Coronavirus: St. Augustine & St. Johns County

Due to an abundance of caution relating to the coronavirus, the following concerts, attractions, events, and locations have been either canceled, closed, rescheduled, or postponed in St. Augustine and in St. Johns County. OldCity.com is in no way affiliated with the following attractions, concerts, events, and locations. This is a courtesy post for visitors and locals of St. Augustine who were hoping to attend events that may now be canceled.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this article stays up-to-date. Please check with all attractions, events, concert venues, hotels, restaurants, and bars for the most accurate information.

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Closed in St. Augustine

The following message is from the City of St. Augustine:

City of St. Augustine executes Administrative Order 2020-06

The City of St. Augustine has executed Administrative Order 2020-06, to extend current restrictions and guidelines through May 8, 2020, which is consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders. This includes the following:

  • All permitted events, festivals, and large gatherings are cancelled
  • All public meetings, including City Commission, Code Enforcement Adjustments and Appeals Board, Historic Architectural Review Board, and Planning and Zoning Board, except for emergency meetings as needed, are cancelled
  • All non-essential meetings that do not address the immediate operations and function of municipal business are cancelled
  • The Governor’s Emergency Order 20-71 prohibits all on-site consumption of food or alcohol by vendors and licensed establishments
  • The Visitor Information Center is closed, and all City-managed on-street and off-street parking is suspended
  • All parking meters, payment kiosks, and mobile parking app (ParkStAug) will not accept payments
  • Termination of water service for non-payment will be suspended
  • City Hall offices are closed to the public
  • For the duration of time while City offices are closed to public access, convenience fees for payment will be waived

As of the time of this press release, the City continues to evaluate and review all municipal operations and will provide further directives as information becomes available.

For further information or media inquiries, contact Melissa Wissel, Communications Manager, at 904.293.3307.

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Canceled/Rescheduled/Postponed – Events and Concerts

Events in St. Augustine

Due to an abundance of caution concerning the Coronavirus, the following events have been canceled in St. Augustine.

  • All recreational facilities, recreational programming, recreational events, and all permitted events on St. Johns County property.
  • Tuesday Night Market at the Amp
  • Events at GTM Research Reserve
  • Open Gym at Solomon Calhoun Center
  • Saturday Farmers Market at The Amp St. Augustine
  • STA City Market
  • Wednesday Market at the St. Augustine Beach Pier
  • March 31 – XX Marks the Spot at Limelight Theatre (postponed)
  • April 4 – Touch A Truck (postponed)
  • April 5 – Blessing of the Fleet
  • April 10 – Lincolnville Jazz at Excelsior
  • April 11 – St. Augustine Easter Parade
  • April 17 – A Toast to the Coast
  • April 17 – Lincolnville Jazz at Excelsior
  • April 18 – Annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ (postponed)
  • April 25 – Family Fun Fest
  • April 25 – Roscolusa Songwriters Festival
  • April 26 – Race to the Taste 5k
  • April 26 – A Taste of St. Augustine
  • May 1-17 – Romanza Festivale
  • May 1  – Sposi Cantanti (Romanza Festivale event)
  • May 2 – Latin American Festival (Romanza Festivale event)
  • May 1-3 – 25th Gamble Rogers Music Festival
  • May 6 – Kaleidoscope of Dance (Romanza Festivale event)
  • May 13 – Mengele (Romanza Festivale event)
  • May 14 – Great Chefs of St. Augustine

Rescheduled: Concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Due to an abundance of caution concerning the Coronavirus, the following concerts have been rescheduled or canceled at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Click here for more information.

  • March 19 – Casting Crowns with Special Guest Matthew West
  • March 20 – Justin Moore & Tracy Lawrence (rescheduled to September 24))
  • March 22 – Blue October (rescheduled for August 15, 2020)
  • March 25 – Against Me!
  • March 27 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Old Crow Medicine Show (rescheduled to August 20)
  • March 28 – Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (rescheduled to November 14)
  • April 3 – Dark Star Orchestra (rescheduled for December 11, 2020)
  • April 7 – St. Augustine EcoCinema presents “Plastic Paradise”
  • April 10 – Colonial Church presents Good Friday Service (rescheduled to April 2, 2021)
  • April 18 – Wilco (postponed)
  • May 8 – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • May 13 – Louis the Child (New Date: August 10)
  • May 29 – Of Monsters & Men (postponed)
  • June 26 – Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band (rescheduled to June 25, 2021)

Postponed: Concerts at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Due to an abundance of caution concerning the Coronavirus, the following concerts have been postponed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Click here for more information.

  • March 18 – Graham Nash (rescheduled to November 12)
  • March 19 – The Expendables
  • March 20 – Steve Hackett
  • March 22 – Graham Nash (rescheduled to November 13)
  • March 24 – The Music of Cream
  • March 25 – Bruce Hornsby (rescheduled to November 15)
  • March 26 – Stephen Lynch (rescheduled for September 17, 2020)
  • March 28 – Pablo Cruise (rescheduled for July 17, 2020)
  • April 1 – Jimmie Vaughan
  • April 2 – Hayes Carll (rescheduled for September 4, 2020)
  • April 3 – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (rescheduled to August 21)
  • April 10 – Leo Kottke (rescheduled to June 21)
  • April 13 – Justin Hayward
  • April 17-19 – Apex Theatre Studio presents The Addams Family
  • April 25 – Gondwana – (postponed)
  • April 28 – Tower of Power – (canceled)
  • April 29 – Drive-By Truckers (rescheduled for September 23, 2020)
  • May 15 – Orquesta Akokán – (postponed)

Closed/Canceled: St. Johns County

The following message is from St. Johns County: The following information is regarding St. Johns County’s additional response measures for COVID-19. Please call me or Michael Ryan, Director of Communications, at 214.493.2983 if you have any questions.

Additional St. Johns County COVID-19 Response Measures: 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 residents, visitors, and workforce. Effective Monday, March 23, the following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect until further notice:

  • Public Meeting Procedures – In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person or meet in a specific public place. In addition, communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, may be utilized to conduct public meetings. The order does not suspend any other requirement under the Florida Constitution or “Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws”.
  • Limited Public Building Access – All St. Johns County facilities are operating under limited public access restrictions. In an effort to reduce the size of public gatherings and maintain the CDC recommended minimum distance of six feet between parties, each facility will implement individual guidelines relative to their specific building clientele and services. Measures could include the closure of public lobbies, the encouragement of online business practices, and the reduction of building occupancy.
  • COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions – All current St. Johns County facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 are extended through April 17. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, and recreational programming and facilities.

St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices 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.

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Public Access

In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare and maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency, effective 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, and will remain closed until further notice.

“We have taken as many measures as possible up to this point to preserve our residents’ ability to access their beach. Unfortunately, those visiting the beach continue to ignore CDC guidelines regarding crowd size and personal distancing. In order to maintain public safety and respect the State of Florida’s Executive Order, we had no choice but to close the coastline to public access today,” said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. “We will continue to be methodical in our approach to closings related to COVID-19, and like every decision we have made to this point, we will open the beaches at the appropriate time when it is safe to do so.”

The determination to close all public beaches is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials. All boat ramps, parks, green spaces, and trails remain open for the public to safely enjoy. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Bars and Night Clubs

ATTENTION: On March 20, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis made the following announcement:

“I hereby order all restarants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food consumption for customers. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments for the purposed of delivery or take-out services. This Section amends and supersedes Exectuive Order 20-68, Sections 3(A)-(B).

Beaches

Please be advised, on March 17, 2020, Governor DeSantis also that he is following the CDC recommendations to prohibit groups of larger than 10 people on Florida beaches to allow for safe distancing between groups.

The following message is from St. Johns County:

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Vehicular Access: In an effort to maximize observance of the State of Florida’s executive order regarding gatherings on beaches, vehicular access to all St. Johns County beaches will be prohibited beginning Saturday, March 21.

“We are taking a methodical and deliberate approach to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our residents while also working to respect their personal rights in this environment of rapidly changing information,” said Hunter Conrad, St. Johns County Administration. “The measures we’ve taken today may not be what’s best for tomorrow and we remain flexible in our strategy without a current one size fits all approach.”  

Executive Order 20-68 states that individuals accessing public beaches are to follow CDC guidance by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distance themselves from other parties by six feet. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.

Florida State Parks

The following message is from Florida State Parks:

At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23.

DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our award winning state parks as soon as possible. Click here for more information.

Restaurants

ATTENTION: On March 20, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis made the following announcement:

“I hereby order all restarants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food consumption for customers. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments for the purposed of delivery or take-out services. This Section amends and supersedes Exectuive Order 20-68, Sections 3(A)-(B).

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