On April 14, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced that all dog parks in the Sunshine City would close later this week. This is the latest measure in an effort to flatten the curve in St. Pete. Kriseman went on to add that tennis courts and pickle ball courts would also close.
These closures represent a vigilant effort to encourage social distancing on the local level.
I Love the Burg was curious if city officials would enact a curfew, similar to what Hillsborough County just set in place. Kriseman said he doesn’t believe the city will need to put a curfew into place.
When asked about potential mask requirements, the mayor said it’s recommended residents wear them while in public spaces, but adhering to social distancing guidelines is the top priority. So, while masks are suggested, there’s no plan for an official requirement for residents to wear them.
Kriseman also added insight into the Fighting Chance Fund. Since its inception, the city has awarded $77,000 to eligible individuals and businesses.
St. Pete is now expanding the eligibility criteria for its Fighting Chance Fund. It will now allow businesses located in St. Petersburg that are owned by a non-residents to apply. Businesses now only have to have been open for just 6 months, instead of 1 year. Travel Agencies are now also included and can apply for the grant.