1255 N. Gulfstream Avenue, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34236Phone: (941) 487-1100
'We see how hard healthcare workers are working, so we decided to help out,' owner Jamie Caldwell says.
Between this week and last, Florida added 6,898 new COVID-19 cases.
Limiting hours and reducing visitor capacity have not resulted in the reductions needed to protect public health, park leadership said.
These procedures are defined as "medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk."
Restaurants are able to keep kitchens open to provide take-out and delivery.
Funds will be directed toward the purchase of ventilators, infectious disease testing equipment, cleaning robots and more.
The closures took effect in Manatee County at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 20, and in Sarasota County at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
Maps and interactive data—including for the Sarasota region—show the urgency of "flattening the curve."
Residents can also apply for a digital library card to access the online catalog.
The museums join the ranks of other area organizations in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Several local restaurants had already started to adopt new ways of operating before the governor's order this morning.
Parks and beaches are currently open, but residents should adhere to social distancing and public gathering recommendations.
Meals will be offered at five local schools every week until schools re-open.
Gardens CEO Jennifer Rominiecki said the gardens would continue to pay its employees throughout the duration of the closure.
The museum does not have an official reopening date.
The closure is effective immediately; animal care will continue 24/7.The closure is effective immediately.
According to the Florida Department of Health, 136 Floridians have tested positive for COVID-19 and six have been diagnosed and are isolated outside of Florida.
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In addition to neighborhood walkabouts, Girl Scouts have been permitted to sell through Facebook and Nextdoor due to coronavirus.
School districts around the state will keep students home for an extra week following spring break.
County residents who believe they may have COVID-19 are asked to call the Sarasota call center *before* visiting health care providers.