Coronavirus updates/news/links/numbers

The City of Treasure Island is committed to keeping you informed. By working together, we can successfully meet the challenges of this pandemic. Ask your less-mobile neighbors if they need errands run or shopping done. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels, donate money to a reputable non-profit or support local food banks. In this type of situation, we are all first responders.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: Friday, June 5

On Wednesday, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139, which became effective today (6/5/20)

Executive Order 20-139 adopts recommendations by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida, putting the state in Phase 2 of re-opening, with the exceptions of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, which may seek state approval.

Regardless of businesses now allowed to operate and activities now permitted to occur, physical distancing is still recommended and individuals are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.

Under the Governor’s orders the only businesses that cannot operate are nightclubs.

The following may operate with the noted restrictions:

Please see below for Phase 2 reopening guidance. All businesses should adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

  • Restaurants, bars and other establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises:
    • May operate at 50% of their indoor capacity, excluding employees
    • Bar areas may open with seated service
    • Outdoor seating is permitted with appropriate physical distancing
    • Nightclubs remain closed
  • Entertainment businesses
    • Includes but not limited to: movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades
    • May operate at 50% of building capacity with appropriate physical distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
  • Pari-mutuel facilities with written request for approval through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
  • Retail sales
    • May operate up to building capacity with physical distancing and proper sanitation protocols
  • Museums/Libraries
    • May operate up to building capacity with physical distancing and proper sanitation protocols
  • Gyms, dance studios, yoga, and other fitness classes or similar activities
    • May operate up to building capacity with physical distancing and proper sanitation protocols
  • Personal services businesses, such as body piercing, tanning, acupuncture, nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, cosmetology specialty salons, tattoo services, massage services, and other one-on-one services.
    • May operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health. 
  • Vacation Rentals

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

Stay smart, stay safe
The adopted resolution directs individuals, businesses, operations and organizations to do the maximum possible to implement and comply with CDC guidance regarding social distancing, disinfection and other practices that help reduce risk of COVID-19 contagion. This includes wearing face masks when possible, and especially when social distancing cannot be easily achieved.


Pinellas CARES application extension
The extension of the Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance programs gives individuals another month to seek one-time assistance of up to $4,000 to help pay overdue rent, mortgage and utilities. Pinellas residents who have lost their job or significant income due to COVID-19 can apply for one-time assistance by texting COVIDCARES to 898211. Those who have questions or need to speak to someone by phone can also call 2-1-1 or visit this website for more information.

Small business owners with a commercial location in the county can also apply online for the Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant, a one-time $5,000 grant to cover expenses such as employee wages, vendor bills and mortgage or rent costs.  Applicants should review all eligibility requirements and ensure all required documents are correctly submitted to expedite the review and approval process for the grant. To apply online, visit http://pced.org/cares.

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.

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