Coronavirus Updates

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March 16, 2020 12:37 PM

Stay Up To Date on COVID 19

The City of Pinellas Park is committed to the health and safety of our residents, visitors, and employees. Our Emergency Operations Center has been activated as of 3-18-20 and will operate virtually. The City’s executive policy group is meeting frequently to make public health decisions regarding policies, procedures, event cancellations and our general local response and its potential impacts relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Currently the City of Pinellas Park’s Emergency Management and leadership participate in weekly calls with the Pinellas County Response Operations Coordination (ROC) group and other county partners. Further, the City is coordinating with Pinellas County Medical Director, Emergency Management, Florida-DOH, and other state and local partners to ensure we have the most up to date information.

The Pinellas Park Fire Department, along with other fire/ems agencies in the county, have adopted personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines when responding to respiratory illness calls in order to limit potential exposure. The Pinellas Park Police department has adopted personnel guidelines in order to limit potential exposure.

Public Meetings Update:

Board of Adjustment, Workshop and CRA meetings scheduled for March 24th, 2020 are cancelled

Council Meeting for March 26, 2020 has been cancelled

Planning and Zoning Commission meeting for April 2, 2020 has been cancelled

Facility Closures as of March 17th, 2020 include:

The Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center
The City Auditorium
The Senior Center
Pinellas Park Box office closed to face to face visitors – online and over-the-phone box office hours are still available at 727-369-5746.
Barbara S Ponce Library will close at 6:00 pm 3-18-20 and will be closed until further notice
Pinellas Park City Hall
Technical Services Building - Permits will no longer be issued through walk-up service. Call our building division to schedule an appointments at 727-369-5647
Utility Billing Office located in City Hall – Online and phone service will be available
Neighborhood Services Building
Broderick Recreation Center as of March 20th, 2020
Forbes Recreation Center as of March 20th, 2020
Youth Park as of March 20th, 2020
*Please note we have also suspended our building/room rentals for events/meetings at this time at all of our public facilities and until further notice.

Event Cancellations

All Events have been cancelled until April 15th, 2020. However, the City may extend the cancellation of other scheduled events beyond this date. Events that have been either cancelled or rescheduled include:

Chili Blaze – England Brothers Park

30th Annual Country in the Park – England Brothers Park

The British Invasion Years – Performing Arts Center (refunds are being provided)

Tiny Homes Festivals (rescheduled) – England Brothers Park

Movies in the Park – McDevitt Park

4th Saturday Art Walk – Pinellas Art Village

Pinellas Festival of the Bands – England Brothers Park

Pepper Fest – England Brothers Park

Orchestra Concerts – Performing Arts Center

Organ Concerts – City Auditorium

Charles Calandra Concert – City Auditorium

Suncoast Model Railroad Club Show – Performing Arts Center

Beta Sigma Phi Easter Egg Hunt – England Brothers Park

Pride in the Park free permits cancelled as of March 19, 2020 and until further notice

All events at the Barbara S. Ponce Library have been cancelled

All Pinellas Park recreation events have been cancelled to include athletic leagues, exercise classes and gaming events to include shuffleboard and gym until further notice.

Open Public Facilities include:

Pinellas Park Public Parks

All public parks are currently open. ALL PARK EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AND THERE WILL BE NO NEW SHELTER RENTALS AT THIS TIME. PLAYGROUNDS BATHROOMS AND ATHLETIC COURTS WILL BE CLOSED.

Pinellas Park Utility Billing has issued the following notice:

The City of Pinellas Park understands the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the Coronavirus and we are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers as the situation evolves.

Please be advised that the City of Pinellas Park will not disconnect water for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. This will be in effect until the end of April. We will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later.

Further, If you are experiencing flu like symptoms, we strongly encourage you to use the City’s website to access your utility accounts. From there you can make payments, view account balances, or you can turn on or off utility service. You can email us any questions and we will get back to you within 24 hours. It’s easier and faster (in most cases) to manage your accounts online. The online payment convenience fee is temporarily suspended. You can phone us at (727) 369-0690 to speak to a customer service representative. Call wait times may be longer than usual.

If you haven’t enrolled in online access, please visit the City of Pinellas Park’s website, www.pinellas-park.com, and click on "Pay Utility Bill" and register your Utility Account in Citizen Self Service.

The safety and health of our customers and employees is of the utmost importance.

We thank you for your cooperation.
Pinellas Park Building Department Encourages Electronic Plan Submissions for Permitting

In order to prevent the spread of COVID 19 the Pinellas Park Building Division is encouraging electronic plan submissions to buildingdevelopment@pinellas-park.com. All electronic plans will be reviewed as received. The Building Division will continue to receive paper plans via a dropbox located at the entrance of our Technical Services Building - 6051 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 .Please be advised that there will be a 72 hour sterilization period for any paper plans submitted. Those submitting paper plans can expect delays. These delays are as follows: Residential from 3 business days to now 6 business days. Commercial from 10 business days to now 13 business days for plan review. If you have any questions you can call 727-369-5647

Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and gyms

The City of Pinellas Park will follow the Governor’s Executive Order effective 3-20-2020 . See executive order.

For the most up-to- date information regarding the City of Pinellas Park’s event cancellations, public facility closures and public service announcements regarding COVID 19 please continue to check our social media platforms and the city’s TV channel and website.

Trusted Resources about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) include:
For information from Florida Department of Health on COVID-19 please visit:

http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/covid19/default.htm

For information from the CDC on COVID-19, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For Florida Department of Health information, please visit:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/

Information on COVID-19 prevention: Stop the Spread of Germs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stopthe-spread-of-germs.pdf

Symptoms of Coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 call center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Pinellas County Citizens information line is open 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 727-464-4333 and is opening on the following schedule:

Monday 3/16 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tuesday 3/17 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Wednesday 3/18 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thursday 3/19 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday 3/20 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday 3/21 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday 3/22 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Local Business Resources

Report Economic Losses related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) at: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/5b54d87a/fEeZ7VBp6hGrZCLHhnsoMg?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pced.org%2Fdamage


Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey

The survey will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, please visit www.PCED.org/damage to complete the survey today.

SBA

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://link.zixcentral.com/u/88768e1f/2F6Z7VBp6hGXeSLHhnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sba.gov%2Fpage%2Fguidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for businesses impacted by COVID-19

CDC

Resources for Businesses and Employers: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/473755cd/xnqZ7VBp6hGihSLHhnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Forganizations%2Fbusinesses-employers.html

Colorado SBDC Remote Work Checklist

https://link.zixcentral.com/u/f704158d/RoyZ7VBp6hGUqSLHhnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.vailvalleypartnership.com%2Fsites%2F2%2F2020%2F03%2FSBDC-Remote-Work-Checklist-11.pdf

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

These working capital loans are intended to assist small businesses in meeting their financial obligations through the disaster recovery period.
These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
The application is available online at https://link.zixcentral.com/u/106b7c72/3E1nVfBp6hGlUaERh3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdisasterloan.sba.gov%2Fela
The interest rate for businesses is 3.75% with loan terms up to 30 years.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable for businesses without the financial ability to weather the adverse impacts of COVID-19.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://link.zixcentral.com/u/106b7c72/3E1nVfBp6hGlUaERh3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdisasterloan.sba.gov%2Fela. The Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020. Disaster declaration details are at: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/1573ef50/wp5nVfBp6hGvkKERh3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdisasterloan.sba.gov%2Fela%2FDeclarations%2FDeclarationDetails%3FdeclNumber%3D6063372 For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: www.SBA.gov/coronavirus.

Restaurant dining rooms have been closed to customers. Restaurants can operate a take out or drive-thru service. Gyms, Bars and Nightclubs are closed. See the below executive order

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-71

(Emergency Management - COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures, such as avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and in states with evidence of community spread, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed; and

WHEREAS, the State Surgeon General has advised me that gyms and fitness centers are establishments that attract gatherings of more than 10 people and are more susceptible for spreading COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-68 restricting bars, pubs, and nightclubs from selling alcohol and ordered every restaurant to limit its occupancy to 50% of its current building occupancy and abide by the CDC’s “social distancing” guidelines; and

WHEREAS, restaurants are increasing sales of orders for take-out and delivery for customers in order to meet demand while adhering to Executive Order 20-68; and

WHEREAS, I am committed to supporting retailers, restaurants and their employees as they pursue creative business practices that safely serve consumers during this temporary period of social distancing; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1. Alcohol Sales

A. I hereby order all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.

B. The restriction in section 561.20(2)(a)4., Florida Statutes, prohibiting a specially licensed food service establishment from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises is suspended for restaurants complying with Executive Order 20-68, through the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, so long as the following conditions are met:

1) Any sale of an alcoholic beverage in a sealed container for consumption off-premises is accompanied by the sale of food within the same order; and

2) Any delivery of an alcoholic beverage complies with section 561.57, Florida Statutes.

C. The provisions of section 561.42, Florida Statutes, and Rules 61A-1.010, 61A-1.0107, 61A-1.0108, Florida Administrative Code, are suspended for the limited purpose of allowing licensed vendors of alcoholic beverages to request the return of undamaged alcoholic beverages purchased for events cancelled in response to COVID-19, so long as:

1) The requests are made within 30 days of the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

2) Vendors shall make and keep records of all events cancelled in response to COVID-19 that comply with section 561.55, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61A-1.01028(2), Florida Administrative code, and also include:

a. the event name;

b. the date the event was to be held;

c. the date the event was cancelled;

d. the location of the event or gathering that was cancelled; and

e. the product returned to a distributor as a result of the cancellation of the event.

3) Licensed distributors shall make and keep records of all returns that comply with the record keeping requirements of section 561.55, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61A-1.01028(2), Florida Administrative code, and also include:

a. the request from the licensed vendors;

b. the date the request was made;

c. the identity of the licensed vendor making the request, including the licensed vendor’s business name and address;

d. the license number of the licensed vendor making the request;

e. the product returned; and

f. whether the vendor received cash or credit.

4) Vendors receive cash or a credit against outstanding indebtedness within sixty days from the date the distributor picks up the products.

5) The returned products were not initially purchased, sold, or otherwise obtained with either the privilege of return, or in any other manner that would be considered a violation of Florida’s Beverage Law.

D. This Section does not prohibit retail stores and vendors that currently sell sealed containers of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption from continuing such sales for off premises consumption.

E. This Section amends and supersedes Executive Order 20-68, Section 1.

Section 2. Restaurants and Bars

I hereby order all restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food consumption for customers. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments for the purposes of delivery or take-out services. This Section amends and supersedes Executive Order 20-68, Sections 3(A)-(B).

Section 3. Gyms and Fitness Centers

I hereby order the closure of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. This order shall not apply to gymnasiums and fitness centers which are: (i) amenities of hotels which have a capacity of 10 persons or less, (ii) are an amenity of a residential building, (iii) are interior to any fire or police stations or (iv) are located inside any single-occupant office building.

Section 4. Enforcement and Implementation

A. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order and shall take additional measures as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

B. Pursuant to section 252.36(6), Florida Statutes, all state and local law enforcement shall further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order.

Section 5. This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

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Under Florida law, correspondence with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is neither confidential nor exempt pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 119, is a public record made available upon request.

Under Florida law, correspondence with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is neither confidential nor exempt pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 119, is a public record made available upon request.

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