Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended through April 24; Public Urged To Acquire And Wear Protective Masks

Coconut Telegraph

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The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 24 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency order issued by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, also reiterates that citizens are very strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home to conduct essential activities. The public is also urged to acquire protective masks if they have not already, as federal, state or local directives may soon require that they be worn in public.

“Whether you’re headed to work, shopping at the grocery store or out for some light exercise, we strongly urge you to continue to practice social distancing and put on a mask, not only for your own protection, but to preserve the health of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Barwin said. “When public health emergency restrictions begin to be lifted in the weeks ahead, citizens should still be prepared to wear masks in public settings to help prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in our region.”

Florida citizens are to remain in their homes except to conduct essential activities under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Safer at Home” executive order, in effect through April 30. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited on public and private property in the City of Sarasota. Although City buildings are closed to the public, most City operations and services are still available. The public can conduct City business either online via www.SarasotaFL.gov or by phone at 941-263-6000.

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