county has a large vulnerable population and can see disproportionate impacts.

Dr. Angus Jameson, medical director for Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services, praised the county’s paramedics and firefighters for supporting COVID-19 mitigation efforts at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. County Administrator Barry A. Burton said the County has taken pressure off the health care system by opening two “Super SNFs,” which are specialized nursing facilities dedicated to caring COVID-19 patients, and by expanding testing to ease the demand on hospital emergency rooms.

The extension of the emergency declaration keeps in force an ordinance requiring face coverings be worn and social distancing practiced in indoor public places. This includes a requirement that only seated and properly distanced patrons be served in food establishments. Public health officials credit those policies and personal responsibility for the improved outlook.

“We are making some headway here in Pinellas County, but we have a long way to go in battling this pandemic,” Dr. Choe said. “If this was a football game, we would probably only be in the second quarter. So, we cannot be complacent. We must not fall victim to COVID fatigue.”

Information about COVID-19 testing, the Pinellas CARES programs and CDC guidance, as well as a Data Dashboard and links to news releases and state and county orders, can be found at covid19.pinellascounty.org.

Besides wearing facial coverings and social distancing, everyone is advised to practice the 3 Cs and avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.
The Board’s extension of the emergency declaration also keeps in force an ordinance requiring face coverings be worn and social distancing practiced in indoor public places. This includes a requirement that only seated and properly distanced patrons be served in food establishments.

Information about COVID-19 testing, the Pinellas CARES programs and CDC guidance, as well as a Data Dashboard and links to news releases and state and county orders, can be found at covid19.pinellascounty.org.

Business Graphics for download
Be a Local poster   Face Coverings Required poster   Wear Wear Masks poster
Information Packets
Restaurant & Bar Packet   Face Mask FAQs

Requirements: Citizens must wear a face covering while in most indoor public places within Pinellas County, with exceptions. Among them:

  • Restaurant and bar staff must wear a face covering while on duty and while directly or indirectly preparing food or beverage, or serving food or beverage, or having customer contact, regardless of where the food or beverage is being prepared or whether the customers are inside or outside. Customers can remove their face coverings while dining or consuming a beverage when seated and social distancing.
  • The mandate cannot conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • It does not apply if a person is strictly adhering to social distancing and there are 10 or fewer people in the location who are also maintaining social distancing.
  • It does not apply to governmental entities such as schools, courthouses or city halls, although those entities are encouraged to develop procedures to protect employees and the public.
  • If a person is under age 18, that person’s use of a face covering is left to the discretion of that person’s parent, guardian or an accompanying adult.
  • Religious rituals such as various forms of singing are permitted provided that social distancing is strictly maintained.
  • Exercising while social distancing, such as in a gym, is permitted without a face covering.
  • Restaurants and bars must position chairs and tables so that parties of one or more are separated by six feet and patrons are not standing at the bar or congregating in any area.
  • Retail employees must wear face coverings unless working in an area of the business that is not open to the customers and has social distancing measures in place.
Enforcement
The Board elected to adopt the emergency order by ordinance to allow it to be enforced as a non-criminal local ordinance violation, in addition to other enforcement remedies. Remedies include: 
  • A warning.
  • A non-criminal ordinance violation citation that levies a fine.
  • Injunctive relief through a complaint filed in Circuit Court.
  • Misdemeanor arrest or a Notice to Appear for Repeat Violations.

Pinellas County Face Covering Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions
Am I now required to wear a face covering everywhere I go?
All county residents must wear a face covering while in most indoor public places within Pinellas County, although the Board provided several exceptions.
What places and activities are exempt from the face covering requirement?
Activities such as the following can take place without wearing a face covering:
- Attending or participating in religious rituals, such as various forms of singing, provided that social distancing is strictly maintained.
- Exercising while social distancing, such as when walking on the trail or working out at a gym.
- The requirement also does not apply if a person is strictly adhering to social distancing and there are 10 or fewer people in the location who are also maintaining social distancing.
I or someone I know has medical issues that affect the ability to wear a face covering. What happens in those situations?
Individuals with a medical issue that prevents wearing a face covering are not required to wear one, although they may consider other forms of protection such as a face shield. The application of the ordinance also cannot conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What about schools and government buildings?
Those facilities are exempt. However, governmental entities such as schools, courthouses or city halls and other similar entities are encouraged to develop procedures to protect employees and the public based on their respective needs. It is recommended that you check before going to any of those locations so you are aware of any specific requirements.
What about children and other people under the age of 18 – are they required to wear a face covering?
If a person is under age 18, that person’s use of a face covering is left to the discretion of that person’s parent, guardian or an accompanying adult.

City of Treasure Island employees must wear a face covering while on duty and while serving the public unless working in an area that is not open to the public where proper social distancing can be maintained. Team members will be wearing a face covering to protect you. Please adhere to these requirements to protect them and others around you. The CDC recommends face coverings as an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with proper hand washing, staying home where you are sick, and maintaining a six-foot distance from others.

Guidance for beaches, pools and playgrounds
On May 28, 2020, the Pinellas County Commission approved the following:
Beaches: Effective May 28, physical distancing restrictions removed, but visitors strongly encouraged to continue spreading out and acting safely when visiting the beaches. Signage will remain at the beaches to remind visitors of best practices. 
Pools: Effective 3 p.m. on May 28, hotel and motel pools could return to operating up to maximum load capacity. HOA, apartment, condominium and all other pool operators could resume full capacity starting Monday, June 1. 
Childcare facility playgrounds: Effective May 28, the facilities could resume their regular playground capacity and operations. 
Public playgrounds: Effective June 1, public playgrounds could reopen with strong physical distancing and safety reminders. Caregivers visiting public playgrounds with children are also strongly encouraged to practice increased hand sanitation and consider bringing hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes with them

Pinellas County residents can get COVID-19 test at no cost
Pinellas County residents can get a COVID-19 test at no cost to them. Community Health Centers of Pinellas (CHC) is offering the COVID-19 tests without restrictions at three testing sites. Residents do not need to have symptoms or be a CHC patient. Testing sites will provide same day walk-ups and drive ups, but appointments are recommended to decrease wait times. Make an appointment by calling 727-824-8181 and selecting option 0. The following testing sites will be open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • 707 East Druid Road, Clearwater, FL 33756
  • 7550 43rd Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
  • 1344 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center)

A condensed electronic registration will be required at testing sites. Residents are asked to bring a valid ID.
The County will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 trending data throughout the step-by-step recovery. Trends indicated a flattening or downward trajectory in positive test results and demand on the hospital system. The governor’s Phase 1 order and County’s corresponding guidance do not have stated expiration dates, and no date has been given for possible advancement to Phase II.
To read County and state orders, and access a wide array of COVID-19 information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/

COVID-19 USEFUL LINKS 

Donations accepted at the Treasure Island Fire Station, 180 108th Avenue
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


Food donations accepted at the 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
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 am. - 12:30 p.m.

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