Clearwater Beach COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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Clearwater Beach is open. CDC safety recommendations are to keep six feet or more between you and others who are not in your family or group. Beachgoers are not required to wear a mask on the beach, but must wear one when indoors or where you can't properly social distance. Please bring a mask or face covering to wear in areas such as the concession stand line or public bathrooms, where it is more difficult to physically distance. Beachgoers should avoid congregating in groups larger than 10 people.

Community and Hotel/Resort Pools: Open

Hotel and resort pools are permitted to be open without capacity restrictions. Community, apartment, condo and other pools are also open without restrictions. If you're considering visiting a public pool (county or city-owned), call ahead or go online for updates before heading out, as many have limited access at this time.

Resorts, Hotels & Motels: Open

Resorts, hotels and motels are permitted to be open. 

If you choose to stay at a hotel or motel, be aware that new health and safety protocols are likely to be in place, with extra-thorough cleaning of public areas and guest rooms, as well as physical distancing measures on-property. 

Vacation Rentals: Open with Restrictions

At this time, St. Pete/Clearwater vacation rentals are permitted to resume accepting reservations and check-ins. Property owners and managers will receive comprehensive guidelines outlining safety and sanitation measures that must be followed for each vacation rental to open. 

Restaurants: Open with Restrictions

All restaurants are allowed to be open for take-out and curbside pickup service. In addition, restaurants can seat patrons inside at 50% of their capacity (not including employees), with physical distancing. Whether inside or outside, restaurants must position chairs and tables so that dining parties are separated by at least six feet. Outdoor seating will be unrestricted in terms of capacity, as long as physical distancing is observed. Some local restaurants have expanded their outdoor space to accommodate more diners in the open air. Seating is now permitted at restaurant bars, but patrons must be seated. Patrons cannot stand at the bar or otherwise congregate.

Restaurant staff must wear face coverings at all times (indoors and outdoors) while on duty, even when they are not customer-facing. This includes staff who prepare food and drinks.

Breweries & Bars: Cannot Serve Alcohol on Premises

Breweries and bars are not permitted to serve alcohol on-premises at this time. While they are not required to close, in practicality, many will. Some bars and breweries will offer to-go drink options.

Brewery and bar staff must wear face coverings at all times (indoors and outdoors) while on duty, even when they are not customer-facing.

Nightclubs: Closed

At this time, nightclubs remain closed.

Entertainment Businesses: Open, with Restrictions

Entertainment businesses such as bowling alleys, arcades, movie theaters, concert halls, playhouses and auditoriums are permitted to operate at 50% of building capacity, as long as they have appropriate physical distancing and sanitation measures in place. Face coverings are required, according to the guidelines described earlier in this article.

Pari-mutuel facilities may be open after written approval through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.


All public parking lots will be open. The city of Clearwater is encouraging people to use the ParkMobile App to pay for parking, to decrease touching surfaces of parking kiosks. You can download the app in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.

How to use ParkMobile

  1. Enter the zone number posted on signs around the parking meter in the ParkMobile parking app.
  2. Select the amount of time you want to park and start your session.
  3. You will get alerts when time is about to expire so you can extend your parking session.

Before you head to beach, please read Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's helpful tips on visiting the beach responsibly.