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Clearwater COVID-19 Update: Local State of Emergency

Post Date:03/19/2020 10:35 AM

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. Newer updates are indicated in yellow highlight.

City of Clearwater Declared Local State of Emergency

  • The city of Clearwater has declared a local state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has ordered all public beaches to close for at least two weeks, effective 6 a.m. March 23.

Section 1. The March 18, 2020 state of emergency proclamation is hereby confirmed. 

Section 2. This state of emergency has seriously affected and threatened the safely and security of the lives and property of residents of the city of Clearwater and requires the establishment of the following emergency measures: 

  1. The following events and activities with in the city of Clearwater are postponed, cancelled, or suspended for the duration of the emergency:
    a. All Community Redevelopment Agency meetings, city boards, including all advisory and statutory boards, city committees and city working groups. The Emergency Management Director shall have the authority to bring together emergency groups as needed;
    b. All Municipal Code Enforcement Board Hearings, Red Light Camera Hearings, and Nuisance Abatement Board Hearings;
    c. Any homeowner association and civic association meetings conducted or held on city property;
    d. All special events with any level of city co-sponsorship;
    e. All city recreational programs and facilities, facility rentals, and organized sports leagues.

  2. All in-person mass gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, consisting of 10 people or more are prohibited, EXCLUDING critical infrastructure and public safety and health functions.

  3. All non-essential businesses within the city limits of the City of Clearwater shall be required to CLOSE by no later than 10:00 p.m. (including weeknights and weekends). The term "non-essential businesses" shall EXCLUDE the following: restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, private offices, banks, hotels, hospitals, medical service providers, medical supply stores, hardware stores, gasoline service stations, and automotive supply/repair centers.

  4. Pursuant to the Florida Governor's Executive Order 20-68, all bars, pubs, and nightclubs (alcoholic beverage licensee deriving more than 50% gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages) shall suspend all sales of alcoholic beverages until April 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. or as further ordered by the Governor.

  5. Pursuant to the Florida Governor's Executive Order 20-68, all restaurants shall limit occupancy to 50% of their pre-emergency building occupancy and implement employee screening.

  6. All restaurants shall cease daily sales of all alcoholic beverages no later than 10:00 p.m. (including weeknights and weekends).

  7. All public bathing beaches, public beach accesses, the Courtney Campbell Recreation Area, Beach Walk, Sand Key Bayside Park, and public beach parking lots in the city of Clearwater as determined by the Emergency Management Director are CLOSED for 2 weeks, effective Monday March 23, 2020 at 6 a.m.

  8. All city of Clearwater libraries are CLOSED.

  9. All city of Clearwater Recreation Centers are CLOSED.

  10. Every public place, building, and facility, including all businesses, restaurants, bars, and retail establishments, but excluding public parks, shall have alcohol-­based hand sanitizer (so long as publicly available) at every entrance for use by patrons and employees upon entering and exiting.

  11. The Emergency Management Director is empowered to close any city of Clearwater parking facilities and the Clearwater Ferry (routes servicing the City of Clearwater only) as needed.

  12. No person or business entity offering goods or services for sale within the city of Clearwater shall charge more than the normal average retail price as defined by §15.01, Code of Ordinances, during the period of the declared emergency.

  13. Pursuant to§ 15.07(3)H., Code of Ordinances, the city of Clearwater's procurement code is here by waived. Emergency procurement is here by authorized to be signed by the Emergency Management Director/City Manager.

Section 3.

Pursuant to § 252.50, Florida Statues, any person violating the provisions of this emergency measures resolution after first being warned by a law enforcement officer is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. All violations shall be subject to prosecution under§ 1.12, Code of Ordinances. 

Section 4.

This resolution shall take effect on March 18th, 2020, at 6:05 p.m. and the measures in Section 2. (except Section 2., paragraph 7, as therein indicated) shall remain in effect for 30 days thereafter or as otherwise amended and ordered, or until competent authority declares the state of emergency and measures in Section 2. terminated. The state of emergency must be renewed in seven-day increments pursuant to§ 15.07(5), Code of Ordinances. 


Emergency City Council Meeting

  • An Emergency City Council meeting was held Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers to declare a local state of emergency due to COVID-19.


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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