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On Monday, May 4, in accordance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 outlining Florida’s plan for recovery, the City of St. Augustine, will begin a phased reopening in collaboration with St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and local law enforcement and public safety agencies. This executive order from the governor’s office supersedes all administrative orders previously executed by the city.
“From the very first Administrative Order, when we made the decision to shut down our festivals and then with every decision after that, the most important consideration was our local community’s health and well-being,” remarked City Manager John Regan. “Our downtown economy has taken an immeasurable hit, and we all want to see it come back to life. But we have worked very hard at following the guidelines and rules set forth by the governor and re-opening the city will be no different.”
The phased approach presented by Governor DeSantis clearly defines a careful and methodical plan for reopening the local economy. It is the intent of the City to abide by those guidelines set forth and not create any additional mandates or restrictions. “We are eager to see things return to some sense of normal, but it will certainly be a new normal,” Regan remarked. “We must continue to observe all the recommended practices… everything from social distancing, wearing masks when and where it’s appropriate, and keeping in mind things like essential versus non-essential travel and activities.”
When Executive Order 20-112 goes into effect for the State of Florida on Monday, the following will be in effect for the City of St. Augustine:
While this has been an unprecedented experience for everyone in the community, the City of St. Augustine is grateful for the commitment of the community to be united in its efforts to flatten the curve of Coronavius, and to do its part to remain safe and healthy throughout this crisis.
This will be a phased process of re-opening – careful, thoughtful, and measured – to ensure the safety and health of the community. The governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan is the blueprint for re-opening the city.