City of Gulfport
2401 53rd Street South
Gulfport, Florida 33707                                   
(727) 893-1000
Post Date, 3/17/2020 – 5:00 PM


For Immediate Release

As of March 17, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-68 placing limitations on bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19. The City of Gulfport will be implementing the Executive Order immediately.  

To further enhance social distancing measures and discourage excessive gatherings within restaurants and any other establishment that serves alcohol for on-site consumption covered by the Governor’s order, the City Manager orders the following:

  1. Bars must close today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for 30 days.
  2. Restaurants must immediately reduce/limit their occupancy to 50% of current building occupancy.
  3. Restaurants must limit parties to 10 individuals with a six (6) foot separation between any group of patrons.
  4. Effective, March 18, 2020, in Pinellas County, all restaurants must discontinue the sale of alcohol at 10:00 p.m.
  5. Restaurants must implement the screening of all restaurant employees.

* Determination of Restaurant or Bar is determined by the type of State of Florida   
Department of Business Professional Regulations issued license held.  

The City of Gulfport continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. City Officials are working in cooperation with our Federal, State, County, and local partners in preventing the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community. 

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For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) latest updates, please visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ .


The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health will issue updates every day, seven days per week. 

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated  COVID-19 webpage . For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the  CDC COVID-19 website . For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the  travel advisory website .
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is Available 24/7
Call: 1 (866) 779-6121
For additional information and helpful links regarding COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website at  FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19 .
Pinellas County has also established a dedicated  COVID-19 webpage  where citizens can find in-depth information on the virus, links to resources and regular updates.