Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, St. Johns County has been under a Local State of Emergency since March 17, 2020.
A Local State of Emergency declaration allows St. Johns County to access resources and assistance to prepare for and respond to local disasters. During the COVID-19 crisis, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners’ emergency declaration allows the County to:
- Request state and federal assistance.
- Perform public work to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community.
- Distribute supplies and materials.
- Utilize volunteer workers.
- Enter into contracts related to COVID-19 response efforts.
- Rent equipment related to COVID-19 response efforts.
The Local State of Emergency remains necessary because St. Johns County continues to enter into contracts for supplies and services to support the COVID-19 response. It also allows the County to continue ordering testing kits for local health care providers and PPE supplies for distribution. The Local State of Emergency does not impact the reopening of businesses, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, etc., as those are regulated by State of Florida Executive Orders. For more information regarding the Local State of Emergency, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Hotline at 904.824.5550.