As we all go through this uncertain time, the city of Dunedin knows you have concerns about how we will continue to provide necessary city services to you. The city of Dunedin will do everything we can to make this disruption as seamless as we can and to update you as often as we get information.
Citizen Information Center: Citizens with questions can call the Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the CIC via online chat at http://bit.lyPinellasChat
UPDATED 6/1 Parks & Recreation, PSTA, Library reopenings
Support Our Local Eateries, Order Takeout or Delivery!
Many local restaurants in Dunedin are open for curbside pickup, takeout and delivery, and need our community's support now more than ever.Dunedin Chamber of Commerce's list of Restaurants and Gift cards
*Please be aware that hours and availability are subject to change, so we strongly encourage you to call and confirm.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater has also put together a list of local businesses that offer take-out and delivery, and a list of businesses that offer digital gift cards for purchase.
State Of Florida And Pinellas County Issue "Full Phase 1" Guidance
Following the issuance of Florida Governor's Executive Order #20-123 effective May 18, 2020, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office have issued Full Phase 1" Guidance to assist in clarifying the order for Pinellas County.
Restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 or 509, Florida Statutes, may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, so long as they adopt appropriate distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 50 percent of their building occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. This provision extends Executive Order 20-68, Section 3 and supersedes the conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-71 , Section 2 regarding on-premises food consumption.
The Sheriff’s Office and Clearwater Police Department will enforce the governor's executive order.
BARS, PUBS, AND NIGHTCLUBS
- Under the Governor's orders, the only businesses that cannot operate are bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50% gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages.
6-Day Meal Package Distribution begins Wednesday, April 22nd, at your preferred school pick up location!
The PCS Food and Nutrition Team will be distributing free meals at our schools for Pinellas County Schools students ages 18 and younger. Lunch and breakfast will be packed in a single bag. Child/Teen must be present to receive meals. Meals will be served as ‘Drive-Thru” at the Car/Bus circle and for ‘Walkers’ near the main entrance of school. Get all the information here.
211 Tampa Bay Cares Call 2-1-1 or text your zipcode to 898211
The Dunedin Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, June 1, 2020 at a limited capacity, according to state guidelines.
Patrons will be expected to follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines of staying 6 feet apart from others that are not in your party. Facemasks are recommended.
Patrons may use public internet computers for up to 30 minutes per day. The meeting room, study rooms and youth program room will be closed and no reservations will be accepted. There will be no in-person programming and virtual programming will be offered.
Library hours will be as follows:
- Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
The library will be closing periodically throughout each day for cleaning and disinfecting.
Curbside pickup will be available – Monday – Friday, 1-4p.m. You can call 727-298-3080 ext. 1707 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request items for curbside pickup. If you get a hold notification and want to pick up curbside, please call us at 727-298-3080 ext. 1713 and we will have your items ready for curbside pickup.
Outside curbside book drops will be open Monday – Friday for library materials return.
The library staff looks forward to welcoming you back to the Dunedin Public Library.
The Dunedin Public Library has a phased reopening plan following all CDC, Federal, State, County and City guidelines.
Curbside Pick Up begins Monday, May 18th!
Pick up books and other library materials Monday–Friday from 1:00PM–4:00PM.
To place a request, call (727) 298-3080 ext. 1707. Limit 5 items per card. You may only request items currently available at the main Dunedin Library.
You'll receive a call when your items are ready for pickup.
For curbside pickup, park in a designated space and call (727) 298-3080 ext. 1740 and a staff member will assist you.
Not driving – walking or biking? let us know and we’ll have a spot for you to pick up your items.
The curbside book drops will be open May 18th and you can begin returning your library materials. We WILL NOT accept any donations until further notice. Our outside book drops will be the only way to return items so our staff can take the necessary precautions and sanitize items. Returned library materials have to be quarantined for a period of 72 hours, at which point they will be checked in and removed from your account.
Limited opening to public is slated for June 1, 2020.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Questions? Email us: email@example.com
727-298-3080 - Staff will be available to answer calls Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm
The City of Dunedin's highest priority is the safety of our residents, visitors and employees. Following the guidance of local authorities, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health will help ensure the safety of all of us in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Below is a summary of what is open and what is closed, followed by a list of quick links and webpages with more detail and information.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will resume service of the South Clearwater Beach Jolley Trolley beginning this Friday, May 15. The service was temporarily suspended on March 30 due to a lack of ridership brought on by beach, business and hotel closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Please follow visit their Facebook page for the latest information and schedule. Call 727-445-1200 for more.
Currently, All PSTA weekday services run on a Saturday schedule and all PSTA weekend service run on a Sunday schedule. All services will end by 10 p.m., including paratransit.
PSTA has taken the necessary steps to not only ensure the safety of its employees but also the community by requiring all who are able to board and exit the rear door and limiting passengers. PSTA is also encouraging all passengers to wear protective face coverings while riding the bus.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 the City of Dunedin Solid Waste & Recycling Division anticipates an increase in residential trash volumes resulting in the likelihood of some customers experiencing delays in garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection services. Our goal remains to provide service to our residents on their assigned collection day, however, some customers may see unusual service times. As a result, we ask that everyone please leave waste and recycling carts in their designated curbside location for regular collection until service can be provided.
UPDATE 4/8 The daily collection of trash, recycling, & yard/bulk waste has been designated essential Public Works infrastructure by the United States Department of Homeland Security. In continuing to operate, the City of Dunedin Solid Waste & Recycling Division has amplified its constant stringent safety measures for its office & field operations. These include:
- Social distancing at all employee workstations including the separation for inside truck cabs
- Enhanced sanitation protocols and regular disinfecting of all high touch areas
- Daily employee communication updates
- Employees that can work remotely are doing so
- Our people are Dunedin’s most valuable asset, and the safety of TEAM Dunedin is our top priority
Read more about the Pinellas County Small Business Grant Program
Florida Emergency Bridge Loans to assist Dunedin businesses impacted by Coronavirus
These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to "bridge the gap" between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
Qualified Applicant: Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and suffered economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with 2 to 100 employees.
Amount: Up to $50,000 per eligible small business. Loans of up to $100,000 may be made in special cases as warranted by the need of the eligible small business.
Term: 1 year.
Limitation: Only one loan may be made per eligible business. All previous bridge loans received MUST be paid in full.
Interest Rate: Loans will be interest-free for the loan term (1 year). The Interest rate will be 12% per annum on the unpaid balance thereafter, until the loan balance is repaid in full. Loan default is subject to a normal commercial collection process.
Application Period: Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2020, contingent on the availability of funds.
Businesses located in Pinellas County can visit here and complete the appointment form. Our staff at the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development will email or call to help you with your application(s) for assistance. Please do not visit the FSBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control's best practices for containing COVID-19, we will assist our small business clients by phone or email only.
Florida Department of Health
COVID-19 Call Center is Available 24/7For additional information regarding COVID-19, residents can call the Florida Department of Health at (866) 779-6121, or visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website.
If You Think You're Sick If you think you may be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor first, or call the Florida Department of Health at (727) 824-6900. No one should show up at their doctor’s office, a hospital or health centers if they are symptomatic or if they’re asking to be tested.
Pinellas County Government's Citizen Information Center is Open
Call: (727) 464-4333
Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Weekends 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For Assistance within Pinellas County:
Pinellas County COVID-19 websitettp://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/covid19/default.htm#assistance
* Residents are ordered to follow CDC guidelines, stay home as much as possible except for essential needs.
* Non-essential businesses are ordered to close storefront operations and customer foot traffic unless they are able to comply with CDC guidelines.
* Places of public assembly are ordered to close, including: movie theaters, museums, pool halls, bowling alleys, country clubs and others.
* County public parks will stay open; however, playgrounds within the parks will be closed. More here.
In the interest of public health and safety in response to the threat of COVID-19, the City of Dunedin has suspended all disconnections of water, wastewater, and solid waste services for nonpayment – effective March 18, 2020, through at least June 30, 2020.
Additionally, late fees will not be assessed to utility bills with a bill date on or after March 18, 2020, until further notice.
For the safety of our employees, the Utility Billing office (located at the MLK Recreation Center) will be closed to walk-in visitors. The Utility Billing team will remain available by phone 727.298.3024 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday through Friday, 7am to 6pm.
Customers may pay their bills using one of the following methods of payments: Online through the City website, Auto Pay, Bill Pay through customers bank, Drop Boxes, or by mail. All options are detailed below.
Drop Boxes—Checked daily
Payments and documents can be placed in these boxes located at the following locations:
An online PIN/password will need to be established, if the customer has not previously used this method of payment. To establish a PIN/password, the customer will need the following information from their most recent utility bill:
- Account number (with dash)
- Most recent bill date
- Most recent due date
- Balance due
(Customers can call Utility Billing for this information, if they do not have their most recent utility bill available).
- Follow the prompts to “Create Pin”.
- After the information is submitted, the customer will create their own password (between 5-8 characters), and add customer’s email address
- Once the customer receives a return email, they will be able to make their payment.
- The account number will be the login (with dash).
- Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted on the website.
An application and a voided check will need to be submitted to Utility Billing office.
Download the Application
The form and voided check can be mailed, emailed, or placed in one of the two drop boxes.
Bill Pay through Bank
Customers can send utility payments through their bank. Customers will need to access their bank online and will also need their City utility account number (complete with dash) and the City mailing address. Customers are reminded to set the payment date at least 5 business days before the payment due date.
Please make sure to mail payment at least 5 business days before the due date.
City of Dunedin Utilities
PO Box 9286
Bradenton, FL 34206-9286
The Pinellas County Commission voted on April 28, 2020 to reopen beaches and pools, with restrictions that require visitors to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another (if not living in the same household) and to not congregate in groups of more than 10. The Dunedin Causeway will be fully open; however, CDC social distancing guidelines stated above, apply. Honeymoon Island is a state park and its re-opening is not yet known. The Governor will likely be making an announcement Wednesday 04/29 regarding all other openings.
• Community pools in Pinellas County may open at 50% capacity starting Thursday 4/30 at 6am
• Visitors must follow CDC social distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet apart and in groups of 10 or fewer people
• Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking will re-open Monday 5/4/20 at 7am
•Visitors must follow CDC social distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet apart and in groups of 10 or fewer people
• Honeymoon Island is a state park and its re-opening is not yet known
• The Dunedin Causeway will be fully open; however, CDC social distancing guidelines apply
• Playgrounds at child care centers in Pinellas County can open starting Thursday, 4/30 at 6am
• Public playgrounds are still closed but Public Parks are open
For Pinellas County assistance, visit bit.ly/pinellas-assistance
If you need emotional support, Directions for Living is here to help. The emotional support line is open seven days a week from 8am-8pm. Call (727) 524-4464, ext. 1001.
Mental Health Support -
The following crisis hotlines provide free, confidential mental health support:
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay OR Dial 211
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or visit veteranscrisisline.net
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline or Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
The CDC is now recommending the use of face masks in places where it may be hard to social distance (e.g. the grocery store); however, manufactured face masks are still very hard to find. Quite a number of people are either making cloth masks or using makeshift masks. Read the CDC guidelines on how to wear, remove and maintain a mask.
Pinellas County Update as of May 1
Pinellas County aligns with Phase 1 of governor’s plan for recovery
Commission extends Local State of Emergency and clarifies new local restrictions
- COVID-19 Local State of Emergency extended for 7 days; County’s Resolution 20-20 Safer at Home order is terminated, relying on the governor’s order
- Governor’s order authorizes many nonessential businesses that have been closed to reopen Monday, May 4, with conditions and restrictions
- Governor’s order strongly encourages senior citizens and individuals with underlying serious medical conditions to stay home and limit exposure risks
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Friday extended its COVID-19 Local State of Emergency for seven days and issued new guidance that aligns with Governor Ron DeSantis’ Phase 1 Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s recovery (Executive Order 20-112), effective Monday.
The County’s orders include the following: pools, beaches, and a reminder for individuals to comply with all the County’s and governor’s orders.
Starting Monday, May 4:
- Citizens will no longer be prohibited from leaving home only for essential activities and services, but they should continue to practice social distancing. Senior citizens and individuals with underlying serious health conditions are strongly urged to stay home as much as possible.
- Essential services and activities previously allowed under the state’s expiring Safer at Home order may continue as they have been operating, including their adherence to safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
· Consistent with the governor’s order, many activities and businesses that pose a higher risk of transmission remain prohibited or closed during Phase 1. They include visitation at long-term care facilities; concert and music halls; bars, pubs, nightclubs; gyms and dance and yoga studios; personal services such as haircuts and nail salons; locations with amusement parks and waterparks; and vacation rentals.
- Restaurants and food establishments may reopen dining areas with a maximum patron occupancy of 25 percent of the stated building capacity (as allowed by local ordinances). Outdoor seating is allowed without capacity percentage limitations, but bar counter seating must remain closed.
- Many other nonessential retail businesses that have been closed to foot traffic may resume at limited capacity using social distancing principles. In-store activities can resume to a maximum of 25 percent patron occupancy of the stated building capacity. Pet grooming and car washes are among the businesses that may operate starting Monday, May 4. The County’s guidance strongly encourages residents to wear masks at indoor businesses like grocery and retail stores.
- Museums and libraries may reopen to a patron occupancy of 25 percent of the stated building capacity, but interactive functions and exhibits and child play areas must stay closed. Cities may decide to keep museums and libraries closed.
- Curbside pickup and delivery by businesses is allowed.
The County’s guidance aligns with the governor’s order directing everyone to not to congregate in groups of more than 10 people, and that people not part of the same group remain at least six feet apart. Large gatherings for sporting, leisure or similar activities at venues, arenas and stadiums are prohibited.
Beaches reopen Monday at 7 a.m.
The Board earlier this week approved the conditional reopening of shared pools and childcare facility playgrounds, which took effect Thursday, and public beaches and beach parking areas, which will take effect Monday. Beaches will be open for all activities that allow CDC social distancing guidelines prohibiting groups of more than 10 and requiring a 6-foot separation between groups. Local law enforcement will be protecting public health by ensuring compliance with the guidelines.
Ramping up testing
Before adopting Resolutions 20-38 and 20-39 on Friday, the Board heard from Department of Health Director Dr. Ulyee Choe on plans to make COVID-19 testing more accessible to citizens who don’t meet strict symptoms criteria and walkup traffic. Quest and LabCorp have begun offering testing for the COVID-19 antibodies. More details regarding additional testing efforts in Pinellas County are forthcoming.
Close data monitoring
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.
Pinellas County Local State of Emergency Extension until May 1
Local State of Emergency declaration extended from April 24 – May 1; public beaches and pools remain closed
Pinellas County issues updated businesses and guidance under "Safer at Home" order to help local businesses comply with public safety rules under the statewide and county "Safer at Home" orders, Pinellas County has issued expanded guidance on which services are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, animal shelters, automotive dealers and repair shops, bicycle shops, gun sales, insurance, moving companies and Realtors are among the essential services added to the existing guidance.
The updated guidance also adds several types of businesses to a list of non-essential services, which means they must close under the order. These include: boat and kayak sales, charters and rentals, tailors and alterations, yard, garage and estate sales and others.
STATE OF FLORIDA & PINELLAS COUNTY “SAFER-AT-HOME” GUIDANCE
*new updates April 9
1. Under the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-17 effective March 20th, 2020 all public beaches and public beach parking remain closed.
2. Under the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ “SAFER AT HOME” Order #20-20 effective March 26th, 2020:
Places of public and private assembly are required to close, whether indoors or outdoors. This includes locations with amusement rides, water parks, pools (except for those in single-family home), zoos, museums, movie and other theaters, public playgrounds, bowling alleys, pool halls, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations.
*All playgrounds are closed whether it is in a city or county park, recreation center, or private child care facility. All playground equipment is closed in Pinellas County regardless of where it is located (except for those at single-family homes).
3. Under the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Order #20-09 effective March 27th, 2020 recreational vessel occupancy is limited to no more than 10 persons per vessel and a minimum distance of 50 feet between recreational vessels and any other vessel shall be maintained.
4. Under the Governor’s Executive Order #20-91 effective April 3rd, 2020:
a. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. “Senior Citizen” is not defined in the Governor’s Executive Order.
b. All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
5. Under the Governor’s Executive Order and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Order all non-essential businesses shall close. These include, but are not limited to:
a. Acupuncture (unless service is under the care of a medical provider)
b. Antique stores
c. Auction houses
d. Automotive tint, wash, detail, and accessory businesses
e. Beauty supply and skin care stores
f. Boat dealerships, rentals, and charters; kayak sales and rentals
h. Clothing and shoe retail, rental, or consignment
i. Craft, art, and hobby supply stores
j. Day/Beauty spas, hair or nail salons, and barber shops
k. Décor and Lighting sales businesses
l. Entertainment establishments
m. Florist businesses
n. Fitness, Dance, Pilates, and Yoga studios and gyms
o. Furniture stores
p. Jewelry stores and jewelry repair businesses
q. Massage (unless service is under the care of a medical provider)
r. *Mattress stores
s. Music and instrument stores; music lesson providers
u. Optical retail stores (non-prescription)
v. Painting, craft, or art studios
w. Pet grooming businesses (including mobile and those co-located with pet retail stores)
x. Pet sales and adoptions as a primary business (excluding on premises animal care)
y. Smoke, tobacco, CBD, or vape stores
z. Spa and hot tub sales businesses
aa. Sporting goods sales and repair businesses
bb. Stereo installation and sales businesses
cc. Tailors and alterations
dd. Tattoo and piercing services
ee. Toy retail stores or amusement rental businesses
ff. *Video gaming retail or rentals
gg. Vitamin stores (unless service is under the care of a medical provider)
hh. Yard, garage, and estate sales
6. Under the Governor’s Executive Order and the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners’ Order essential services include but are not limited to:
a. AA/NA and other meetings (requires social distancing)
b. Animal shelters/adoptions at shelters
c. *Appliance rental stores and repair
d. Automobile dealerships, repairs and maintenance, auto parts stores
e. Banks and financial institutions
f. Bicycle sales, repairs and maintenance
g. *Cell phone stores and repair
h. Community based organizations providing meals and social services
i. 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;
j. Firearm sales and ranges
k. First Responders, Police and Fire, Jails and Prisons
l. Flight schools (only if located on airport property)
m. Food and beverage (grocery stores, food banks, alcohol sales, restaurants: delivery, take-out or curbside delivery)
n. Funeral services
o. Garbage and Sanitation services
p. Gas Stations
q. Government operations
r. Hardware, garden, and supply stores
s. Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare operations
t. Hotel and lodging
u. Human Service operations (including community-based organizations providing meals)
x. Law Firms (only for meeting court-ordered deadlines)
y. Manufacturing facilities
z. Moving companies
aa. Post offices and shipping services
bb. Process servers
dd. Stores: batteries, electronics, light bulbs, and office supplies
ee. Tax preparation services
ff. Telemarketing (requires social distancing)
gg. Title companies
hh. Transportation: airports, ride sharing, taxis, and public transportation such as PSTA
ii. Utilities, Public Works and essential infrastructure
kk. Warehouses: food distribution, food manufacture, and product distribution
7. Under the Governor’s Executive Order and the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners’ Order essential activities include but are not limited to:
a. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues, or houses of worship
b. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or a friend
c. Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, golfing (golf courses may remain open) hunting, or swimming
d. Recreational boating (boat ramps, marinas, and bait/tackle shops may remain open)
e. Taking care of pets
8. The social distancing requirement in the CDC guidelines, the governor’s executive order, and the Board of County Commissioner’s Safer at Home order directs everyone not to congregate in groups of more than ten people and that people not of the same family unit must remain six feet apart. This must be adhered to in a practical way while using common sense. To clarify, the directives do not prohibit ten people from being in one building or place. More than ten people are allowed in grocery stores, churches, parks, etc.; however, they must be six feet apart from those not in their family unit. The following are some examples of what is permitted and prohibited:
a. It is permitted to have eight people who are not part of the same family unit in a doctor’s office waiting room if they are six feet apart.
b. It is permitted to have a husband and wife sit next to each other in a doctor’s waiting room if they are separated from other patients by six feet.
c. It is permitted to have a family of four, family of three, and family of five all sit in the same pew of a place of worship if each family unit is separated by six feet.
d. It is prohibited to have six people who are not in the same family unit and who are not each separated by six feet in one church pew.
e. It is prohibited to have 15 customers who are not part of the same family unit all gathered less than six feet apart standing in front of the grocery store deli counter.
f. It is prohibited to have six people who are not part of the same family unit standing within six feet of one another along the rail on a pier watching the sunset.
g. It is permitted to have more than 10 people on the pier all watching the sunset if they are individuals or in family units and are separated by at least six feet.
(Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery)
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on April 3, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-91 and Executive Order 20-92 directing all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home only to those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities; and
WHEREAS, my administration has implemented a data-driven strategy devoted to high-volume testing and aggressive contact tracing, as well as strict screening protocols in long-term care facilities to protect vulnerable residents; and
WHEREAS, data collected by the Florida Department of Health indicates the State has achieved several critical benchmarks in flattening the curve, including a downward trajectory of hospital visits for influenza-like illness and COVID-19-like syndromic cases, a decrease in percent positive test results, and a significant increase in hospital capacity since March 1, 2020; and
WHEREAS, during the week of April 20, 2020, I convened the Task Force to ReOpen Florida to evaluate how to safely and strategically re-open the State; and
WHEREAS, the path to re-opening Florida must promote business operation and economic recovery while maintaining focus on core safety principles.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following
Section 1. Phase 1 Recovery
In concert with the efforts of President Donald J. Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and based on guidance provided by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, I hereby adopt the following in response to the recommendations in Phase 1 of the plan published by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida.
Section 2. Responsible Individual Activity
A. All persons in Florida shall continue to limit their personal interactions outside the home; however, as of the effective date of this order, persons in Florida may provide or obtain:
1. All services and activities currently allowed, i.e., those described in Executive Order 20-91 and its attachments, which include activities detailed in Section 3 of Executive Order 20-91, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders (as of April 1, 2020), as well as other services and activities approved by the State Coordinating Officer. Such services should continue to follow safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA. If necessary, employee screening or use of personal protective equipment should continue.
2. Additional services responsibly provided in accordance with Sections 3 and 4 of this order in counties other than Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, allowances for services and activities from Sections 3 and 4 of this order will be considered in consultation with local leadership.
B. Except as provided in Section 2(A)( I) of this order, senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) are strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
C. For the duration of this order, all persons in Florida should:
l. A void congregating in large groups. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space that does not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.
2. A void nonessential travel, including to U.S. states and cities outside of Florida with a significant presence of COVID-19.
3. Adhere to guidelines from the CDC regarding isolation for 14 days following travel on a cruise or from any international destination and any area with a significant presence of COVID-19.
D. This order extends Executive Order 20-80 (Airport Screening and Isolation) and Executive Order 20-82 (Isolation of lndividuals Traveling to Florida), with exceptions for persons involved in military, emergency, health or infrastructure response or involved in commercial activity. This order extends Sections 1 (C) and 1 (D) of Executive Order 20-86 (Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida), which authorize the Department of Transportation, with assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol and county sheriffs, to continue to implement checkpoints on roadways as necessary.
Section. 3. Businesses Restricted by Previous Executive Orders
Unless I direct otherwise, for the duration of this order, the following applies to businesses directly addressed by my previous Executive Orders:
A. Bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall continue to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. This provision extends Executive Order 20-68, Section I as modified by Executive Order 20-71 , Sections I and 2.
B. Restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 or 509, Florida Statutes, may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, so long as they adopt appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. This provision extends Executive Order 20-68, Section 3 and supersedes the conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-71 , Section 2 regarding on-premises food consumption.
C. Gyms and fitness centers closed by Executive Order 20-71 shall remain closed.
D. The prohibition on vacation rentals in Executive Order 20-87 remains in effect for the duration of this order.
E. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to implement and enforce the provisions of this order as appropriate.
Section 4. Other Affected Business Services
Unless I direct otherwise, for the duration of this order, the following applies to other business services affected by my previous Executive Orders:
A. In-store retail sales establishments may open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
B. Museums and libraries may open at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy, provided, however, that (a) local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government, and (b) any components of museums or libraries that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, remain closed.
Section 5. Medical Procedures
Subject to the conditions outlined below, elective procedures prohibited by Executive Order 20-72 may resume when this order goes into effect. A hospital ambulatory surgical center, office surgery center, dental office, orthodontic office, endodontic office or other health care practitioners' office in the State of Florida may perform procedures prohibited by Executive
Order 20-72 only if:
A. The facility has the capacity to immediately convert additional facility-identified surgical and intensive care beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients in a surge capacity situation;
B. The facility has adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to complete all medical procedures and respond to COVID-19 treatment needs, without the facility seeking any additional federal or state assistance regarding PPE supplies;
C. The facility has not sought any additional federal, state, or local government assistance regarding PPE supplies since resuming elective procedures; and
D. The facility has not refused to provide support to and proactively engage with skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other long-term care residential providers.
The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health shall utilize their authority under Florida law to further implement and enforce these requirements. This order supersedes the conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-72.
Section 6. Previous Executive Orders Extended
The Executive Order 20-69 (Local Government Public Meetings) is extended for the duration of this order.
Section 7. Enforcement
This order shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.
Section 8. Effective Date
This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020.
Section 1. Safer At Home
- Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
Section 2. Essential Services
- For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.
- Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders.
- Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions. The online list shall be available on the Division of Emergency Management's website at www.floridadisaster.org and the Florida Department of Health's website at www.floridahealth.gov.
- Nothing in this order prohibits individuals from working from home; indeed, this Order encourages individuals to work from home.
- All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.
Section 3. Essential Activities
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential activities" means and encompasses the following:
- Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
- Participating in recreational activities ( consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming;
- Taking care of pets; and,
- Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
B. Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.
C. A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.
Section 4. Local Orders in Response to COVID-19
This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order.
Section 5. Previous Executive Orders
This Executive Order does not supersede any Executive Order related to COVID- 19.
Section 6. Effective Date and Expiration Date
This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Executive Order 20-68 (bars, restaurants) and Executive Order 20-71 (alcohol sales, restaurants) shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.
Pinellas County residents can get COVID-19 test at no cost
- Walk-up and drive-through COVID-19 testing at no cost to residents.
- Residents do not need symptoms to be tested.
- Testing sites open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pinellas County residents can get a COVID-19 test at no cost to them starting Monday, May 4. 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. to 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.
Pinellas County will continue to share updates and outreach regarding these and upcoming events as test efforts continue to ramp up in Pinellas.
If you are currently out of work, the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program may be able to provide financial assistance while you are unemployed. Learn more about eligibility and the application process.
If you experience technical difficulties with the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program website, you can also print and fill out a paper application: (English | Spanish | Creole). Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application.