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The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through June 19 following a weekly review, as required by the city charter, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency order issued Friday by city manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and city attorney Robert Fournier, also directs the reopening of Payne Park Skate Park on Tuesday, June 16. Temporary daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. until dusk.

Friday’s emergency 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. Although City buildings remain closed to the public, most City operations and services are still available. The public can conduct city business either online via or by phone at (941) 263-6000.


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