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will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee.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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.