Last updated on June 26, 2020.
Due to an abundance of caution relating to the coronavirus some attractions, parks, restaurants and other locations in St. Augustine and St. Johns County may be temporarily closed; additionally, many concerts and events were canceled, postponed, or rescheduled until further notice. Please see our events calendar and our “Businesses and Restaurants Open” page for more information.
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Coronavirus in St. Augustine
The following message is from the City of St. Augustine:
All local administrative orders superseded
Effective June 27, 2020 RESOLUTION NO. 2020-22
A Resolution of the City Commission of the City of St. Augustine, Florida Providing for Mandatory indoor use of Face Coverings in response to continued spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA:
Section 1. Definitions.
Face Covering shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Types of coverings include a face mask, homemade mask, or other covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering or shields.
Social Distancing shall mean keeping space between yourself and other people by staying at least six (6) feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
Companion shall mean a person by whom you are accompanied.
Section 2. Face Coverings Required.
- Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of St. Augustine shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions.
- Nothing herein shall require or allow a person to wear a face covering so as to conceal the identity of the wearer in violation of Chapter 876, Florida Statutes.
- All businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of any person who is not wearing a face covering with the exception of those below listed persons.
Section 3. Exceptions.
Nothing herein shall require the wearing of face coverings by the following people:
- Persons under the age of two years; and
- Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines; and
- Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition; and
- Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons; and
- Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person; and
- Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession; and
- Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing; and
- Persons eating or drinking; and
- Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies; and
- The requirement shall not apply when a person who is hearing impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate; and
- The requirement does not apply to any outdoor activity permitted under City, County, or State order, but face coverings should be readily available when coming within six (6) feet of an individual not part of a person’s immediate family or cohabitating living unit.
Executive order 20-139, effective June 5:
- Excludes certain individuals from the isolation/quarantine requirements.
- Allows bars at 50% capacity and restaurants may open bar areas, but remain at 50% capacity
- Allows movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades at 50% capacity
- Personal services including tattoo, body-piercing, acupuncture, tanning, and massage may open
- Permits CMT (virtual) meetings until June 30th
Effective May 4, 2020:
On Monday, May 4, in accordance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112, the City of St. Augustine will begin a phased reopening. This executive order from the governor’s office supersedes all administrative orders previously executed by the city.
The governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan is the blueprint for re-opening the city. Key elements that will be in effect for the City of St. Augustine starting Monday, include the following:
- Restaurants in compliance with the guidelines may open, observing indoor seating at 25% occupancy and outside seating set at six feet apart. Serving alcohol with food will be permitted.
- In-store retail shops can open at 25% capacity and will follow safety guidelines.
- Museums and libraries can open at 25% of their building occupancy; however, interactive functions and exhibits must be closed.
- Short-term vacation rentals remain suspended.
- Hotels and commercial lodging may reopen at their discretion, in compliance with recommended guidelines.
- Tour trains, trolleys and horse-drawn carriages may commence limited operations in Phase 1.
- City-managed parking lots, on-street parking, and the parking garage are free.
- The Visitor Information Center and Gift Shop will remain closed.
- Avoid congregating in groups larger than 10.
- Restrictions remain in place for visiting nursing homes
- Senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to stay at home.
- City Hall will remain closed to the public; all services are available via telephone, email and internet.
- Drive-thru Customer Service window is open, but walk-in Customer Service at 50 Bridge Street remains closed.
For complete details, visit the city’s website at www.CityStAug.com.
Some attractions, businesses, hotels, and restaurants have reopened with restrictions in St. Augustine, Anastasia Island, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Vilano Beach, Florida. Click here for more info.
Canceled/Rescheduled/Postponed – Events and Concerts
Many events, festivals, and other activities have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled in St. Augustine, Anastasia Island, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Vilano Beach. Click here for events and online events in the St. Augustine Area.
Closed/Canceled: St. Johns County
The following message is from St. Johns County:
St. Johns County Reopening Strategy – Phase One
In consideration of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 outlining Florida’s plan for recovery, St. Johns County is launching a phased reopening approach in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and local health care and law enforcement agencies.
The health, safety, and welfare of St. Johns County residents remain the top priorities in the development and implementation of the reopening strategy. Phase One of St. Johns County’s reopening includes:
- Beaches – Beginning Monday, May 4, all restrictions previously in place on St. Johns County beaches are rescinded. On-beach driving remains prohibited and CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place.
- Libraries – The St. Johns County Library System is offering curbside service at all branches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for patrons who place items on hold by calling a library or through the Library’s website. Library buildings remain closed to the public. For more information on curbside service, visit www.sjcpls.org/curbside-service/ or call your branch library.
- Recreational Facilities – All recreational facilities, including recreation centers, pools, pavilions, etc., remain closed and unavailable for reservations or rentals.
- Recreational Programming – All recreational programming, including open play, camps, and league activities, remain suspended.
- SJC Ocean and Fishing Pier – Beginning Monday, May 4, the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is open to the public with no access fee. All other facilities, including the Pier Gift Shop and pavilion, remain closed to the public and unavailable for reservations, rentals, or events, including farmers markets.
- Pet Center – While St. Johns County Animal Control Services continues to remain active and is responding to calls from the community, the St. Johns County Pet Center remains closed to the public.
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All activities and events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, including farmers markets, remain suspended.
- Distancing and Industry Guidelines – It is recommended that the public continue to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines of limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between parties. Guidelines regarding restaurant, retail, and other business operations can be found at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
- The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – The EOC remains open at a Level Two partial activation. Beginning Monday, May 4, the EOC Hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Local State of Emergency remains in effect.
For more information regarding Phase One of the reopening procedures, call the EOC Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.
Bars and Night Clubs
Effective June 26, 2020, State of Florida Restricts On-Premises Alcohol Consumption.
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.
On June 4, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis made the following announcement:
Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at fifty (50) percent of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, as under Executive Order 20-123, Section 1. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This section does not apply to nightclubs. Non-conflicting provisions in Executive Order 20- 71, Sections 1 and 2 remain in effect.
As of March 17, 2020:
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 Reopening: Beginning Monday, May 4, all restrictions previously in place on St. Johns County beaches are rescinded. On-beach driving remains prohibited and CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place.
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.
As of June 5, 2020:
Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at fifty (50) percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
Florida State Parks
The following message is from Florida State Parks:
Effective Monday, May 4, DEP will implement phase one to reopen the Florida State Parks. As these parks are re-opening, DEP will be taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this early phase of re-opening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities.
Phase one includes approximately 80 parks and trails throughout Florida. Portions of these parks and trails have been identified that can be reopened for day-use with limited risk to visitors and staff.