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Citywide public health emergency extended through June 12

Playgrounds, basketball courts to reopen June 9

Post Date:06/05/2020 2:21 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988;


Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through June 12 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City’s Parks and Recreation District also announced several reopenings: 

  • Doubles tennis play will be allowed at Payne Park Tennis Center and other outdoor tennis courts in the City starting Monday, June 8
  • All playgrounds and basketball courts at City parks will reopen Tuesday, June 9
  • Indoor pickleball courts at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will reopen June 19 and will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex fitness center will reopen beginning July 6. Fitness hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The athletic field at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will remain closed while the state continues to operate a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot. 

The emergency order issued Friday by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Attorney Robert Fournier, also allows several City advisory boards to resume meetings beginning on the following dates: 

  • Historic Preservation Board – July 14
  • Newtown Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board - June 25
  • Planning Board – Aug. 12
  • Public Art Committee – July 8 

The Development Review Committee will meet July 1. Subsequent DRC meetings will be as provided in subsequent emergency orders. 

Certain development approval applications may now be filed under Friday’s emergency order. 

The order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home, including in common areas of condominium and apartment buildings, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already. 

Partial street closures to help local restaurants and retail establishments impacted by COVID-19 will be in effect from 3 p.m. to midnight this Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6, on the following downtown streets: 

  • Main Street, from Palm Avenue to Mira Mar Court
  • State Street, from the State Street Garage to Lemon Avenue
  • Lemon Avenue, from Main Street to State Street 

Although City buildings remain closed to the public, most City operations and services are still available. The public can conduct City business either online via or by phone at 941-263-6000. 

Additional resources 

A state-run, walk-up COVID-19 testing site is available at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until daily testing capacity is reached. Testing is open to everyone, regardless of residency or symptoms, and no appointments are necessary. 

A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is now 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  A 24/7 hotline is also available:  1-866-779-6121. 

For more information, contact Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist:  941-928-3988. 


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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