For the current status of cornavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida and St. Johns County, please visit the Florida Department of Health Online Dashboard.
April 3, 2020
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners of Special Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2020
In accordance with Executive Order 20-69 and St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely under communication media technology and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meetings can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.
St. Johns Golf Club will remain open until further notice in order to provide residents and guests an outlet for their recreational needs. The following changes to standard operations have been implemented to further support CDC guidelines regarding social distancing:
Thank you for your support and understanding as we adjust to these standards. For more information, please call 904.209.0350.
Due to recent Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis mandating that senior citizens and all individuals must remain inside their homes except for essential activities, the Sunshine Bus Company is suspending their normal services effective immediately through April 30th.
For those Sunshine Bus riders who require transportation in order to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities including transportation to essential work, medical appointments, pharmacies and grocery stores, we will continue to provide trips to essential destinations through our door-to-door Paratransit services. Note: Only trips deemed essential will be permissible at this time.
To register and arrange for transportation services, please:
The health and safety of our riders and staff are extremely important to us. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please call us at 904.209.3716, or email us at email@example.com.
April 2, 2020
In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community. The following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect through Friday, May 1, 2020:
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2020, to support the President's direction for the country to take 30 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. Effective through April 30, 2020, Florida Executive Order 20-91 states:
A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (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.
B. In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida 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.
St. Johns County will work in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and our local law enforcement officials in the coming weeks to educate and inform our community on the Governor's Safer at Home order. A list of essential services, as defined by the Governor, is available at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus. For more information regarding the Governor's Safer at Home order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550. Essential Critical Infrastructure (pdf) & Essential Activities (pdf)
In response to the Governor's Safer at Home order, St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach have all extended facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 through Friday, May 1, 2020. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, recreational programming, recreational facilities, and the beaches. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-87, St. Johns County has issued an Emergency Order suspending the rental of vacation rental properties and rental operations. Such parties are also prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in through May 1. The prohibition includes the rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit which is rented for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month. The directive does not include hotels, motels, inns, resorts, time share projects, or long-term rentals. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550. Vacation Rentals Emergency Order (pdf)
St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices, in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and all law enforcement agencies, in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
In compliance with Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-91, all St. Johns County Tax Collector offices will be closed to the public until further notice, effective 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. The Tax Collector encourages residents to complete eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us. Most tax payments, registration renewals, and driver license renewals and replacements can be processed online or by mail. The Tax Collector also offers a drop box at each location and will be available by phone at 904.209.2250 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit the Tax Collector's website at www.sjctax.us.
April 1, 2020
Property Tax Extension – The Governor has issued an executive order to extend the final due date for 2019 property tax payments to April 15, 2020.
Tourist Development Tax Extension – The Department will waive the imposition of penalty and accrual interest for those taxpayers who collected tourist development tax in February of 2020 but were unable to meet the due date, if taxes are reported and remitted by March 31, 2020. Additionally, for taxpayers adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department will extend the due date to April 30, 2020 for the March 2020 tourist development tax reporting period.
St. Johns County Tax Collector Operations Update – To minimize exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Governor has recommended limited face-to-face transactions. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, we ask that if you are experiencing any fever, flu-like symptoms, have a cough, shortness of breath or traveled outside the United States within the last 14 days, please complete your driver license, motor vehicle, or tax transaction online. Driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates of March 16 â€“ April 15, 2020 will be extended for 30 days. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the real ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, all branch office locations of the St. Johns County Tax Collector's Office will be closed. The Main Office, located at 4030 Lewis Speedway, will remain operational for St. Johns County Residents Only. Concealed weapon applications and renewals have been suspended through April 19th. All road tests will be suspended starting March 30th. Office hours will be Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We will not be open the last Saturday of the month. www.sjctax.us
March 31, 2020
Two federal assistance loan programs are now available for small business owners experiencing financial impacts due to COVID-19:
For more information on St. Johns County's response to COVID-19, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus or call the St. Johns County Citizens Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.
March 30 ,2020
The St. Johns County Restaurants Open for Take-out and Delivery list was compiled in an effort to support St. Johns County's local businesses and provide residents with a convenient directory in which to purchase food for take-out or delivery. While the list is not intended to be a comprehensive directory, it does provide a variety of take-out and delivery options. All information contained in this document was current at the time of posting. Please email SJCCommunications@sjcfl.us if you are an establishment open for take-out and/or delivery and would like to be added to this list, or if you are aware of a change that needs to be made to the current list. St. Johns County Restaurants Open for Take-out and Delivery
March 28, 2020
In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare and maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency, effective 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, and will remain closed until further notice.
"We have taken as many measures as possible up to this point to preserve our residents' ability to access their beach. Unfortunately, those visiting the beach continue to ignore CDC guidelines regarding crowd size and personal distancing. In order to maintain public safety and respect the State of Florida's Executive Order, we had no choice but to close the coastline to public access today," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We will continue to be methodical in our approach to closings related to COVID-19, and like every decision we have made to this point, we will open the beaches at the appropriate time when it is safe to do so."
The determination to close all public beaches is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials. All boat ramps, parks, green spaces, and trails remain open for the public to safely enjoy. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.
Executive Order 20-86: Directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person's presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
Executive Order 20-87: Ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(1)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order. This directive shall include the rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment, as defined under Section 509.013(4)(a), Florida Statutes. This directive shall not include hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, or time share projects; long-term rentals; or rental stays where guests are currently staying in a vacation rental or have previously booked a stay and are scheduled to check-in no later than March 28, 2020.
FWC Executive Order 20-09: Suspends any provisions of Section 327.02, F.S., Section 327.46, F.S., or any other provision of Chapter 327 or regulation thereunder that limits the Fish and Wildlife Commission's ability to implement boating restrictions on the vessels on the waters of this state necessary to enforce effective social distancing provisions to include behavior that may result in mass gatherings or congregations of people susceptible to the spread of COVID-19 and limit recreational vessel occupancy to no more than 10 persons per vessel with a minimum distance of 50 feet between recreational vessels and any other vessel.
For additional information or to review the complete Executive orders, please visit www.flgov.com/executive-orders-desantis.
March 27, 2020
In response to COVID-19, St. Johns County's constitutional offices and courthouses have adjusted hours and enacted closures:
Property Appraiser – The Property Appraiser's Office lobby will be closed to the public through Friday, April 10. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours and are available to assist by telephone, email, or web services. For more information, please visit www.sjcpa.us.
Supervisor of Elections – The Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed to the public through Friday, April 3. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours, and most Supervisor of Elections services are available at www.votesjc.com.
Tax Collector – All St. Johns County Tax Collector branch office locations are closed. The main office remains operational for County residents only; however, the office will not be open on Saturday, March 28. All road tests are suspended. Residents are encouraged to process any eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us.
Clerk of Courts – The Clerk of Courts suspended all public services until Monday, April 6, not including services deemed to be "mission critical." A list of mission critical services is available at www.stjohnsclerk.com. Filings, recordings, and marriage services are also suspended until April 6, and all non-mission critical court proceedings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida – All normal court operations have been suspended until further notice, except for those proceedings deemed "mission critical."
For more information regarding St. Johns County's response to COVID-19, please visit www.sjcfl.us or call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.
In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the St. Johns County Public Library is offering County residents online eCard registration. Residents in need of a library card may now sign up for a temporary one by visiting www.sjcpls.org. Active for 60 days, the temporary card provides access to the library's online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, digital magazines, and more. Users may also utilize their eCard to log into virtual services such as Hoopla, OverDrive, and RB Digital. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your nearest branch.
Flagler Health+ has established an outdoor test collection site for patients who have a physician order for COVID-19 testing and have pre-registered through the system. The drive through process takes about three minutes. Test results are taking at least 4-5 days on average. Tests results are communicated back to the patient's primary care doctor who notifies the patient of the results. Positive results are also reported to the Department of Health.
Flagler Health+ is also offering a reduced rate of $25 for people to see a doctor online who may not have a primary care doctor. The online doctor will determine if they need to be tested or not based on their symptoms and an algorithm. The online doctor can also prescribe medications for certain other diagnoses. For additional information please call 904.819.5155 or visit www.flaglerhospital.org.
St. Johns County Department of Heath
The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County, as part of disease control investigations, is collecting specimens for COVID-19 laboratory testing. As part of disease investigations, specimen collection is by appointment only for those individuals who meet the CDC criteria for testing. The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County is located in the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View, Saint Augustine, FL 32084.
For more information about COVID-19 and testing, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County's COVID-19 Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 904.209.6363. All other inquiries can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County at 904.209.3250. Calls received outside of standard business hours will be redirected to a Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County Public Health Nurse.
Avecina Medical-Julington Creek
The Avecina Medical - Julington Creek facility located at 1633 Race Track Rd, St Johns, FL, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as a COVID-19 collection site. Collection is being treated as an urgent care doctor's visit and clients must bring a photo ID and insurance card. The collection facility has a tent prepared outside and have requested that visitors wait in their cars for paperwork to be brought to them by a staff member. For additional information, please call 904.230.6988 or visit www.avecina.com/our-services/urgent-care/.
TIAA Bank Field Federal Testing Site, Open to St. Johns County Residents
Open to St. Johns County residents, the federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J. All ages are accepted, although patients must still meet certain guidelines. These include:
This site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, for as long as supplies last. While a doctor's order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on site. Patients who do not meet the criteria will not receive a test and will be sent home. Those attempting to be tested should:
A maximum of four people per car will be screened and tested; each person must be sitting at a functioning window. Additional passengers will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day. As long lines are expected, please follow the directions of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traffic officers. Drivers coming from the west side of town should use Bay Street. Drivers coming from the east side should use Gator Bowl Boulevard. Public restrooms will not be available. American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on-site to assist. For questions regarding federal testing sites please call the Toll Free Call Center at 1.877.696.6775.
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting Notice
March 25, 2020
The St. Johns County Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled. The Board is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. in the St. Johns Conference Room, located in the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. With the exception of this meeting, all other meetings previously noticed will take place at the time and date advertised unless otherwise posted. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.
The St. Johns County Utility Department is suspending late fees on utility bills, effective immediately, in an attempt to ease financial strain on families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the Utility Department will not disconnect services on accounts with an outstanding balance. These measures are in effect until further notice. Customers with past-due balances that predate the current health emergency are still expected to pay for their services. For more information, please call 904.209.2700 or visit www.sjcfl.us/utilities/.
The St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing lobby is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Their on-site drive through, drop box locations, and pay-by-phone options will remain open to accept payments and provide services. Online bill payment and other utility services are also available at www.sjcfl.us/utilities. The Utility Department standard operating business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, please call Utility Customer Service at 904.209.2700.
March 24, 2020
St. Johns County has partnered with WSOS 103.9 FM/1170 AM to host St. Johns County Today COVID-19 Updates at 8:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Co-hosted by Michael Ryan, St. Johns County Director of Communications, and WSOS's Kevin Geddings, the show covers a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 health emergency in St. Johns County. The radio show will also feature representatives from partner agencies directly involved with the COVID-19 response, including public safety, fire rescue, and emergency management. The public may submit questions in advance or during the show by visiting the WSOS Facebook page or by emailing them directly to email@example.com.
St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, to discuss St. Johns County's response to COVID-19. The conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, Florida Department of Health, St. Johns County Emergency Management. Representatives from other agencies, including the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, and emergency medical services will also be present.
March 23, 2020
In response to the current COVID-19 health emergency and in accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person, are not required to meet in a specific public place, and may use telephonic and video conferencing. In response, all St. Johns County board and committee meetings may utilize telephone or video conferencing through April 17. Those who would like to submit public comment by telephone during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The public may attend meetings in person, however, it is recommended you maintain the CDC social distancing guideline of six feet or more. If you have any questions regarding the submission of public comment by telephone, please call 904.824.5550.
In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, visitors, and workforce. Effective Monday, March 23, the following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect until further notice:
St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550.
March 22, 2020
In order to maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beach parking lots in St Johns County are closed under the local state of emergency, effective 6 a.m. on Monday, March 23 and will remain closed until further notice.
"After evaluating near record beach attendance over the weekend and consulting with local law enforcement officials, it is clear that the county needs to take additional steps to further reduce the size of the crowds on our beaches," said Hunter S. Conrad. "Our goal is to allow the beaches to remain as accessible as possible to our residents, while still observing CDC guidelines and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our community."
The determination to close all public beach parking lots is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St Augustine Beach Police Department, St Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials.
While pedestrian access to St Johns County beaches remains accessible, please limit gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintain a minimum distance of six feet between other parties in compliance with CDC guidelines. Vehicular access to all St Johns County beaches remains prohibited until further notice. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.