The parking lot at Bird Key with a view of the Ringling Bridge

The parking lot at Bird Key with a view of the Ringling Bridge

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The parking lot at Bird Key Park will reopen to the public effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, following an emergency order issued by city manager Tom Barwin in consultation with mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch. Open spaces at the park, 200 John Ringling Causeway, have remained available throughout the COVID-19 local health emergency for walking, jogging, exercise and outdoor relaxation for people and pets.

Citizens are advised to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safe social distancing in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. City residents are also strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home under the city’s local public health emergency declaration.

Lido Beach, the city’s tennis courts, boat ramps, fishing piers, dog parks and outdoor spaces are open to the public. Arlington Park Aquatic Complex is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 29. City park facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, remain closed.

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