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The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through next Friday, Aug. 7, following a weekly review, as required by the city charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency order was issued July 31 by city manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and city attorney Robert Fournier. It also authorizes the extension of experimental street closures through Aug. 31 for use by restaurants and retail establishments severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face coverings are now required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in the city limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The temporary regulation, which took effect July 1, will be in place for 60 days. The city has distributed more than 40,000 complimentary paper and cloth face masks to residents, visitors and businesses, with more available; if you or someone you know needs a free mask, email [email protected].

City buildings are open to the public by appointment only, and city business can be conducted either online via or by phone at (941) 263-6000.

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