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Citywide public health emergency extended through April 24

Public urged to acquire and wear protective masks

Post Date:04/17/2020 3:18 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3298; jason.bartolone@sarasotafl.gov

 

COVID_19_UpdateSarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 24 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 reiterates that citizens are very strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home to conduct essential activities. The public is also urged to acquire protective masks if they have not already, as federal, state or local directives may soon require that they be worn in public.

“Whether you’re headed to work, shopping at the grocery store or out for some light exercise, we strongly urge you to continue to practice social distancing and put on a mask, not only for your own protection, but to preserve the health of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Barwin said. “When public health emergency restrictions begin to be lifted in the weeks ahead, citizens should still be prepared to wear masks in public settings to help prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in our region.” 

Florida citizens are to remain in their homes except to conduct essential activities under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Safer at Home” executive order, in effect through April 30. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited on public and private property in the City of Sarasota.

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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