In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community. The following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect through Friday, May 1, 2020:
Safer at Home Executive Order 20-91
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2020, to support the President’s direction for the country to take 30 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. Effective through April 30, 2020, Florida Executive Order 20-91 states:
- Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
St. Johns County will work in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and our local law enforcement officials in the coming weeks to educate and inform our community on the Governor’s Safer at Home order. A list of essential services, as defined by the Governor, is available at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus. For more information regarding the Governor’s Safer at Home order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550.
- For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, “essential activities” means and encompasses the following:
- Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues, and houses of worship; and
- Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and
- Taking care of pets; and d. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
- Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.
- A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdiction shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.
For a list of what is considered Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, CLICK HERE.
COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions
In response to the Governor’s Safer at Home order, St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach have all extended facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 through Friday, May 1, 2020. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, recreational programming, recreational facilities, and the beaches. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
Vacation Rentals State of Florida Executive Order 20-87 and County Emergency Order
In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-87, St. Johns County has issued an Emergency Order suspending the rental of vacation rental properties and rental operations. Such parties are also prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in through May 1. The prohibition includes the rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit which is rented for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month. The directive does not include hotels, motels, inns, resorts, timeshare projects, or long-term rentals. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices, in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and all law enforcement agencies, in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.