The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through May 1 following a weekly review, as required by the city charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency order also waives building permit fees for construction necessary to rehabilitate structures and make them compatible with social distancing practices. The change is intended to facilitate building modifications, such as installing new air conditioning equipment with better filters, removing a wall or other changes meant to help prevent the spread or recurrence of coronavirus in the city.
Under the order, Lido Beach will also remain closed while the city continues to monitor local COVID-19 testing results and the advice of public health officials. The closure of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has also been extended through at least June 15.
Additionally, the public is very strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home to conduct essential activities, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already. Florida citizens are to remain in their homes except to conduct essential activities under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Safer at Home” executive order. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited on public and private property in the City of Sarasota.