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Clearwater COVID-19 Updates: March 16

Post Date:03/16/2020 4:49 PM

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 16 AT 4:45 P.M.

Clearwater, FLA. - As we all try to go through this uncertain time, the city of Clearwater knows you have concerns about how we will continue to provide necessary city services to you. The city of Clearwater would like to provide you with the following updates and will continue to provide updates as the situation changes.

Cancellations

  • Sunsets at Pier 60 is cancelled until further notice.
  • Clearwater Neighborhoods Day scheduled for March 28 is cancelled.
  • Blast Friday scheduled for March 27 is cancelled.
  • The Sugar Sand Festival, which was previously scheduled for April 10-26, is cancelled.
  • The Earth Day Beach Cleanup previously scheduled for April 22 is cancelled.
  • Sea Turtle Awareness Day previously scheduled for April 4 has been cancelled.
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall has suspended its programs through April 2.
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium is closed to the public through at least March 27.

Libraries & Recreation Centers

  • Libraries
    • Clearwater Public Library System programs will be cancelled through the end of March.
    • All Clearwater library branches are open at this time.
    • The East Community Library @ SPC maintains altered hours, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. through March 17.
    • AARP Tax Help at the Countryside Library is suspended until further notice.
    • SHINE Medicare counseling appointments at the Main and Countryside Libraries are suspended under further notice.
    • The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas has cancelled all Conversation Classes in Pinellas County for the rest of March including Citizenship Tutoring classes at the East Community Library.
    • The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Center has suspended all American Sign Language library classes until further notice, including children's sign language classes at the Countryside Library.
  • Recreation Centers
    • All recreation centers will continue normal operations and operating hours for open play.
    • Spring day camp programs at Clearwater recreation centers will continue to be offered as planned. Any child showing signs of illness will not be allowed to participate.
    • All sporting tournaments (league and youth programs) and events with the likelihood of large gatherings have been cancelled through the end of April 2020. Full refunds without processing fees will be provided. Please work with the events supervisor to submit refund paperwork, if applicable. If you would like to reschedule your event, contact Events & Athletics at (727) 562-4700. The department will evaluate the date change request and work with you to find a date that works for all parties. All rescheduled dates and refund requests are due by April 6.
    • All staff-led recreation programs and classes including swim lessons will be cancelled for an unknown period of time.
    • All Aging Well Center programs and those programs targeted toward the senior population (Silver Sneakers and Enhance Fitness®) at Clearwater's recreation centers have been cancelled.
    • All contractor-led recreation programs will be cancelled at the discretion of each individual contractor, who will notify the city of any cancellations.

If you're not sure if a library program or recreation program is taking place, call the facility to check before attending.

Resident Questions/Pinellas County Call Center

The Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Citizen Information Center will be open during that time and can be reached at (727) 464-4333. This is where residents should call if they have general questions, concerns and need more information. Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the Citizen Information Center via online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat.

Florida Department of Health
COVID-19 Call Center is Available 24/7

For additional information and helpful links regarding COVID-19, residents can call the Florida Department of Health at (866) 779-6121, or visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website at FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19.

Facility Precautions

City facilities including recreation centers and libraries will remain open at this time, and staff will be adhering to CDC guidance on helping to prevent the spread of disease. Patrons choosing to visit facilities are encouraged to adhere to CDC guidelines to reduce their risk of exposure and keep themselves and their families healthy.

Fluidity

This is an evolving situation, and updates will be made as they become available. Thank you for your understanding as the city of Clearwater continues to do what is in the community’s best interest during this difficult time.

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