Coronavirus: St. Augustine St. Johns County Info

For up to date information for the city and county

Updated September 22, 2020

Stay Updated: Local Resources About Coronavirus

Along with this page, below is a list of local resources you can use to stay up to date on information regarding the coronavirus in St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

CARES Act (Paycheck Protection Program) – Website

City of St. Augustine – Website

City of St. Augustine COVID-19 Dashboard – Website

City of St. Augustine Radio Series – Website

Flagler Health Crisis Text Line – Text CARE4U to 741741

Florida Department of Health Survey – Website

Florida Reemployment Assistance Application – Website

St. Johns County Cultural Center Emergency Fund – Website

St. Johns County Chamber – Website

St. Johns County COVID-19 Resident Assistance Hotline – 904-209-1250

St. Johns County COVID-19 Business Assistance Hotline – 904-209-6050

Veterans Crisis Line – Call 1-800-273-8255

COVID-19 Testing/Collection Sites for St. Johns County Residents

For detailed information about hours of operation and requirements, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.

  • Flagler Health+: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Flagler Hospital COVID-19 testing site will be closed on Friday, November 27. The site will re-open for free COVID-19 testing on Monday, November 30. 400 Southpark Blvd, Lot B, St. Augsutine 32086. Free drive-thru 7 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The testing site will remain open through 11 a.m., or until the maximum number of daily tests are collected. Testing is available for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor’s note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested. While insurance cards are not needed, a photo ID is required. For more information please call the St. Johns County Citizen Hotline at 904-824-5550.
  • St. Johns County Department of Health: 200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 32084 | For more information, the call center is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and can be reached at 904-209-6363.
  • Avecina Medical-Julington Creek: 1633 Race Track Rd, St Johns, 32259. For additional information, please call 904-230-6988 or visit www.avecina.com
  • TIAA Bank Field Federal Testing Site, Parking Lot J: For questions regarding federal testing sites, call 1-877-696-6775.
  • The Med One Urgent Care: 841 S Ponce De Leon Blvd Suite 4, St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • CVS Health is conducting drive-up coronavirus testing (COVID-19) at 175 SR 312 St. Augustine, FL. Limited appointments are available to patients who qualify. Patients must legally reside in the state where the test is given and be 18 years of age or older. Patients being tested are required to stay in their vehicles and surfaces are sanitized after each visit. Find coronavirus testing info and please view our other coronavirus support options.

CareSpot: All sites are open to the public 7 days a week 8 am – 8 pm as COVID-19 collection site. For more information, call the location you are interested in visiting.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

    1. Persons under the age of two years; and
    2. Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines; and
    3. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition; and
    4. Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons; and
    5. Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person; and
    6. 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
    7. Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing; and
    8. Persons eating or drinking; and
    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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.

St. Johns County Reopening Strategy

Updated September 17, 2020

St. Johns County Beach Access

St. Johns County beaches are open for pubic access and beach driving has been reinstated.  Some  driving access points may be closed due to weather conditions or current work that is taking place.  Social distancing is still in force and gatherings limited to 10 people.  For the most current and up-to-date information for St. Johns County beaches, please visit their social media outlets.  Their Facebook page is located here: https://www.facebook.com/SJCBeaches

County Park, Recreational, and Beach Facilities Now Open 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.

July 27, 2020

St. Johns County Mandates the Use of Face Coverings in all County Facilities

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility are required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. This Emergency Order will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee. For more information, please contact 904.824.5550. Use of Face Coverings in All County Facilities Fact Sheet

July 24, 2020

“Pledge St. Johns County” Program Encourages Business Commitment to CDC Health Guidelines

The “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.

St. Johns County Public Library System Updated Hours

Updated September 15, 2020

The St. Johns County Public Library System is introducing evening hours at all facilities to accommodate the needs of working families and students beginning Tuesday, September 15.

The Main Branch, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch, and Southeast Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and the Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, and Hastings Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. All other library hours will remain the same, and libraries will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. To further assist patrons, the library’s online reference service, Ask a Librarian, is also extending service hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

BranchMonTuesWedThurFriSat
Anastasia IslandX10-310-32-710-310-3
Bartram TrailX10-310-32-710-310-3
HastingsX10-310-32-710-310-3
MainX2-710-310-310-310-3
Ponte Vedra BeachX2-710-310-310-310-3
SoutheastX2-710-310-310-310-3

For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your local branch library.

September 3, 2020

St. Johns County Launches SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program

St. Johns County launched the SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program on September 3, 2020, to help eligible nonprofit agencies respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. St. Johns County 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000, and funds may be used for expenses related to mortgage or rent, utilities, payroll, PPE equipment, facility hardening, sanitizing/cleaning supplies, and other COVID-19-related costs. For eligibility information or to apply, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email sjccares@sjcfl.us.

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.
  • 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 September 14, 2020, State of Florida Rescinds Alcohol Consumption Order 2020-09.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Beshears announced that all bars may reopen to 50% indoor occupancy effective Monday, September 14 while observing appropriate social distancing as outlined in Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
DBPR Emergency Order 2020-10 rescinds Emergency Order 2020-09 which previously suspended on premises alcohol sales at bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.

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.

Beaches

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.

Entertainment Businesses

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.

View the full list of limited partial park openings