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COVID-19 Updates

Date (2020) Update
04-03

All City of St. Petersburg Libraries are closed to the public until further notice, but assistance is still available. For a St. Pete Library card or help with your library account, Contact Us or email webmail.library@stpete.org

Your library card gives you access to electronic books, music, videos that are still available for free. Go to splibraries.org and click on "Download & Stream" to view and access the many offerings. Also, the individual apps can be downloaded to your mobile device. 

04-03

Starting April 16, St. Petersburg City Council meetings will resume virtually through the Zoom Webinar tool. The virtual meetings will still be broadcast on SPTV or accessible at stpete.org/TV.

To participate in a live virtual meeting, find more information at stpete.org/meetings.

Any questions, call the Clerk’s Office at 727-893-7448.

04-03 Today, the City of St. Petersburg announced the creation of the Fighting Chance Fund. This emergency grant will be available to St. Pete residents who own and independently operate small businesses which have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 orders.

The fund is expected to provide critical support to about 1,000 restaurant, bar, retail, and service-based businesses and their more than 3,000 eligible employees. The City's goal is to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue during this global pandemic.

For more information, visit the Fighting Chance Fund webpage.

04-03 State of Florida and Pinellas County "Safer-at-Home" Guidance
04-02 Executive Order 2020-10
04-01 Governor DeSantis issues Stay-At-Home Order 
03-27 Executive Order 2020-08
03-27

Effective Monday, March 30, in-person City services are suspended at the Municipal Services Center and Sanitation Administrative & Operations Buildings. During the closure, online/phone services are available to serve your needs:

Parking Citation Payment Office
Phone: 727-551-3125
E-mail: parking@stpete.org

Codes Compliance
Phone: 727-893-7373
Fax: 727-892-5558
See Click Fix is an alternate way to register a complaint

Housing & Community Development Department
Contact: Deborah Freeman
Phone: 727-892- 5554

Construction Services & Permitting
Phone: 727-893-7231
E-mail: permits@stpete.org

Impacted Billing & Collections divisions and contact information are listed below:
 
Business Tax Division
Phone: 727-893-7241 option 2
Email: License@stpete.org

False Alarms Division
Phone: 727-892-5969

City Collections (City Invoices, Special Assessments, Utility Liens)
City Invoices Phone: 727-892-5410
Special Assessments Phone: 727-893-7196
Utility Liens Phone: 727-893-7824

Utility Accounts Customer Support
Phone: 893-7341
Email: utility.bill@stpete.org

Payments by check for all Billing & Collections divisions above should include any pertinent information and be mailed to:

Billing & Collections Department
Attn: Central Cashiers Office
P.O. Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL. 33731
Main Phone Line: 727-893-4112

Don't see the department you're looking for listed? Contact Mayor's Action Center at 727-893-7111 or Action@stpete.org.

03-26

Executive Order 2020-07
Executive Order 2020-06

03-26 Closures effective Thursday, March 26, by Pinellas County:
  • Exercise/Fitness Zones
  • Playgrounds
03-25 Pinellas County Extends Local State of Emergency Order
03-25

Pinellas County COVID-19 Supplies Donation Event
Anticipating potential shortages in the county-wide response to COVID-19, Pinellas County is proactively collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectants for our hospitals, first responders, emergency medical services, nursing homes and home healthcare workers.

These supplies will then be delivered to local hospitals, long-term care facilities, and first responders to ensure their safety as they take care of our community.

Personal protection equipment (PPE) items requested:

  • Surgical face masks (note: we cannot accept homemade face masks at this time)
  • 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

Disinfectants requested:

  • Hand sanitizer (any size) 60% Alcohol
  • 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Sani-cloth wipes
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide

Medical equipment requested:

  • Ventilators

Please drop off your donations on weekdays starting today from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., or on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the St. Pete location: Tropicana Field, Lot 4, 198 17th St.. S., St. Petersburg, 33705

Other items, such as food, clothing and blankets, are not accepted at the above donation sites.

Citizens and businesses can help our local food banks by taking non-perishable food items to: St. Pete Free Clinic, 863 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 33701. Food donations accepted: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 am. - 12:30 p.m.

03-23

Statement from Mayor Rick Kriseman
A statewide, uniform, reasonable order limiting non-essential movement and activity will better protect Floridians and prove far more effective at flattening the curve than multiple policies among 67 counties and hundreds of cities and towns. Only Governor DeSantis can mitigate inconsistencies and confusion by ordering Floridians to ‘stay at home’ as soon as possible. Without such an order, St. Petersburg and municipalities across the state are likely to move forward on their own. 

03-20 Mayor Rick Kriseman and Florida Urban Partnership request relief for Floridians
03-20
  • Sunken Gardens is now closed to the public until further notice. 
  • The Coliseum is closed until further notice.
  • Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is still open. 
03-19

Executive Order 2020-05

03-19

COVID-19 Planning and Development Services Operations Update

03-19

Emergency Notice Concerning Computation of Time for COVID-19

03-19

Executive Order 2020-04

03-18

As St. Pete continues to prepare for the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the City team recognizes that it can be difficult to discern which state, county and local guidelines to follow – especially in regard to restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

At the minimum, the city is expected to follow the guidelines set forth by The Office of Governor Ron DeSantis. At this time, the Governor has ordered:
- Restaurants: 50% capacity* with 6 ft. between tables; takeout and delivery encouraged; employees must be screened
- Bars and nightclubs: establishments with offerings that are more than 50% alcohol are closed for next 30 days, effective 3/17/20 5 p.m.

Governor's Office Link: www.flgov.com

In addition to the Governor’s order, Pinellas County has followed the lead of the City of St. Petersburg to put forth more stringent orders. These additional measures were designed with specific consideration to residents and local businesses. Additional county/local orders include:
- Restaurants: last call for alcohol in St. Pete is 9 p.m.

Visit stpete.org/emergency to receive real-time updates and resources regarding COVID-19.

*50% capacity is not necessarily equivalent to 50 people/patrons. If you do not know your occupancy load, please contact The Greenhouse at 727-893-7146 or info@stpetegreenhouse.com.

03-18 ATTN: Businesses that offer take out or food delivery
Upon request2 additional 15 min “Loading Zones” may be temporarily added on each side of any downtown block where metered or time-limited parking exists. Any business that serves food, that does not already have a dedicated parking lot and wishes to take advantage of this program, please contact Keith Glasgow, Parking Division Manager at keith.glasgow@stpete.org with the request. Only 2 spaces per side, per block are available to be added, on a first-requested, first served basis. There is no charge or fee for this program.
03-17 Order for Public Assemblage
03-17

The health and safety of our community is our first priority. The City of St. Petersburg’s emergency management team and leadership met to discuss City operations regarding COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended social distancing and public gatherings of 50 people or more be cancelled. Following the CDC’s guidance, the City of St. Petersburg will be closing all recreation and community centers, pools and libraries.

In addition to facility closures, the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department and St. Petersburg Libraries Department will also suspend the following programs, events and services effective Tuesday, March 17:

  • All classes and programs taking place at a City center, pool or library.
  • All library public meeting room reservations will be cancelled.
  • All Healthy St. Pete’s free fitness classes, Health360 classes and Fresh Rec Stop Cooking Demos
  • Nature camps and programs at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
  • Youth, teen and adult sports leagues
  • Teen technology classes at TASCO’s Center for Teen Technology
  • Rental permits for centers, parks, pools and athletic fields and complexes
  • Stories of Women Leaders in St. Petersburg March 18 and March 20
  • Night Spiker at Elva Rouse Park on March 20
  • James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival on March 21
  • Teen BBQ Cook-off and Yard Sale at Crescent Lake Park on April 4
  • Senior Hall of Fame at the Museum of Fine Arts on April 23
  • Healthy St. Pete’s Healthier Together Workshop on April 24
  • Green Thumb Festival in Walter Fuller Park on April 25-26

The Libraries will not be charging fines while closed. Book drops will be locked. Library materials should be kept until libraries reopen; no additional fees will be charged.

Concessions at Mangrove Bay will be takeout only. The gift shop and nature center at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve will be closed; however, the nature preserve will remain open.

The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative office, 1400 19th St. N., will also remain open.

Questions about these events, programs and facility closures should be directed to the appropriate department:

  • St. Petersburg Golf Courses, 727-893-7054
  • St. Petersburg Library System, 727-893-7724
  • St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, 727-893-7441

Additionally, the following cosponsored or permitted events will be suspended. For questions regarding these event suspensions, please contact the event organizer.

  • Mobile Food Pantry at Childs Park on March 18
  • Heroes Memorial Run at Demens Landing on March 20
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk on March 21
  • St. Pete Annual Community Day at Lake Vista Park on March 28
  • Get Downtown/First Friday in Downtown St. Petersburg on April 2
  • Tampa Bay Bluesfest on April 3
  • Easter Celebration in Denver Park on April 4
  • PCC Community Egg Hunt in Lake Vista Park on April 4
  • Southwest Florida Tour de Cure on April 5
  • Community Festival in Campbell Park on April 11
  • Easter During Sunrise in Elva Rouse Park on April 12
  • Sunrise Service in Vinoy Park on April 12
  • Easter Sunrise Service at Williams Park on April 12
  • American Stage in the Park at Williams Park on April 15 – May 17
  • WUSF Longest Table on April 16
  • Food Truck Rally in Albert Whitted Park on April 17
  • St. Petersburg Aquatics Meet at North Shore Aquatic Complex on April 17-19
  • Mainsail Art Festival in Vinoy Park on April 18-19
  • SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Walk on April 18
  • SPC/USFSP Good Vibes Only Art & Music Festival in Williams Park on April 25
  • Painting in the Park in North Straub Park on April 25
  • Meek & Mighty/St. Anthony’s Triathlon at North Shore Aquatic Complex on April 25-26
03-16 Mayor’s March 16 Public Address on COVID-19
03-16 The City of St. Petersburg strongly discourages congregating throughout the city, whether indoors or outdoors. Please exercise common sense. While the City is not closing waterfront parks, as well as places like the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and golf courses, please create and maintain space for individual health and the health of other residents.
03-16 City Council meetings are canceled until April 9th pending further review. Other public meetings, such as boards and committees, are canceled until further notice.
03-16 Libraries, recreation centers, pools, Enoch Davis Center, and the Sunshine Center, are closed to the public until further notice. Outdoor playgrounds and exercise zones will receive considerable attention from our City team to ensure cleanliness.
03-16 Like many places of employment throughout St. Pete, the City of St. Petersburg will be amending the existing telecommuting policy to allow more of the servant leaders who work for residents to do so at home. Business leaders are encouraged to do the same for their workforces, as best they are able.
03-16

The City of St. Petersburg asks that residents take advantage of the City’s online platforms. For constituent service, that means stpete.org/action and the SeeClickFix platform. For permitting, please utilize the Open Counter platform found at stpete.org. While the City is not currently shutting off delinquent water accounts in order to ensure proper hygiene, water payments should continue and it is preferred that accounts be paid online at stpete.org/payyourbill or via telephone at 727-893-7341. Additional City practices may impact the personal interaction of City staff members with the public. We ask for your understanding during this time.

03-15 Childcare Suspension
Keeping our children, community and employees safe is our top priority. In an effort to keep our community healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department will be suspending childcare, including Spring Camps, effective Monday, March 16. If you have any questions, please contact your childcare facility.


We continue to encourage residents and visitors using our amenities to help us in keeping areas clean by washing your hands. The City of St. Petersburg continues to coordinate with our local officials and the Florida Department of Health, and we will continue to update the community on any changes through our website at www.stpete.org.

03-13 Mayor's Proclamation
03-13 Order of the Mayor


Resources

Federal CARES Act FAQs

Federal CARES Act Individual Rebates FAQs

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Federal CARES Act

COVID-19 Toolkit

Florida Department of Health Map

Pinellas County Business Damage Assessment Survey

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity COVID-19 Re-Employment Assistance

Alert St. Pete (Sign up for emergency messages)

Pinellas DOH  

Pinellas County Schools

Florida Governor - flgov.com

CDC

WHO

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