COVID-19 Related Updates: What's Open and What's Not

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UPDATED THURSDAY, MAY 28, 3 P.M. EST

 

Your Health and Safety Are Our First Concern

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater understands that this is an unprecedented time and our No. 1 focus is the health and safety of our visitors and locals. Please follow all recommendations from CDC and health professionals - practice physical distancing and observe other safe behaviors, such as wearing a mask and frequent hand-washing. 

Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery (and What it Means to You)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized a phased reopening of local beaches, museums and businesses. Find the details on Phase 1, below. Also, please be aware that while most businesses are allowed to open with specific guidelines - some may choose not to do so at this time. It's a good idea to check first before heading out.

Beaches: Open 

Beaches throughout St. Pete/Clearwater are open. Parking lots and restrooms are also open. CDC safety recommendations are to keep six feet or more between you and others who are not in your family or group. Beachgoers should avoid congregating in groups larger than 10 people. Before you head to one of St. Pete/Clearwater's beautiful beaches, please read our helpful tips on visiting the beach responsibly. 

Community and Hotel/Resort Pools: Open

Hotel and resort pools are permitted to be open without capacity restrictions. However, community, apartment, condo and other pools must be at 50% of the stated capacity through June 1. Most public pools, such as the North Shore Aquatic Complex and Walter Fuller Pool in St. Pete, are not open to the general public at this time for recreational swimming (they are open only to established swim clubs for practice and lap-swimming).The St. Pete Beach Community Pool is open to lap swimmers and classes, with a reservation. Clearwater's public pools are open with restrictions (open for lap swimming by reservation; no kiddie pools will be open). Call ahead or go online for updates before heading out.

Resorts, Hotels & Motels: Open

Resorts, hotels and motels are permitted to be open, however, some may choose to be closed for the short-term. Check with individual properties for their specific status.

If you choose to stay at a hotel or motel, be aware that new health and safety protocols are likely to be in place, with extra-thorough cleaning of public areas and guest rooms, as well as physical distancing measures on-property.

Vacation Rentals: Open with Restrictions

At this time, St. Pete/Clearwater vacation rentals are permitted to resume accepting reservations and check-ins. Property owners and managers will receive comprehensive guidelines outlining safety and sanitation measures that must be followed for each vacation rental to open. 

Restaurants: Open with Restrictions

All restaurants are allowed to be open for take-out and curbside pickup service. In addition, restaurants can seat patrons inside, as long as they don't exceed 50% of their indoor seating capacity. Outdoor seating will be unrestricted (as long as consistent with local law). Some area restaurants have expanded their outdoor space to accommodate more diners in the open air. No groups of more than 10 people will be allowed, and there will be no seating available at restaurant bars.

Breweries: Open with Restrictions

Breweries may be open, as long as a food truck is associated with it or the brewery has a restaurant in it; the business must also have outdoor seating. Many breweries are also offering "to-go" options.

Parks & Preserves: Most are Open

Pinellas County parks are open.  In addition, state parks in St. Pete/Clearwater - Honeymoon Island, Anclote Key, Caladesi Island and the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers are also open. The Caladesi Ferry is now operating. City parks are open at the individual municipalities' discretion. However, city parks in St. Pete and Clearwater are open, with few exceptions.

Expect that parks may have limited hours and/or amenities. For example, children's playgrounds are closed through June 1, and parks with nature or interpretive centers may choose not to open them at this time. Please check online or call for the specific status of a park you'd like to visit before heading out.

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs: Closed for On-Premises Consumption

Businesses that derive more than 50% of their sales from alcohol purchases (such as bars, pubs and nightclubs) must continue to suspend sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. While the order doesn't specifically say that they must close - in practicality, most have, temporarily. Some establishments may choose to sell "to-go" drinks. 

Professional Sports - Permitted, with Restrictions

Large spectator sporting events will be permitted, at up to 25% capacity.

Other Businesses and Community Institutions that are Open with Restrictions

Unless indicated otherwise, above, all other businesses are permitted to open at 50% capacity, while also following physical distancing guidelines. This includes:

  • Retail stores 
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios
  • Personal services businesses, such as nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, cosmetology specialty salons, tattoo services and massage services. These services will be available by appointment only, with 15 minutes between appointments. No group appointments will be accepted. Masks will be worn by all employees.
  • Recreation and large venues may open (including movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses and casinos) with masks worn by all employees, and special cleaning and disinfecting required.

Attractions and Activity Openings

Here is a list of what we know is open at this time. Given the current situation, this list is not comprehensive, so calling ahead to any attraction is recommended. If a location needs to be added or updated, please email [email protected]

  • Hubbard's Marina 
  • Alligator Attraction 
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Aquarium is limiting to 25% occupancy. Additional safety and sanitation measures will be in place. Guests are encouraged to wear a face covering.
  • Empower Adventures Tampa Bay
  • Imagine Museum
  • Dunedin Fine Arts Center (temperature monitoring and face-covering required)
  • Pier 60 Bait House & Pier 60 Fishing Pier 
  • Sunken Gardens

Hotels & Resorts that are Open

Here is a list of what we know is open at this time. Given the current situation, this list is not comprehensive, so calling ahead to any hotel is recommended. If a location needs to be added or updated, please email [email protected]

  • Alden Beach Resort
  • The Fenway Hotel
  • Hampton Inn & Suites DTSP
  • Hilton Clearwater Beach
  • Hilton St. Pete Bayfront
  • Hyatt Place St. Pete Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach
  • Marriott Sand Key
  • Opal Sands Resort
  • Post Card Inn
  • Safety Harbor Resort
  • Sandpearl
  • St. Pete Marriott Clearwater
  • The Don CeSar
  • TradeWinds Island Grand
  • The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg
  • Staybridge Suites St. Pete
  • Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach
  • Bay Palms Waterfront Resort - Hotel and Marina
  • Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort - St Pete Beach
  • Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort
  • Palm Pavilion Inn
  • Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach 
  • Courtyard St Petersburg Downtown
  • Courtyard by Marriott Madeira Beach
  • Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach S-Harbourside
  • Fusion Resort in Treasure Island (reopens June 12)
  • Doubletree Beach Resort by Hilton

Attractions, Museums, Parks and Hotel Closures

Here is a list of area attractions, museums and hotels that are currently closed: 

  • The Dali Museum 
  • Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete 
  • The James Museum 
  • St. Pete Museum of History
  • Morean venues - Morean Arts, Morean Center for Clay, Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio
  • Busch Gardens
  • Adventure Island
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
  • Florida Holocaust Museum 
  • Spring Training Games (canceled)
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • St. Pete Shuffleboard 
  • Pier 60 Nightly Sunset Festival 
  • Saturday Morning Market (indefinitely) You can still order online from individual farmers and vendors, pick-up and/or delivery.
  • Palladium 
  • Heritage Village 
  • Duncan McClellan Gallery
  • All city of Clearwater recreational programs and facilities
  • Innisbrook Resort (resort and golf facilities temporarily closed for the next 30-60 days as of 3/24)
  • Florida tiki tours 
  • Syd Entel Galleries & Susan Benjamin Glass in Safety Harbor (by appointment only, indefinitely)
  • RumFish Resort 
  • Shephard's Beach Resort 
  • The Beachcomber 
  • Grand Plaza Hotel 
  • Sheraton Sand Key
  • The Karol Hotel 
  • Sirata Beach Resort 

Transportation Updates

  • St. Pete Looper Trolley (closed)
  • Clearwater Beach Jolley Trolley (Jolley Trolley will continue to service North Beach and the Coastal Route, all other routes are closed indefinitely)
  • PSTA (will continue to service South Beach)
  • Clearwater Ferry Water Taxi Services. Limited capacity of 10 guests per run. 
  • Caladesi Island Connection Ferry Service. Open everyday at 9 a.m. from the dock on Honeymoon Island.

Events Updates

  • Firestone Grand Prix (rescheduled for October 23-25, 2020)
  • St. Pete Pride (in-person events have been canceled for 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions About Travel to St. Pete/Clearwater During COVID-19

  • Are the beaches open? All Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking areas are open as of Monday, May 4 at 7 a.m.
  • Will hotels close? Hotels are designated as essential businesses and are allowed to remain open. Individual hotels may decide to close or reduce operations - please check with your individual hotel.
  • Will I get a refund for travel if hotels are closed? Contact the hotel you've booked for specific refund information.
  • Are restaurants still open? Yes, at the restaurant's discretion. Many are offering takeout or delivery service. Dine-in service (either inside the restaurant or outdoor dining) is also permitted at lower capacity. We've compiled a list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery.
  • Who can I call if I have questions related to COVID-19? The Department of Health's 24-hour hotline is 866-779-6122. The Pinellas County Citizen Information Center can be reached at 727-464-4333 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m
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