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COVID-19 Information – March 28, 2020

 The Town continues to implement directives from the White House, State of Florida Governor’s office, and local emergency managers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency protective measures, and CDC advisories.

New information is denoted in bold font.

Governor DeSantis has issued two new Executive Orders (EO) effective immediately.  Detail of each is provided below:

EO 20-86 includes new directives for travelers from Louisiana (added to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and establishes checkpoints for vehicles entering Florida. The EO directs all travelers from those States to isolate or quarantine for 14 days from time they enter Florida and applies retroactively to all persons who visited those areas within the past 14 days.  They are also required to inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread.  The EO further requires FDOT to establish checkpoints on roadways entering Florida, at welcome centers, and rest stops, and to require travelers from those specific States to provide information (including in written form) regarding the origin of their travel and the address of their location for isolation or quarantine for a period of 14 days.  Violation of EO 20-82 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.  

EO 20-87 Suspends Certain Florida Vacations Rentals of less than 30 days

Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the next 14 day period.  This directive includes rental of homes, condominiums, cooperative, or dwelling units that are considered transient public lodging establishments.  It excludes hotels, motels, inns, resorts, and non-transient public lodging establishments and time-share properties.  Violation of EO 20-87 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued EO 20-09 in order to provide enforcement authority on State-wide Florida waterways, for established social distancing directives.  These social distancing directives are detailed in Governor DeSantis’ EO 20-52 and Florida Surgeon General’s Public Health Advisory (described below).  The FWC EO implements boating restrictions to include requirements of less than 10 people on any vessel, and a minimum distance of 50 feet between recreational vessels.  The requirements do not apply to permitted mooring fields, public or private marinas, or permanently installed wet slips, and to vessels underway unless they are tied, rafted, or moored to another vessel.  Violation of EO 20-87 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.

The State of Florida Surgeon General has issued a public health advisory following Governor DeSantis EO 20-83 stating the following:

  • Vulnerable populations – Individuals over 65, and individuals with high-risk conditions should remain in their residences to limit contact with persons outside of home, practice socials distancing of 6’ from others, frequent hand washing, avoiding unnecessary touching of the face, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
  • Gatherings of Private Citizens – Social or recreational gatherings of more than 10 people should cease.  All gatherings of fewer than 10 people should practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from each other.

Density of the Workforce – Florida businesses should allow telework of employees; and should make efforts to reduce the onsite workforce to 50%, to the extent possible without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business. 

The Town of Longboat Key supports these measures and are coordinating for enforcement.

Longboat Key Town Hall, and other Public Buildings have implemented virtual customer serviceThis is an effort to protect our residents, and staff, while continuing to provide our high-level of customer service to residents, visitors, and businesses. Customers can contact staff via phone, e-mail, and when necessary, an appointment can be made to visit a facility.  Town Hall remains staffed, and fully operational, to sustain all Town services.

A CodeRED Emergency Notification was issued March 25, at 11:00 AM advising of the Town’s COVID-19 Response and to visit www.longboatkey.org for daily updates.  Residents who did not receive the call, please register through the Town’s website.  The link is located under the “I Want To…’ tab and re-directs you to the CodeRED registration portal.

Town Park/Amenity Closures:

  • Beach and Boat access to Greer Island (Beer Can Island) is closed
  • Longboat Key’s 12 Public Beach Access Points & Parking
    This includes Quick Point, Overlook Park, and Bayfront Park
  • All public boat ramps in Manatee County, including Linley Street Boat Ramp
  • Tennis Center
  • All active play areas at Bayfront Park - Tennis, Pickleball, Basketball, Shuffleboard and Children’s Playground.   
  • Sarasota County public beaches and Manatee County public beaches
  • Amenities at Sarasota County Parks

Public Amenities that remain open:

    • The Bayfront Park dog park, green space, kayak launch, fishing platforms, and walking paths will remain open. 
    • Longboat Key residents, private property owners, and their visitors, will continue to be allowed to use the beach under current CDC restrictions.
    • Please remember CDC recommended protective measures as you enjoy the remaining public amenities open at the Town’s parks: 6-foot social distancing, and no groups over 10 persons, and personal hygiene re coughing, handwashing, etc.

    Private Property Amenities (gyms, fitness centers, spas, and pools):

    • Town emergency management officials have contacted private property multi-family, and resort properties requesting them to assess their gyms, fitness centers, and pool areas for compliance with CDC advisories.  They urge those that do not meet CDC guidelines (gathering places for groups exceeding 10 in size, provide adequate space to practice social distancing, or are not routinely sanitized) to consider closing their gym, fitness center or pool facilities.

    If Someone Suspects COVID-19:

    • Individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19 should first call the Florida Department of Health, which has activated its call center, at 866-779-6121 or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov  AND follow up with your physician.

      Drive-Through Testing Sites in Sarasota County and Manatee County

    • Visitors to the collection site must have a Doctor’s prescription to be tested for COVID-19 and must have an appointment made in advanceProof of County residency is required (driver’s license, passport, utility bill)
    • Sarasota County – Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  34241

      Sarasota County Department of Health – 941-861-2900

    • Manatee County – Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221   Manatee County Department of Health – 941-748-0747

     

    We continue to evaluate on a daily basis any additional protective measures that may be necessary and will update the Town’s website.  

    Visit the Town’s website www.longboatkey.org for COVID-19 Updates, as well as links to Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida Department of Health, and Center for Disease Control.

     

    Prior Update

    COVID-19 Information – March 27, 2020

     The Town continues to implement directives from the White House, State of Florida Governor’s office, and local emergency managers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency protective measures, and CDC advisories.

    New information is denoted in bold font.

     Longboat Key Town Hall, and other Public Buildings have implemented virtual customer serviceThis is an effort to protect our residents, and staff, while continuing to provide our high-level of customer service to residents, visitors, and businesses. Customers can contact staff via phone, e-mail, and when necessary, an appointment can be made to visit a facility.  Town Hall remains staffed, and fully operational, to sustain all Town services.

    A CodeRED Emergency Notification was issued March 25, at 11:00 AM advising of the Town’s COVID-19 Response and to visit www.longboatkey.org for daily updates.  Residents who did not receive the call, please register through the Town’s website.  The link is located under the “I Want To…’ tab and re-directs you to the CodeRED registration portal.

    Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order (EO) 20-82, directing all persons entering Florida from an area with substantial spread (New York, New Jersey & Connecticut) to isolate or quarantine for 14 days from time they enter Florida and applies retroactively to all persons who visited those areas within the past 14 days.  They are also required to inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread.  Failure to follow EO 20-82 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine.

    The State of Florida Surgeon General has issued a public health advisory following Governor DeSantis Executive Order (EO) 20-83 stating the following:

    • Vulnerable populations – Individuals over 65, and individuals with high-risk conditions should remain in their residences to limit contact with persons outside of home, practice socials distancing of 6’ from others, frequent hand washing, avoiding unnecessary touching of the face, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
    • Gatherings of Private Citizens – Social or recreational gatherings of more than 10 people should cease.  All gatherings of fewer than 10 people should practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from each other.
    • Density of the Workforce – Florida businesses should allow telework of employees; and should make efforts to reduce the onsite workforce to 50%, to the extent possible without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business. 

      Note that these are advisories, and strong recommendations from the Governor, and Surgeon General.  The Town of Longboat Key supports these recommendations. 

      Town Park/Amenity Closures:

    • Beach and Boat access to Greer Island (Beer Can Island) is closed
    • Longboat Key’s 12 Public Beach Access Points & Parking
      This includes Quick Point, Overlook Park, and Bayfront Park
    • All public boat ramps in Manatee County, including Linley Street Boat Ramp
    • Tennis Center
    • All active play areas at Bayfront Park - Tennis, Pickleball, Basketball, Shuffleboard and Children’s Playground.   
    • Sarasota County public beaches and Manatee County public beaches
    • Amenities at Sarasota County Parks

    Public Amenities that remain open:

    • The Bayfront Park dog park, green space, kayak launch, fishing platforms, and walking paths will remain open.
    • Longboat Key residents, private property owners, and their visitors, will continue to be allowed to use the beach under current CDC restrictions.Please remember CDC recommended protective measures as you enjoy the remaining public amenities open at the Town’s parks: 6-foot social distancing, and no groups over 10 persons, and personal hygiene re coughing, handwashing, etc.

    Commercial Gyms and Fitness Centers:

    • Governor DeSantis ordered all gyms and fitness centers to close effective (March 20, except those which are amenities of hotels which have a capacity of 10 persons or less, an amenity of a residential building, or inside any single-occupant office building.

      Private Property Amenities (gyms, fitness centers, spas, and pools):
    • Town emergency management officials have contacted private property multi-family, and resort properties requesting them to assess their gyms, fitness centers, and pool areas for compliance with CDC advisories.  They urge those that do not meet CDC guidelines (gathering places for groups exceeding 10 in size, provide adequate space to practice social distancing, or are not routinely sanitized) to consider closing their gym, fitness center or pool facilities.

    Restaurants:

    • Most Longboat Key restaurants remain open.  Visit the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, or restaurant websites for hours and services offered (i.e. to-go, curbside, or delivery).  Per Governor DeSantis EO 20-71, restaurants with liquor licenses can deliver closed container alcohol with food orders. 

      Bars, Pubs, Nightclubs:

    • Closed for 30 days effective March 17.

    Other Delivery Services available locally:

    • CVS Pharmacy Delivery - 941-383-2475  
    • Publix InstaCart - www.instacart.com/longboat-key-fl/publix
      Publix stores and Pharmacy are open from 7:00 AM – 8:00 am on Tuesday & Wednesday for service exclusively to people over 65.  Stores close at 8:00 pm daily to sanitize and re-stock.

    If Someone Suspects COVID-19:

    • Individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19 should first call the Florida Department of Health, which has activated its call center, at 866-779-6121 or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov  AND follow up with your physician.

      Drive-Through Testing Sites in Sarasota County and Manatee County

    • Visitors to the collection site must have a Doctor’s prescription to be tested for COVID-19 and must have an appointment made in advanceProof of County residency is required (driver’s license, passport, utility bill)
    • Sarasota County – Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL  34241

      Sarasota County Department of Health – 941-861-2900

    • Manatee County – Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221   Manatee County Department of Health – 941-748-0747

    We continue to evaluate on a daily basis any additional protective measures that may be necessary and will update the Town’s website.  

    Visit the Town’s website www.longboatkey.org for COVID-19 Updates, as well as links to Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida Department of Health, and Center for Disease Control.

    Sarasota County COVID-19

    Manatee County – COVID-19

    FDOH – COVID-19

    CDC – COVID-19