The Sarasota city commission voted on Monday to reopen Lido Beach to the public. The beach, which is under the jurisdiction of the city, had previously been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other county beaches reopened earlier this month.
Beachgoers are advised to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safe social distancing in public to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected a total of 46,442 Floridians and killed 1,997 of them. City residents are also strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home under the City’s local public health emergency declaration, which currently extends through May 22.
The City’s tennis courts, boat ramps, fishing piers, dog parks and outdoor spaces are also open to the public; the Arlington Park Aquatic Complex is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 29. However, city park facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, as well as the Bird Key Park parking lot, remain closed.