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Citywide public health emergency extended through June 26

Public again strongly urged to wear masks when leaving home

Post Date:06/19/2020 1:56 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988;


COVID19Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through June 26 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency order issued Friday by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Attorney Robert Fournier, again strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home.

The order also allows for the following meetings to be held: 

  • Code Compliance Special Magistrate hearing (by phone): July 9
  • Development Review Committee meeting: July 15; regular meeting schedule to resume Aug. 5
  • Planning Board special meeting: July 22
  • Community workshops: may resume beginning Aug. 3 

Meeting times, locations and agendas will be posted to the City’s website as they become available. Additional details can be found in the emergency order

Development application re-submittals may be filed beginning July 13 as authorized by the emergency order, and new applications starting Aug. 3. 

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. 

Additional resources 

A state-run, walk-up COVID-19 testing site is available at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until daily testing capacity is reached. Testing is open to everyone, regardless of residency or symptoms, and no appointments are necessary. 

A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is now available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County:  941-861-2883. Subject matter experts are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The most current, official information on COVID-19 in Florida can be found at  A 24/7 hotline is also available:  1-866-779-6121. 

For more information, contact Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist:  941-928-3988. 


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov.

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