The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 17 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency order issued by city manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, also strongly urges citizens to wear protective masks in public. It follows the statewide “Safer at Home” executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that 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, and those who must leave their homes are urged to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing.
Additionally, the city has announced that the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, in consultation with city leadership, has canceled the annual Memorial Day parade in the interest of public health and safety.