As part of the 4R’s framework, in concert with the Florida Chamber of Commerce (Relieve, Reopen, Recover, and Reimagine), the Chamber is leading efforts to strengthen businesses, their employees, and their families by providing immediate relief needs and  preparing for a safe reopening.

For the latest news, public health and business resources, as well as financial and business relief programs stay up to date with our Resource Guide for COVID-19 at stpete.com/prepare.

The Florida Scorecard – Pinellas County Metrics

Keep track of Florida’s key economic metrics and COVID-19 data with The Florida Scorecard™.  Updated regularly.

Reopen the St. Pete Way: Resources & Updates

UPDATE: September 25th 

Governor DeSantis announced the move to Stage 3 of his plan to reopen Florida businesses. Click HERE to view the Executive Order.

Here are the main updates:

  • Businesses may operate at 100% capacity effective immediately
  • Bars and Restaurants may be limited by local jurisdictions to no less than 50% capacity under certain conditions
  • Local ordinances regarding social distancing, mask requirements, and mandatory seated service may remain in effect

UPDATE: September 11th

Florida will allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday, September 14th.

View full Emergency Order 2020-10 allowing bars to reopen on Monday, Sept. 14th.

Local Updates: Pinellas County 

Pinellas County Ordinance 20-14 has  a half-dozen additional restrictions:

•Employees must wear a face covering whether directly or indirectly preparing food or drinks, whether having customer contact or not, and whether indoors or outdoors.

•Patrons must wear a face covering except when seated and consuming food or a drink and distanced six feet from other parties

•Standing at a bar is prohibited. The state’s reopening plan and the County ordinance require that patrons be seated to be served drinks for on-site consumption.

•Tables/bar stools must be spaced so that individuals and their companion(s) are separated six feet from others. Tables are limited to 10 guests.

•Standing areas are not allowed. Patrons waiting to be seated must remain distanced in groups of no more than 10 people.

•Bars and restaurants must establish rules that encourage social distancing, hand-washing and other protective measures based on CDC guidance.

UPDATE: July 2nd:

DBPR Amended Emergency Order 2020-09 amends the provisions of DBPR Emergency Order 2020-09, as issued on Friday June 26, 2020, to effectively order suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

What changed?
  • DBPR provided clarification on the previous order: bar counters, if a restaurant or hotel has a bar inside of their establishment that sells food. They can serve from the bar, stools six feet apart or max of 2 together.
  • This does not mean bars can open and start serving food. You must have the proper DBPR food service license. If you were closed as a bar – remain closed.

View DBPR Amended EO 2020-09

UPDATE: Friday, June 26th

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

View Emergency Order 2020-09

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 3rd

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that the majority of the state would take another step in his reopening plan and move to phase two.

View Governor’s Presentation | Executive Order

Under Phase 2, effective Friday, June 5th:

  • Bars and pubs may operate at 50% capacity inside and full capacity out side for dine-in service
  • Restaurants can offer bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing
  • Movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades can operate at 50 percent of building capacity
  • Retail establishments can operate at full capacity with social distancing and sanitization protocols
  • Gyms can operate at full capacity with social distancing and sanitization protocols
  • Personal services, including tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and
    massage, to operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department
    of Health
  • Pari-mutuel facilities to operate with a written request from the County Mayor or the
    County Administrator and after approval from DBPR
  • Floridians are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50, an increase from Phase One

As the State of Florida moves into Stage 2 beginning on Friday, June 5th, local Pinellas County and City of St. Petersburg officials have decided to align with the state and not impose any additional restrictions.

Additionally, Mayor Kriseman has lifted the order requiring alcohol sales to end at midnight. Last call is now 3 AM beginning today, Thursday June 4th.

NOTE: Please check the City of St. Petersburg Mayor’s Restart page regularly to ensure all local businesses and residents receive the proper information on how to operate your business legally and safely. 

Need More Help?
Our Business Resiliency Team will be ready to assist once they receive the county/city orders – we can be reached at www.growsmarter.com/brt if you have any questions on how this will affect your business. 

UPDATE: Sept. 10th

Pinellas County: Resolution 20-83, Order Extending State of Local Emergency through Friday September 18th.

As of August 31st:
Thousands of individuals and local business owners have already received emergency financial relief through the Pinellas CARES program, but even more help is now available.
Pinellas County hosted a virtual media event. We invite you to watch the updates at https://youtu.be/CD2e7QmKl8Y.
For businesses: New emergency grants now available for Pinellas-based businesses most impacted by the pandemic – generally, those required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business. Learn more
For individuals, families & workforce: Financial assistance for overdue rent, mortgage & utility bills up to $5,000 per household for those who lost a job or significant income due to COVID-19. Learn more
For the community: Support for child care providers and nonprofits that provide critical services, and investments in countywide COVID-19 response.
YOUR help is needed:
  • Share Informational Materials with everyone you know from the CARES Toolkit.
  • Educate Your Community about how these programs can help.
  • Sign-up to participate in Virtual Meetings to discuss getting information and help to more people, please register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/biznav
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here: www.pced.org/caresfaq

Pinellas CARES Business Program Expands

Qualifying business owners who apply online will be considered for one of the following grants:
  • Sliding Scale Grants: $2,500 to $10,000 grants for businesses making between $17,000 and $3 million in gross annual revenue.
  • Health & Safety Matching Grants: up to $10,000 to assist Target Industry businesses in implementing COVID-19-related upgrades and safety precautions.
  • Business Diversity and Arts Micro-Grants: business owners with barriers to participation in other grant programs may be eligible for direct financial assistance and professional services, including business planning and document prep for grant applications.
CARES Funds can only be used to reimburse losses caused by COVID-19 that are not paid by insurance or by another federal grant or program. These costs may include employee wages, vendors, rent or other business expenses.
Businesses that have already applied for or received funding from local city grant programs are still eligible for this program, and businesses that apply for this program may also apply for current or future local city grants.
Review full program details and apply online.
Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take their time to submit a full application, including all required documentation, for the quickest response. Grant awards will be made based on complete and eligible applications, not based on how early a partial application is submitted – submitting an incomplete application will delay the review process.
Individual assistance for unemployed and struggling workers, Workers who lost their job or income due to COVID-19 can apply for up to $5,000 per household to pay for overdue rent, mortgage or utility payments since March 1, 2020. The application process has been simplified to make it easier to get help.
Qualifications:
  • Email proof of U.S. and Pinellas County residency + overdue bills.
  • Sign a form attesting to lost job or income due to COVID-19 and less than $10,000 in the bank.
Important Note: Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic, this program is experiencing a high volume of requests. Payment will take several weeks to arrive from the time applicants submit all documents.
To start the process, text the word COVIDCARES to 898211 or review full program details.
Help for nonprofits and child care providers:
Nonprofits that have seen a rise in demand for services and programs due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance through the Pinellas Community Foundation, while licensed child care providers can receive a one-time grant up to $10,000 through the Early Learning Coalition. Learn more
Pinellas CARES Overview:
Pinellas County received $170 million in federal CARES funding to address the community’s most pressing needs related to COVID-19. The Pinellas County Commission approved the Pinellas CARES programs to support individuals, families and critical nonprofit services, and to bolster the local COVID-19 public health response.
The County developed these programs based on broad public input, including an online community conversation and a survey that garnered 1,114 responses.
More Pinellas CARES program information can be found at: http://cares.pinellas.gov.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 29th 

City of St. Petersburg to Resume Events and Reopen Facilities starting Monday, October 5, 2020:
  • The City will accept requests for events on City property and start to reopen City facilities.
  • Recreation center room rentals will become available and gymnasiums and fitness centers will resume operations.
  • St. Pete Libraries will reopen with limited hours. Services offered and hours will differ among library locations.
  • All other public-facing City facilities will return to normal operating hours.
Click here to find details on hours of operations and COVID-19 business mitigation plans that will be in effect for these City businesses.

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 23rd

  1. Fighting Chance Fund: The new application period with program changes is now available, as Tuesday, June 23rd, at 8:00 AM.
    If you previously applied and your application was declined, you are eligible to reapply if you meet new criteria. A new application must be submitted.View Fighting Chance Fund Round 3 Guidelines Summary
  2. New Executive Order: Mayor Rick Kriseman signed a mandatory mask order on Monday, requiring all patrons to wear a mask inside enclosed businesses.

    The order will go into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Kriseman signed the order the day before the Pinellas County Commission is set to consider three mask order variations. If the Commission passes a countywide order, Kriseman’s order will be moot.

    According to St. Petersburg’s order, the public is required to wear a face mask or face covering over nose and mouth in any public place of assemblage, which is defined as “any room, space, common area, or other location within a building or other structure that is located within the City that is open to the public or made available for use by the public.”

    The order DOES NOT apply to:

    • Outdoor or partially enclosed area

    • Residences, or dwelling or sleeping areas of hotels, apartment buildings, and dormitories

    • Daycares, educational facilities, health and ambulatory care facilities, and detention/correctional facilities such as jails or prisons

Further exemptions to the order include:

  • Cases in which there are less than 10 people and all maintain six feet of social distancing
  • While eating or drinking
  • While exercising or using exercise equipment
  • While singing, public speaking or playing certain musical instruments
  • While receiving personal services that involve the mouth, nose, skin
  • While communicating with someone who is hearing impaired
  • If having trouble breathing, unconscious or unable to remove the face mask without assistance; or in any case in which wearing a mask could be detrimental to someone’s health or safety

Violations of the mask ordinance will be treated as code violations and be subject to fines.

NOTE: Report violations to the St. Petersburg Police Department’s non-emergency phone number: (727) 893-7780.

View Executive Order 2020-26

UPDATE: Thursday June 18th

Mayor Rick Kriseman announced that as of 5 :00 PM on Friday, June 19th, all St. Petersburg businesses “will be required to have their employees wear a face mask or covering while in areas of the business open to the public.

The order is intended for all businesses, including restaurants, bars, gyms, retail establishments, salons and barbershops.

View Executive Order 2020-24

Alongside enforced capacity limits and social distancing requirements, businesses will be required to create and post a specific COVID-19 mitigation plan, which identifies contact points for possible exposure and spread and how those risks are being addressed.

UPDATE: Monday, May 18

Open to the Public May 18
– Computer access by appointment at Johnson, North and South Community Libraries
– Book returns at Main and Mirror Lake Libraries

Starting June 1
– Curbside delivery by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM – 5 PM at Main and Mirror Lake Community Libraries

Contact participating libraries to schedule an appointment. CDC guidelines are still in effect: Keep a physical distance of 6 ft. or more from others. Click here to see more details in the Orders and Policies section.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 13th

Restart St. Pete  – Temporary Retail/Restaurant Outdoor Expansion Program 

UPDATE: Monday, May 4th

BEACHES WILL OPEN EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 4th: By the order of Pinellas County, St. Petersburg’s beaches will reopen on Monday, May 4. This includes Lassing Beach, Maximo Beach, North Shore Beach, and the St. Petersburg Municipal Beach at Treasure Island.

Please be aware that swimming is not permitted at Lassing Beach.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are still in effect. Please continue to practice physical distancing of 6 ft. or more and large gatherings are prohibited.

CITY POOLS WILL OPEN EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 4th: The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department will be opening North Shore Aquatic Complex and Walter Fuller Pool.

Learn more about City pool hours and operations.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 30th
Statement from Mayor Rick Kriseman related to April 29, 2020 State of Florida Order:

“Related to restaurants in St. Petersburg, they may prepare to follow the state’s order permitting them to open at 25 percent occupancy indoors and with six foot spacing between tables outdoors beginning on May 4th, 2020. I want to be clear that the state’s order does not require restaurants and retail establishments to open on Monday, it simply permits them to do so if they choose to do so. Retail establishments that were previously closed may also reopen on Monday at 25 percent occupancy. Our current reading of the recent order is that localities cannot expand the governor’s restrictions, only further restrict them, and I will not do that in this instance.

I can assure all restaurateurs and business owners in St. Petersburg that they will have time to prepare if I were to further restrict a state order. It is important that our restaurants and retail establishments have clarity as soon as possible and that there is uniformity whenever possible.”

More City of St. Petersburg info at stpete.org/emergency.

Chamber “Reopen the St. Pete Way” Support

While we practice social distancing, our Chamber and community partners are still working to bring you opportunities to get connected and stay informed as we navigate our current circumstances. We invite you to stay engaged virtually while we are unable to convene in person.

To view our upcoming events or watch recordings of past events, click here

Additional Documents & Resources from our Events:

Let the people of St. Pete know that your restaurant or retail business is Open the St. Pete Way with the St. Pete Chamber’s Pelican poster.  

Open the St. Pete Way means you have created unique COVID 19 returning guidelines for keeping your customers and employees safe. 

We’ll deliver your poster and promote throughout our media channels if you simply send the following info to Montana deKuyperMembership Services Coordinator, at mdekuyper@stpete.com: 

  • Contact name 
  • Business name 
  • Address 
  • Website address 
  • A PDF of your Open the St. Pete Way Safety Plan or a link to where it appears on your website 
  • Your email and phone number so we can coordinate delivery 

We will post your plan on our website (below), so please keep it customerfriendlyKey items to include are topics like your facility cleaning proceduresthe expectations of customer interactions and employee safetyassurance of understanding social distancing requirements, etc.

Click here to learn more

 

PLEASE NOTE: The St. Pete Chamber is providing this information as a service to our members and the community to highlight businesses with COVID-19 safety guidelines. While we reserve the right to reclaim the poster if a business is not operating in the “St. Pete Way,” we are not responsible for enforcing these their guidelines. Patronizing one of these businesses is an individual decision made at the customer’s sole discretion. We care about your health and theirs. Stay safe

The Business Resiliency Team program is a partnership between Grow Smarter St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Greenhouse, the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation,  and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Our Business Resiliency Navigators will:

  • Establish relationships with you to understand your business needs.
  • Connect you with information, resources, and volunteer professionals to help your business survive and thrive.
  • Follow up and provide guidance along the way.

You can get in touch with our team by calling (727) 351-3249 or emailing BRT@growsmarterstpete.com.

More Business Resiliency Team Info:

Give Us 5: Business Resiliency Volunteers

We are looking for Business Resiliency Volunteers; attorneys, accountants, bankers, business consultants, marketers, tech experts, etc. who are willing to provide their time, free of charge, to our business community. If you would like to donate your time, skills, and resources please reach out to brt@growsmarterstpete.com. 

Pinellas County Emergency Management has provided a vendor list for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) vendors. This list will be updated as the information is received.

As of April 23, 2020: Pinellas County PPE Vendor List

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“Open the St. Pete Way” – St. Pete Community’s Business Safety Guidelines