St. Johns County Cornavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Updates

Updates, Advisories, & Announcements

For the status of Cornavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida and St. Johns County, please visit the Florida Dept. of Health Online Dashboard.


August 10, 2020

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting August 11, 2020

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. The meeting agenda can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.


August 7, 2020

St. Johns County Extends Building and Permit Fee Reductions for Local Businesses and Residents

In order to provide relief for local businesses and residents who are recovering from the impact of COVID-19, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners extended a 30 percent reduction in all general building permit fees. Specific reduced fees include those related to development review, fire safety inspections, residential and commercial demolition, swimming pool fees, as well as electrical, gas, plumbing, mechanical, and irrigation permit fees. The fee reductions are in effect through November 3, 2020. For more information, please call St. Johns County Building Services at 904.827.6800, or view the updated fee schedule at www.sjcfl.us/media/FeeSchedule.pdf

Notice of Special Meeting of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners scheduled for August 11, 2020


July 27, 2020

St. Johns County CARES Act Funding Program for Residents, Businesses, and Nonprofits

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved Phase I of a $46 million CARES Act funding program in response to COVID-19. The program focuses on assistance for small businesses, residents, nonprofit organizations, and other COVID-19 response-related projects. Grant criteria for each category are currently under development and will be posted on www.sjcfl.us with applications in the coming weeks. For more information related to the CARES Act and funding programs, please call 904.209.6050 or email sjccares@sjcfl.us.

St. Johns County Mandates the Use of Face Coverings in all County Facilities

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility are required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. This Emergency Order will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee. For more information, please contact 904.824.5550. Use of Face Coverings in All County Facilities Fact Sheet


July 24, 2020

"Pledge St. Johns County" Program Encourages Business Commitment to CDC Health Guidelines

The "Pledge St. Johns County" program offers businesses the opportunity to commit to CDC guidelines and ensure St. Johns County residents, visitors, and employees are safe and comfortable in their establishments. Created in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, "Pledge St. Johns County" features a pledge in which businesses vow to adhere to guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. In addition, they pledge to encourage the use of face coverings by staff and customers. Organizations that take the Pledge will receive a toolkit of printable display materials to let employees and customers know they are a "Pledge St. Johns County" business. Pledged businesses will also be recognized on the "Pledge St. Johns County" website directory. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support "Pledge St. Johns County" businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com.


July 23, 2020

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

One or more members of the Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting


July 16, 2020

Florida Power & Light Financial Assistance

Having trouble paying your FPL bill because of COVID-19? You may qualify for local, state and/or federal financial assistance, which has increased significantly due to the pandemic. And, we're here to help. All it takes is a phone call. We will continue working closely with you to do everything we can to avoid turning lights off for nonpayment, which is and has always been a last resort. Call us directly at 800.226.3545.


Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting: The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. The meeting agenda can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.


July 8, 2020

Free Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing at Flagler Hospital

St. Johns County and Flagler Health+ are offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday beginning Thursday, July 9, at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. The testing site will be located in Parking Lot B and will remain open from 7 to 11 a.m. or until the maximum number of daily tests are collected. Testing is available for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor's note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested. While insurance cards are not needed, a photo ID is required.

"Due to the funds recently received by the CARES Act, we are now able to offer this testing at no charge to our community," said Hunter Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We're grateful for our partnership with Flagler Health+ in providing this service, and hopeful the increased testing will help us all continue making the best health and wellness decisions for ourselves and our families."

The testing site is being funded through the CARES Act. Results will be provided via telephone within seven to ten days. To expedite the process, patients are encouraged to pre-register by downloading the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app, accepting the terms and conditions, clicking on "See a Provider", and selecting the laboratory icon. Patients can then virtually "get in line" for the drive-thru test site.

"We are pleased to partner with St. Johns County to broaden testing availability for our area's residents," stated Flagler Health+ President and CEO Jason Barrett. "The ongoing collaboration we continue to enjoy with our county government and other agencies truly sets our community apart. Although these are troubling and challenging times, we are well prepared, sufficiently resourced, and here to support you as we navigate through this pandemic together."

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Citizens Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.


June 30, 2020

St. Johns County Public Library Reinstates Fine Accrual and Expands Services 

Beginning June 30, the St. Johns County Public Library System will reinstate fine accrual for all items borrowed going forward. Fines may be paid in person or online at www.sjcpls.org and logging in with a library card. All St. Johns County library branches are open for expanded services including limited browsing, grab-and-go service, computer usage up to one hour with printing, faxing, copies, and notary services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Seating areas, meeting rooms, and play areas remain closed, and magazines and newspapers remain unavailable. In accordance with CDC recommendations and State of Florida safety guidelines, building capacity is limited, all returned materials are to be placed in the book drop and are isolated for 72 hours, and face coverings are strongly recommended. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your branch library.


June 26, 2020

State of Florida Restricts On-Premises Alcohol Consumption Effective June 26, 2020

Per the State of Florida's Emergency Order 2020-09, issued on Friday, June 26, all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, and who derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, shall suspend the sale of all alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, effective immediately. Vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. Vendors who are also licensed as public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables, provided these vendors derive 50 percent or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center at 904.824.5550.

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditoirum located in the County Administration Building, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting Full Notice


June 25, 2020

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Encourages Businesses to Require Masks

The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners strongly encourages local businesses to mandate that employees and customers wear masks while inside their establishments in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. The recommendation is made in conjunction with Pledge St. Johns County, a program that offers businesses the opportunity to pledge to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. Businesses that take the Pledge are eligible to receive a limited mask allotment for distribution to their customers and employees. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support "Pledge St. Johns County" businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com. For additional information regarding mask allotments for businesses that take the Pledge, please call 904.824.5550 or email pledgesjc@sjcfl.us.

St. Johns County Recommends All Residents and Businesses Adhere to Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Health Advisory

A new "Pledge St. Johns County" program offers businesses the opportunity to commit to CDC guidelines and ensure St. Johns County residents, visitors, and employees are safe and comfortable in their establishments. Created in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, "Pledge St. Johns County" features a pledge in which businesses vow to adhere to guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. In addition, they pledge to encourage the use of face coverings by staff and customers. Organizations that take the Pledge will receive a toolkit of printable display materials to let employees and customers know they are a "Pledge St. Johns County" business. Pledged businesses will also be recognized on the "Pledge St. Johns County" website directory. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support "Pledge St. Johns County" businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com.


June 22, 2020

St. Johns County Recommends All Residents and Businesses Adhere to Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Health Advisory

The Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory on June 20 in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. The advisory recommends wearing masks in public, encourages elderly and vulnerable populations to limit interactions outside of the home, and urges all individuals to refrain from participating in gatherings of more than 50 people. All persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis. In addition, Governor DeSantis also directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to increase inspections to ensure that businesses are adhering to applicable Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidance.

The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:

    1. All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless certain conditions apply.

    2. All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home.

    3. All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.

St. Johns County is currently in Phase 2, which dictates:

  • Restaurants, bars, and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, excluding nightclubs, may operate at fifty percent of the establishment's indoor capacity and at full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Bar areas may operate with seated service.
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at fifty percent of the establishment's capacity with appropriate social distancing between groups and proper sanitization protocols.
  • In-store retail businesses, gyms, and fitness centers may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing measures and proper sanitization protocols.
  • Personal services including but not limited to barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattooing, body piercing, tanning, and massage may operate while adhering to appropriate safety guidelines outlined by the Florida Department of Health.

For more information or a complete review of the State of Florida's recent Public Health Advisory, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

 

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. The meeting agenda can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas/. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.


June 19, 2020

Wednesday Pier Farmers Market Resumes July 1

The Wednesday Pier Farmers Market at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier parking lot, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., will resume modified operations from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning July 1. In accordance with recommended CDC guidelines, the following protocols will be in place:

  • Vendors are required to wear face-covering masks.
  • Traffic will flow one way through the event site.
  • Ten feet of space will be between each vendor site.
  • Each vendor site will be marked to indicate six feet of space between vendor and patron.
  • No onsite food consumption will be permitted. All purchased foods must be taken offsite.
  • Vendors will include farms, hot foods and food trucks, grocery and prepared foods, personal protection and care items, and arts and crafts.

For more information regarding the Wednesday Pier Farmers Market, please visit www.wednesdaypierfarmersmarket.com/ or email staugpiermarket@gmail.com.


June 16, 2020

St. Johns County Cares Act Funding Agreement


June 12, 2020

St. Johns County Park, Recreational, and Beach Facilities Now Open for Private Reservations and Rentals

St. Johns County's park, recreational, and beach facilities are now available for private reservations and rentals. Facilities open for reservations and rentals include park and beach pavilions, beach volleyball courts, athletic fields, tennis, pickleball, and paddleball courts, and fairgrounds and recreation center amenities. In addition, private beach events, including weddings, are now permitted. Park and recreational facility reservations may be made online by visiting http://www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/pavilions.aspx or calling 904.209.0333. Private beach event permits and beach facility reservations may be obtained by visiting http://www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/reserve.aspx or calling 904.209.0752. St. Johns County Fairgrounds facility reservations may be made by calling 904.209.0332.

New "Pledge St. Johns County" Program Encourages Business Commitment to CDC Health Guidelines

A new "Pledge St. Johns County" program offers businesses the opportunity to commit to CDC guidelines and ensure St. Johns County residents, visitors, and employees are safe and comfortable in their establishments. Created in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, "Pledge St. Johns County" features a pledge in which businesses vow to adhere to guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. In addition, they pledge to encourage the use of face coverings by staff and customers. Organizations that take the Pledge will receive a toolkit of printable display materials to let employees and customers know they are a "Pledge St. Johns County" business. Pledged businesses will also be recognized on the "Pledge St. Johns County" website directory. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support "Pledge St. Johns County" businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com.


June 10, 2020

Updated St. Johns County Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan

St. Johns County submitted an updated Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on June 9, 2020. The amended plan was approved and became effective June 10, 2020. The new plan addresses a variety of factors including time between rentals, cleaning and sanitization requirements, and visitors from states listed in the Governor's Executive orders. Please review the updated St. Johns County Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan or call 904.824.0550 for additional information.


June 5, 2020

Special Meeting of the St. Johns County Board of County Commisioners

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the San Sebastian Conference Room located in the County Administration Building for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Full Meeting Notice


St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program

The Back to Business Grant Application period closed at 5 PM on June 1, 2020. All applicants will be informed of the status of their application by 5 PM on June 19, 2020. Questions about specific applications cannot be answered until June 19, 2020. If further assistance is needed, you may send an email to: btb@sjcfl.uswww.sjcfl.us/sbrecovery.


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