City of Gulfport
2401 53rd Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707  
(727) 893-1000
For Immediate Release, 5/1/2020

STATE OF FLORIDA & PINELLAS COUNTY
GUIDANCE for PHASE 1 REOPENING
STATE ORDERS and GUIDANCE


On April 29, 2020, the Governor issued  Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.  The plan allows for the phased opening of non-essential services and activities, and requires all individuals to continue following CDC safety and social distancing guidelines. 

1.  Under the  Governor’s Executive Order 20-111 , the State Safer at Home Order is extended through 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2020.

2.  The  Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 , Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, is effective May 4, 2020 with no set expiration date , and the following apply:
 
Senior citizens and individuals with underlying serious medical conditions  are strongly encouraged to stay home and limit exposure to reduce COVID-19 risks.

All essential services and activities previously allowed under the State’s Safer at Home Order  may continue in the same manner in which they have been operating, including adherence to the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA. 

Consistent with the Governor’s prior orders,  Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs  remain closed.

Vacation rentals  also   remain prohibited .
 
3. Restaurants and Food Establishments  may reopen dining areas with a maximum occupancy of 25% of the stated building capacity.   Bar counters where alcohol is served must remain closed. Outdoor seating is permitted under the Governor’s order without building capacity limitations, as long as appropriate CDC social distancing guidelines are followed. Please note that local ordinances may limit outside seating.  Additional guidance for restaurants and food establishments is enclosed in the last page of this document.
 
4.  Beginning on May 4, 2020, unless specifically prohibited and set forth below,  non-essential services and activities  may operate using social distancing guidelines. All non-essential services and activities may engage in unlimited curbside delivery and pickup. All permissible in-store activities must adhere to a maximum of 25% of the stated building occupancy. Employees, staff and/or independent contractors working at the establishment do not count toward the 25% building occupancy. Patrons will still be required to follow the appropriate CDC social distancing (no groups larger than 10 and maintain 6 feet between groups).  The 25% maximum occupancy limit does not apply to essential services or activities, such as grocery stores, medical offices and home improvement stores, etc.
 
5. The following non-essential services and activity types must remain CLOSED per the Governor:
o Arcade and video/game rooms
o Day/Beauty spa services
o Hair salon services (including braiding, hair cutting and styling)
o Nail salon services
o Barber shop services
o Fitness, dance, Pilates, and yoga studios and gyms
o Massage (unless directed by a medical provider)
o Painting, craft, or art studios
o Tattoo and piercing services
o Bowling
o Zoos 
o Pool halls
o Concert and music halls
o Locations with amusement rides and/or water parks
o Movie and other theaters (including adult entertainment theaters)
 
Any other non-essential service and activity not specifically listed above is allowed to operate, subject to the 25% maximum occupancy and social distancing requirements.
 
6. Museums and Libraries  - Maximum patron occupancy at 25% of stated building capacity.   Interactive functions/exhibits and child play areas must remain closed. Local governments may decide to keep museums and libraries closed.
 
7.  The Governor’s executive order directs everyone not to congregate in groups of more than 10 people and that people not of the same group remain 6 feet apart. This must be adhered to in a practical way while using common sense. To clarify, the directives do not prohibit 10 people from being in one building or place. More than 10 people are allowed in grocery stores, churches, parks, etc.; however, they must be 6 feet apart from those not in the same group. If you arrive together, you are allowed to stay together. Large gatherings for sporting, leisure or similar activities at venues, arenas and stadiums are prohibited.
 

COUNTY ORDERS AND GUIDANCE
  
8.  Under the  Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-33 effective April 30, 2020  all pools may reopen and are limited to 50% of that pool’s posted capacity and everyone is directed not to congregate in groups of more than ten people and that people not of the same group must remain six feet apart. Owners and operators must follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of facilities.
 
9.  Under the  Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-35 effective April 30, 2020  playgrounds and play equipment located at private child care facilities may reopen while following the  Governor’s Executive Order  of no more than nine children and one caregiver per classroom, provided that all equipment used by one group of children must be cleaned and sanitized before use by another group of children. Owners and operators must follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of facilities.  Public playgrounds remain closed.
 
10.  Under the  Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-34 effective May 4, 2020  all Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking facilities may reopen on May 4 and everyone is directed not to congregate in groups of more than ten people and that people not of the same group must remain six feet apart. Public beach restrooms may be open with enhanced cleaning and sanitation that meet CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection. 
 
11. All residents are strongly encouraged to wear face masks per CDC guidance  when in places of high foot traffic such as grocery and retail stores.
 
CITY OF GULFPORT GUIDANCE
 
oThe City of Gulfport Municipal Beach and parking lot will open Monday, May 4 at 7am. 
oThe Beach and Casino public restrooms will also open Monday, May 4 at 7am. 
oThe Pavilions remain closed. 
oAll playgrounds on City property are closed, City Parks are open. 
oThe Casino boat dock, in orchestration with the opening of the beach parking lot, will open Monday, May 4 at 7am. 
oPer City Ordinance 2015-08, boaters are advised that no vessel shall be moored to the
public casino boat dock for more than four (4) hours in any day. 
oThe tennis courts and skate park remain open.

Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.  
Examples for Restaurants and Food Establishments based on State Order
1.  Maximum 25% of Stated Building Occupancy

If your establishment’s stated maximum building occupancy is 180, the State Order allows for a maximum of 45 patrons at the same time indoors. The percentage measurement is not based on the number of tables you once had in your establishment; it is based upon the authorized building occupancy on your business license. Employees, staff and/or independent contractors working at the establishment do not count toward the 25% maximum occupancy.
2.  No bar seating is allowed, but bar areas that have tabletops may be open.
Not allowed
Allowed at tabletops
3.  Outdoor seating
Outdoor seating is permitted with appropriate CDC social distancing. Outdoor seating does not count toward the 25% maximum building occupancy.
These are examples of outdoor seating allowed with social distancing.
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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. 


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