Post date: 07/02/2020 3:20 PM
Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through July 10 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The emergency order issued Thursday by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Attorney Robert Fournier, also extends the deadline for amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan until Oct. 2. It is anticipated that the processing of Comprehensive Plan amendments will be extended by about two months.
Face coverings are now required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in City limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The temporary regulation, which took effect July 1, will be in place for 60 days.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the face mask requirement is available at www.SarasotaFL.gov. For questions, comments or code compliance concerns regarding masks, email mandatory.mask@sarasotaFL.gov. Do not call 911 or law enforcement dispatch. City code compliance staff will initially enforce the ordinance and issue civil citations only when necessary, with a primary focus on education and encouragement.
The City has already distributed more than 10,000 complimentary paper and cloth face masks to residents, visitors and businesses. If you or someone you know needs a free mask, email mandatory.mask@sarasotaFL.gov.
Temporary street closures may be permitted through July in order to allow additional space for outdoor dining. Partial closures of Lemon Avenue (from Main Street to State Street) and State Street (from Lemon Avenue to the State Street Garage), are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
City buildings are open to the public by appointment only, and City business can be conducted either online via www.SarasotaFL.gov or by phone at 941-263-6000.
Information and resources for businesses and employees, including Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans and other assistance programs, can be found on the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County’s webpage at www.edcsarasotacounty.com/business-assistance/covid-19/
A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is now available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County: 941-861-2883. Subject matter experts are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The most current, official information on COVID-19 in Florida can be found at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. A 24/7 hotline is also available: 1-866-779-6121.
For more information, contact Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist: 941-928-3988.
About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov