COVID-19 Response & Recommendations
How To Help
If You Are Sick
Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking areas are closed for as long as the county is under a local state of emergency.
News & Updates
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get more information?
What is the new guidance for non-essential and essential businesses?
View the latest guidance online below.
What is Pinellas County doing in response to COVID-19?
Are the beaches closed?
Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking areas are closed 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, for the duration of the local state of emergency. Private owners along the beach must conform to the CDC guidelines of social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of separation from others and limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Are Pinellas County Schools closed?
Are the courts open? Do I still have jury duty?
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida will suspend assorted proceedings and hearings for an unspecified time, addressing only "mission critical" cases, such as first appearances, detention hearings, terminations of parental rights, issuance of warrants/authorization of wiretaps, and other emergency matters as determined by each judge.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
I am planning to fly soon. Is it safe?
If you have returned from any international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days and you’re sick, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has recently returned from international travel or a cruise and is sick, practice social distancing and call the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center (available 24/7) at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is proactive in their efforts to combat seasonal viruses and other infections. The airport has increased their cleaning schedule for all hard contact surfaces with added emphasis on restrooms. In addition, the airport is engaging a specialty sanitizing contractor who will come in and electrostatically spray and coat all hard surfaces with disinfectant to include the terminal area, restrooms and offices throughout the airport. This process is referred to as a deep cleaning or sanitization of the terminal. PIE is also purchasing additional hand sanitizing stations for customers’ convenience.
What should I do if I experience price gouging?
What is the purpose of the recreational vessel order issued by the Governor on March 27, 2020?
What does the recreational vessels order mean for boaters?
Can boaters gather on beaches or in shallow waters off of beaches in Pinellas County?
Do recreational boats have to be 50 feet apart at marinas, mooring fields, permanently installed wet slips or while underway?
How long will the order be in place?
What agency is enforcing the order?
Where can I find information on data, maps, and GIS information?
The Pinellas County Human Services department and our regional partners are working to provide assistance to citizens impacted by COVID 19.
Food Pantry/Distribution Sites
Pinellas County has more than 100 food distribution sites, offering prepared meals, groceries, and other resources for adults and children in need.
If you are currently out of work, the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program may be able to provide financial assistance while you are unemployed. Learn more about eligibility and the application process.
If you experience technical difficulties with the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program website, you can also print and fill out a paper application: (English | Spanish | Creole). Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application.
Duke Energy announced on March 15 that the company would not disconnect customers’ service for non-payment at this time in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. For more information, visit Duke Energy’s website.
Internet for Students & Teachers
Spectrum is offering free WiFi for 60 days for Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households that don't currently have internet or WiFi service. All installation and pre-payment fees will be waived. View more information.
For information about emergency business loans, reporting economic damages, and other resources for Pinellas County businesses, visit Pinellas County Economic Development.
Mental Health Support
The following crisis hotlines provide free, confidential mental health support:
Resources for Seniors
The following information is provided by the Area Association on Aging in Pinellas. AAAPP offices are closed to the public and staff are working remotely. All critical services will continue to be available by phone.
Senior Shopping Hours:
Community Operations and Updates
How to Help
Donate supplies to county donation centers:
Donate to local food banks:
Donations to food pantries in our area have slowed because of COVID-19, despite increased demand for food. Feeding Tampa Bay provides food to families in need in the 10-county area of West Central Florida. Cash donations are the best way to help right now. According to Feeding Tampa Bay, $1 = 10 meals. Make a donation.
Buy digital gift cards to support our local restaurants:
Help support the local businesses that make our Pinellas County communities such a unique and special place to live. Buy a gift card to help get them through this challenging time.
Deliver a meal to a neighbor in need:
Neighborly Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver 10 - 15 hot meals to homebound seniors, typically once per week between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Volunteers can help at one of eight locations throughout the county. Those interested in volunteering can call 727-573-9444, ext. 4391 and leave their email address. View more information.
Blood donations are down nationwide, and blood centers are in critical need of donors. Local blood banks are taking precautions to keep donors safe and urging people to donate. Find a donation location.
Run errands for an elderly or disabled neighbor:
A group of local volunteers in St. Pete Beach area is offering to run errands for neighbors in need. More information on Next Door.
Donate or help deliver toilet paper to seniors:
A coalition of local Tampa Bay area businesses, volunteers and concerned residents is working together to help ensure senior citizens have access to toilet paper during this critical time. To donate toilet paper or volunteer to deliver, visit DonateARoll.com
Donate to a local nonprofit organization:
If your local nonprofit organization is experiencing an increased need for donations or volunteers as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and you would like us to help spread the word, send us a message.
Restrictions on Nonessential Businesses
Pinellas County's Stay At Home order requires nonessential businesses to close. View information about the difference between an essential business and a nonessential business.
On Weds., April 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order requiring all Florida residents to stay at home except to obtain or provide essential services.
On Thurs., April 2, Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton issued an executive order requiring all non-essential businesses in the county to close for the duration of the local state of emergency.
On Friday, March 20, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order requiring the closure of all restaurants, except for takeout and delivery service, and the closure of all gyms.
On Tuesday, March 17, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton issued executive orders restricting restaurant occupancy and the hours in which establishments can serve alcohol.
Business can report economic losses related to COVID-19 online at www.pced.org/damage.
The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement economic relief programs for businesses can begin.
Federal Paycheck Protection Program and SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
State of Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans
For information and updates about emergency business loans, reporting economic damages, and resources for Pinellas County businesses, visit the Pinellas County Economic Development Council website or follow on LinkedIn.
Florida businesses can also visit http://floridadisaster.biz for more information.
Our local businesses continue to assist us through this crisis with generosity and innovation. If you'd like to learn how your business can help, please visit the Pinellas County Economic Development website.
Air travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
By governor's order, all citizens entering Florida from an area with substantial COVID-19 community spread, including the New York Tri-State area (New York, Connecticut, New Jersey), must self-isolate for 14 days or for the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. Additionally, anyone who has arrived from the Tri-State area during the three-week period preceding March 25 must self-isolate for 14 days.
If you have plans to travel, be sure you check the
While traveling, it is especially important to practice increased hygiene, including washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze (and throwing the tissue away), and keeping your distance from those who may be ill.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is open and operating. Patrons should verify flights with their airlines. Allegiant Air is updating info at https://www.allegiantair.com/travel-advisory-more-info. Airport officials are following the guidance of the CDC to protect the health and safety of passengers, employees and tenants. Precautionary steps include the following increased cleaning and sanitizing
For information on scheduled flights, please visit St. Pete/Clearwater Airport website.
Pinellas County is working closely with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater to monitor COVID-19’s impact on tourism in our area. For more information, head to the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater site .
What events have been affected?
Most public meetings and public events attracting more than 10 people have been canceled, postponed or are being held online. This includes private functions such as church services. Please contact the event organizer for confirmation. Here is a helpful link listing canceled gatherings around the area: www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/03/12/ coronavirus-event-cancellations-in-tampa-bay/ .
Parks: All events have been canceled at Pinellas County’s parks and preserves. The County’s parks and preserves remain open except for Sand Key Park, Fort De Soto Park, Heritage Village and the education centers at Weedon Island Preserve and Brooker Creek Preserve. At Fort De Soto, the campground remains open to those with existing reservations, and the boat ramp is open.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that people should wear cloth face coverings (whether sick or not) when they are in a public setting where it is difficult to keep six feet away from others (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Residents should continue to abide by social distancing guidelines, local orders, and conduct proper hand washing.
Medical masks should be reserved for healthcare providers who are on the front lines working to protect us all. Please avoid shopping for surgical, N95 respirator or other medical masks.
The CDC has created guidance on making, using and caring for face coverings.
Read more details and other important considerations for cloth face coverings from from Minnesota Dept. of Health.
For more information on how you can protect yourself, please visit the CDC's Prevention Treatment page.
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
For more information on the symptoms you should watch out for, please visit the CDC's Symptoms .
What to do if you are sick
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to
COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your
healthcare provider immediately.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:
For more information on how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, please visit the CDC's Steps When Sick page .
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is Available 24/7
Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center
Department of Emergency Management
During an emergency activation, call the
Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333.