SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through April 30 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The emergency order was issued Friday by City Manager Marlon Brown, in consultation with Mayor Hagen Brody and City Attorney Robert Fournier.
The city’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining to help restaurants and retailers severely impacted by the pandemic. Lemon Avenue will be closed between Main Street and State Street from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and from 3:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
City Hall and other city buildings are now open to the public, and face coverings are required. Some offices, including Permitting, are open by appointment only. Call 941-263-6000 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.SarasotaFL.gov for online services.
- The City of Sarasota is assisting Sarasota County to disperse $13 million received from the U.S. Department of Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program to help households unable to pay rent due to the pandemic. Residents can register now to be notified when the application portal opens for the program. Program details are available at www.scgov.net/rent
- The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is now offering COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals age 18 and older at walk-up clinics with no registration or appointment necessary. For available dates, times and locations and more information, visit SarasotaHealth.org or scgov.net.
- Homebound individuals can fill out an online survey or email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com to register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in their home. For questions and assistance filling out the survey, call 866-779-6121.
- A state-run, walk-up COVID-19 testing site is available at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until daily testing capacity is reached.
- A state-supported, drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is available at the Sarasota Kennel Club, 5400 Old Bradenton Road, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until testing capacity is reached.
Testing is open to everyone, regardless of residency or symptoms, and no appointments are necessary. For more information about state-supported testing sites and a list of frequently asked questions, visit floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites.
A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is 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 www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. A 24/7 hotline is also available: 866-779-6121.