City of Gulfport
2401 53 Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
For Immediate Release on Friday, December 4, 2020
Gulfport residents, businesses urged to follow mask ordinance as COVID cases rise
Pinellas County Local State of Emergency extended through December 11
- COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in Pinellas, threatening hospital capacity and vulnerable residents
- Additional compliance efforts needed at bars, restaurants and other businesses
- Residents urged to mask up and practice social distancing in public to stop the spread
With COVID-19 cases reaching levels not seen since the summer, City of Gulfport leaders are urging businesses and residents to follow the protocols requiring face coverings at indoor public places and social distancing to stop the spread of the virus.
Over the past month, new cases per day have tripled and the percentage of people testing positive has doubled, reaching 8.4 percent on November 29 compared to 4.2 percent on October 30. Patients on ventilators have also nearly doubled in that time, from 32 to 57. Increases in deaths typically lag one to two weeks behind increases in new cases.
The Gulfport Police Department is placing new signage at local businesses to remind staff and patrons of the protocol and will follow up at those businesses reported to be consistently violating the ordinance.
Pinellas County has also extended its State of Local Emergency for COVID-19 through December 11. The extension keeps in effect a County ordinance requiring face coverings within public places, and restaurants and bars to serve only patrons who are seated. Public health officials continue to closely monitor the 7-day rolling averages for new COVID-19 cases, percentage of positive tests, hospitalizations and hospital bed capacity.