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CDC Guidance for Pinellas Businesses
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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (March 16, 2020) 

Over the weekend, the CDC issued an updated recommendation that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more. The latest published guidance is available  here

While local jurisdictions may impose their own restrictions, Pinellas County is encouraging all local businesses to follow this latest published guidance, including bars and restaurants to cooperate with this guidance, especially in light of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday and spring break activities.
 
The County is also reminding local businesses to complete the COVID-19 business damage assessment survey at  http://www.pced.org/damage   More than 1,200 Florida Business Damage Assessment Surveys have been completed state-wide.

Pinellas County is strongly encouraging citizens to think of their neighbors and only purchase cleaning supplies and paper goods in normal quantities. Local retailers and distributors are confident there is enough supply, so if everyone works together, we can prevent shortages.

While stockpiling of cleaning supplies and paper goods is not necessary, Pinellas County Emergency Management does advise residents to keep basic staples on hand. These include food items such as canned goods, dry pasta, peanut butter and fever reducers.

The Department of Health's 24-hour COVID-19 hotline is 866-779-6122 and the Pinellas County Citizen Information Center can be reached at 727-464-4333 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Friday, March 20, 2020.

For more information please visit Pinellas County's COVID-19 at http://pinellascounty.org/emergency/covid19/ or follow Pinellas County Economic Development's  LinkedIn Page at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pinellasbiz
 
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About Pinellas County Economic Development
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to our community. Through investment tools, business classes, professional consulting services, trade missions to open new markets, and strategic partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business environment and promotes the ideal business climate of Pinellas County, Florida. Learn more at www.PCED.org  and find customized business consulting to grow your company at www.PCED.org/sbdc .