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The city of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through July 24 following a weekly review, as required by the city charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency order was issued Friday by city manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and city attorney Robert Fournier. It also allows the code compliance special magistrate to conduct contested hearings regarding red light camera notices of violation on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.

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 says it has already distributed more than 15,000 complimentary paper and cloth face masks to residents, visitors and businesses, with thousands more available. To obtain a free mask, email mandatory.mask@sarasotaFL.gov.

Temporary street closures may also be permitted through July in order to allow additional space for outdoor dining. City buildings are open to the public by appointment only, and city business can be conducted either online or by phone at (941) 263-6000.

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