COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance!

EC Family!

Faced with an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday passed an emergency ordinance requiring that citizens wear face coverings in most indoor public places, effective today, Wednesday 6/24/20 at 5pm.

What does that mean for you?

  • You must wear a face covering while in most indoor public places within Pinellas County (see the link for various exceptions), unless you are strictly adhering to 6’ social distancing and there are 10 or fewer people in the location who are also maintaining social distancing.
  • If a person is under age 18, that person’s use of a face covering is left to the discretion of that person’s parent, guardian or an accompanying adult.
  • The EC Team must wear a face covering while on the sales floor.

What happens if you are NOT following the ordinance?
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners elected to adopt the emergency order by ordinance to allow it to be enforced as a non-criminal local ordinance violation, in addition to other enforcement remedies. Remedies include:

  • A warning.
  • A non-criminal ordinance violation citation that levies a fine.
  • Injunctive relief through a complaint filed in Circuit Court.
  • Misdemeanor arrest or a Notice to Appear for Repeat Violations.

We are doing our best to make Emerald City a safe and fun place to visit! We appreciate your support in helping keep yourself and others safe and healthy!

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