The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 24 following a weekly review in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency order—issued by city manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch—also reiterates that citizens are very strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home to conduct essential activities. The public is also urged to acquire protective masks if they have not already, as federal, state or local directives may soon require that they be worn in public.
Under Gov. Ron DeSantis' "safer at home" order, Florida citizens are to remain in their homes except to conduct essential activities, which is in effect through April 30. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited on public and private property in the City of Sarasota. Although city buildings are closed to the public, most city operations and services are still available. The public can conduct city business either online via www.sarasotafl.gov or by phone at (941) 263-6000.