St. Pete Mayor Kriseman announces 50% decrease in occupancy for downtown venues, ferry, and more

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Today, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced that effective Tuesday, March 17, at noon the city is reducing the occupancy of all restaurants, cafes, bars, fitness centers, gyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and the Cross-Bay Ferry by 50%.

Beginning immediately, at the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, the City of St. Petersburg will also not allow an event or public gathering that consists of more than 50 people until further notice. Examples of such events include festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, parties, weddings, and similar assemblies. This applies to public and private property.

The last call for alcohol in St. Pete will now be 9pm. This is all in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Sunshine City, and the entire Tampa Bay region.

Should these terms be violated, the city could move for full closures.

“Late night revelry in the city will not be allowed,” said Mayor Kriseman in a Facebook Live address.

COVID-19 update from Mayor Rick Kriseman:

Posted by City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Monday, March 16, 2020

All public meetings and city council meetings are canceled.

Kriseman encouraged residents and business owners to use common sense, and maintain space for the health of all.

Libraries, recreation centers, pools, Enoch Davis Center, and the Sunshine Center, are closed to the public until further notice. Outdoor playgrounds and exercise zones will receive considerable attention from our City team to ensure cleanliness.

Visit the city of St. Pete’s website for more details and continuous updates.

On March 15, the city announced the suspension of Childcare. “In an effort to keep our community healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department will be suspending childcare, including Spring Camps, effective Monday, March 16.”

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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