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Coronavirus Updates

The City of Fort Pierce is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our citizens and visitors. This feed will be updated when new information becomes available.

For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 call center, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

FDOH COVID-19 CALL CENTER: (866) 779-6121
BY EMAIL: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

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Latest Update:

April 2, 2020 4:56 PM

COVID-19 Update #10
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
April 2, 2020, 5:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce officials continue to urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

GOVERNOR’S STATEWIDE SAFER-AT-HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER
On April 1st, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-91 entitled Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency. The Executive Order, which directs Floridians to stay at home for the next 30 days unless seeking or carrying out essential services, will be effective at 12:01 am on April 3rd, 2020. This Order will expire on April 30th, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order.

During this time period, senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All Floridians shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

A complete listing of essential services as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce is available here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

Essential services also include businesses and activities as designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment, which consists of Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order 07-20 and its amendments: http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/emergency-orders.page

Under the Executive Order, all medical facilities will remain open. Other businesses that are considered essential and may remain OPEN include:

• architectural, engineering and landscape services
• assisted living facilities (ALFs), nursing homes, adult day care centers and senior residential facilities
• banks
• business that interact with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means
• business operating at any airport, seaport or other government facility
• childcare facilities, but limiting to a maximum of 10 children and teachers in any one group
• construction sites currently in operation, regardless of building type
• convenience stores
• factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants and other industrial sites
• food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing
• gas stations
• grocery stores
• hardware stores
• home-based care for seniors, adults or children
• landscaping and pool services
• laundromats
• logistics providers
• mail and shipping services
• natural and propane gas providers
• newspapers, TV, radio and media services
• pet supply stores
• pharmacies
• professional services, such as legal and accounting services
• restaurant kitchens, for pick-up and delivery only
• services providing food, shelter, social services and other necessities for the economically disadvantaged
• taxis and private transportation providers
• telecommunications providers
• waste management service, including collection and disposal

Executive Order 20-91 will help ensure the safety and well-being of all Floridians, particularly those most at risk of contracting COVID-19, by defining acceptable essential activities. For the purposes of the Order, essential activities include:

• attending religious services conducted in places of worship
• participating in recreational activities that comply with social distancing guidelines such as walking, biking, running, or swimming
• taking care of pets
• caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend

Social gatherings in public spaces are not essential activities and should be discontinued. Groups of people greater than ten shall not be permitted to congregate in public spaces. Furthermore, all citizens shall continue to observe social distancing and prevention guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

Additional information regarding essential and non-essential businesses and activities is available at the Division of Emergency Management’s website at www.floridadisaster.org and at the Florida Department of Health’s website at www.floridahealth.gov.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina –Open to existing tenants, no new reservations.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing
• Beaches – Closed.
• Parks - Open, with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Park
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/


COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.

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April 2, 2020 7:12 AM

Governor DeSantis ordered a “Safer-At-Home Order” for the State of Florida effective April 3 at 12:01 am to expire on April 30, 2020. This order is in conjunction with the St. Lucie County order issued on Tuesday, March 31.

What does this order mean for your business and employees? Are you identified as an essential business?

Please find below an easy to follow summary from the Governors Executive Order 20-89 to determine if you are identified as an essential business:

1. You are an identified sector and provider in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce List (CISA): https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors

2. Your business activity is designated by the Governors Executive Order 20-89 as detailed in the Miami Dade County Emergency Order 07-20.

Please click the link for a list of “essential retail and commercial businesses, which may remain open” pursuant to the Governor's Order: https://www.miamidade.gov/…/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-…

The below amendments are revisions to the “essential retail and commerical businesses” list with additions and language revision updates: (for review, if you are not listed on the above list)

-Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 07-20:
https://www.miamidade.gov/…/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-…

-Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 07-20:
https://www.miamidade.gov/…/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-…

-Amendment No. 3 to Emergency Order 07-20:
https://www.miamidade.gov/…/emergency-order-07-20-amendment…

3. Additional essential businesses designated to remain open in the order include work at home; business services identified as per the Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health; and businesses and organizations to provide delivery, carry-out and curbside services placed online or via telephone.

If you have any questions relating to this order and/or to determine if you are designated an “essential business” for continued operations during the Governors Safer-At-Home order, please contact the EDC at 772.336.6250.

EDC COVID-19 Resource Page
April 1, 2020 4:11 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home order for the next 30 days. For more information, click the link below:

Safer-at-Home Executive Order 20-91