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Citywide public health emergency extended through April 17

Citizens strongly urged to wear protective masks in public

Post Date:04/10/2020 2:08 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988; jason.bartolone@sarasotafl.gov 

 

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 17 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency order issued by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, also very strongly urges citizens to wear protective masks in public. It follows the statewide “Safer at Home” executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that is in effect through April 30, under which all citizens in Florida are to remain in their homes except to conduct essential activities or seek essential services.

Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited on public and private property in the City of Sarasota. Those who must leave their homes are urged to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing.   

Although City buildings are closed to the public, most City operations and services are still available. The public can conduct City business either online via www.SarasotaFL.gov or by phone at 941-263-6000.

Additional resources

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.

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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

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