All Floridians to limit their time outside of their homes. Acceptable reasons to leave home include obtaining food, medicine, or other essential items. Working to provide an essential service, taking care of a dependent, or participating in recreational activities like walking and biking. Seniors of those with underlying conditions should stay home and non-essential businesses are now closed.
Details on St. Petersburg's $6.8 million Fighting Chance Fund were released earlier today. The application for this emergency grant for St. Pete’s locally owned businesses and their employees will be available on April 9th. Bars, restaurants, retail, and personal service providers like beauty salons and gyms are eligible to apply. Qualifying small businesses will receive $5,000 and qualified impacted individual will receive $500. To be eligible, your business must have 25 or less employees and be able to demonstrate working capital as of February 28, 2020. Grants may be used to pay for your lease or mortgage, utilities, employee payroll and benefits, and other critical business expenses. Funds will be distributed on a first-submitted and correctly completed application basis. Click here for more details and to apply on April 9th!
The Great Face Mask Debate
Confused about whether or not you should be wearing a face mask in public? You're not alone.
The current guidance states:
All medical grade masks, including N95 respirator masks, should be reserved for healthcare professionals and first responders
If you are coughing or sneezing and need to leave home for an essential service, wear a mask and learn how to properly wear it.
Always remember, masks are only effective in combination with frequent hand-cleaning and social distancing.