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The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through Sept. 18 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.

The city’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining to help restaurants and retailers severely impacted by the 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 face covering is in effect through Oct. 28. 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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