Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through June 12

Playgrounds and basketball courts will reopen June 9.

By Staff June 5, 2020

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The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through June 12 following a weekly review, as required by the city charter, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The City’s Parks and Recreation District also announced several reopenings. Doubles tennis play will be allowed at Payne Park Tennis Center and other outdoor tennis courts in the city starting Monday, June 8; all playgrounds and basketball courts at city parks will reopen Tuesday, June 9; indoor pickleball courts at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will reopen June 19 and will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; and The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex fitness center will reopen beginning July 6, however, the athletic field will remain closed while the state continues to operate a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot.

The emergency order issued Friday by city manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and city attorney Robert Fournier, also allows several city advisory boards to resume meetings.

The order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home, including in common areas of condominium and apartment buildings, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already.

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