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.


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.


May 28, 2020

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

June 2, 2020: The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. It will be followed by a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. The meeting agendas 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. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. 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.


May 21, 2020

St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program

St. Johns County is launching the Back to Business Grant Program, designed to assist small businesses in need of short-term assistance due to disruption of business operations and loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants provide up to $10,000 per qualifying business to offset costs such as payroll, rent or mortgage, and utilities. This program will assist businesses that have a critical need for immediate assistance until other sources of funding can be obtained, or until the State relaxes safety and social distancing requirements. In order to be eligible for the St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program, businesses must:

  • Have experienced Disruption and/or Loss of Income due to COVID-19 Crisis and/or public health Emergency Orders.Own or lease space at a physical location zoned for business operations in St. Johns County as of March 17, 2020.
  • Be registered with FL Division of Corporations and/or licensed under FL Business and Professional Regulation
  • Have earned less than $5 Million in Annual Gross Income for 2019.
  • Have 75 or fewer employees as of March 17, 2020.
  • Show proof of Employees paying Payroll Taxes prior to March 17, 2020.
  • Have been operating for at least one (1) year prior to March 17, 2020.  No Start-Up Businesses eligible.
  • Be current on St. Johns County Business Taxes.
  • Have no pending petition for bankruptcy protection, No Claims; Not on HUD Debarred List.
  • Not be a Non-Profit Organization.
  • Cannot operate as a Home-Based Business.
  • Not be receiving Unemployment Insurance Benefits if a Sole Proprietor.

Online applications will be available at www.sjcfl.us, starting 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Paper applications will not be accepted. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. Eligible applicants that submit complete applications will be selected for an award by an independent contractor. Awards will be disbursed via Electronic Funds Transfer. For more information or assistance with your application, please contact St. Johns County between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 904.209.1278 or www.sjcfl.us/sbrecovery.


May 21, 2020

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop and Visitor Information Center Reopens May 22

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop and Visitor Information Center will reopen to the public on Friday, May 22, after a five-month rehabilitation project. The gift shop and visitor information center will remain open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, during the summer season. During the project, all deck boards, guard rails, posts, support beams, exposed piles, and boardwalk boards were replaced. The rehabilitation project is projected to extend the life of the pier for up to 10 years. Passes to access the pier or fish from the pier can be purchased in the gift shop. The fees are as follows:

  • Sightseeing – $2.00
  • Fishing
    • Residents – $4.00
    • Non-residents – $6.00
    • Military or handicapped – $2.00
    • Children under six or resident seniors over 60 – Free
  • Annual Passes
    • Residents – $40.00
    • Non-residents – $60.00
    • Military or handicapped – $20.00

For more information, please call 904.209.0326 or visit www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/FishingPier.aspx.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Citizen's Information Hotline Memorial Day Hours

The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Citizen's Information Hotline will be inactive Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the Citizen's Information Hotline will resume operations from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.


May 20, 2020

St. Johns County Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals Approved

St. Johns County's Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals was approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations on May 20, 2020. The plan outlines details regarding a variety of factors including reservations, staffing, cleanings, and inspections. St. Johns County's Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals prohibits reservations or visitors from states with more than 500 cases per every 100,000 residents. Those states included Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island on May 20,2020. As the list is updated frequently and states can rise above or fall below the 500 cases per every 100,000 residents threshold, it is recommended that Short-term Vacation Rental owners and rental companies view the CDC Covid Data Tracker frequently at https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html to verify the number of cases in the states from which they are taking reservations. In addition, the plan requires vacation rental companies and owners to provide guests with pertinent state and county executive orders, CDC resources, and CDC Guidelines and Safety Plans. For additional information, please review the plan and the documents below:

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, May 26, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. 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. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. 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. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting


May 19, 2020

Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County

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.

St. Johns County Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals

St. Johns County submitted a plan to open short-term vacation rentals to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 as required by the Governor’s Executive Order. The plan outlines details regarding a variety of factors including reservations, staffing, cleanings, and inspections. For additional information, please review the submitted St. Johns County Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals.

Solomon Calhoun Pool Reopens for Lap Swim on May 25

St. Johns County will begin a phased reopening of the Solomon Calhoun Pool, 1300 Duval Street, beginning Monday, May 25. The pool will be available for lap swim only from 6 to 10 a.m. and 12 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Beginning Sunday, May 24, swimmers can reserve a lap swim time twice a week, for up to 45 minutes. Lanes will be reserved for one swimmer at a time, with ten lanes available for reservations. Swimmers are asked to arrive at the main gate ten minutes prior to their reserved swim time to allow for cleaning and sanitizing between swim groups. Lockers will be available for use, but showers will not be accessible. There is no family swim or team practices at this time. St. Johns County leaders continue to closely follow the Governor’s executive orders and phased reopening guidelines in an effort to safely return to standard operations. For more information or to reserve your swim time, please call 904.824.6770.

St. Johns County Clerk of Court Resumes Issuing Marriage Licenses and Processing Passports

The St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office has resumed issuing marriage licenses and processing passport applications for St. Johns County residents by appointment only. Resuming limited services is the first step in a phased reopening of the Clerk's Office. County residents wishing to visit the Clerk's Office must make an appointment by calling 904.819.3632. For more information, please visit www.stjohnsclerk.com.


May 18, 2020

St. Johns County Public Libraries Begin Phased Reopening for Essential Services on May 19

St. Johns County Public Library branches will reopen for expanded essential services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Services provided in this phase will include returns, grab-and-go service, and computer usage up to one hour. Staff will assist with material searches and holds. Seating areas, meeting rooms, and play areas will not be accessible. In accordance with CDC recommendations and State of Florida safety guidelines, building capacity will be limited, all returned materials are to be placed in the book drop and will be isolated for four days, and face coverings are strongly recommended. In addition, no fines will accrue at this time. St. Johns County leaders continue to closely follow the Governor’s executive orders and phased reopening guidelines in an effort to safely return to standard operations. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your branch library.


May 15, 2020

St. Johns County 2020 Summer Camp Program Cancelled

After much consideration and in adherence to CDC recommendations and the State of Florida’s safety guidelines, the St. Johns County 2020 Summer Camp Program has been cancelled. The difficult decision was based on the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff, remaining one of St. Johns County’s top priorities. St. Johns County leaders continue to closely follow the Governor’s Executive Orders and phased reopening guidelines in an effort to safely return to standard operations and provide services our residents enjoy. Staff is currently reviewing alternative program options that may be offered at a later time in the summer. St. Johns County apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and greatly appreciates the community’s patience and understanding during this time.For more information on facility opening updates and future programming options, please visit www.sjcfl.us/recreation or call 904.209.0333.


May 14, 2020

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, May 19, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. 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. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. 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. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

St. Johns County Utilities Recommends Freshening Water Systems before Reopening Buildings

St. Johns County Utilities recommends following EPA guidelines when reopening buildings that have been closed for an extended period of time. Stagnant water conditions can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels, and changes in water chemistry due to little or no water running through building water pipes and fixtures. Building managers and business owners who are reopening buildings are recommended to follow these steps:

  • Review and understand the plumbing configuration and water usage in your building.
  • Inspect the plumbing to ensure it is functioning properly and in good condition.
  • Review the potential impact degraded water quality might have on your building occupants considering their use of the building and the building's water systems.
  • Flush the building's plumbing system.
  • Drain and clean water storage facilities and hot water heaters.
  • Follow appropriate regulations and policies for worker safety and health while performing all activities.

Building managers and business owners are encouraged to contact their water utility company with questions regarding the status and quality of the water in their distribution system. For more information, please visit the EPA website regarding restoring water quality in buildings that have been closed or call St. Johns County Utilities at 904.209.2645.


May 13, 2020

St. Johns County Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Applications are no longer being accepted.


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