Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan
Last updated Monday, May 18
In the best interest of the health, safety, and welfare of our community, the Town of Belleair is taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As such, Town staff and elected officials are reviewing this fluid situation daily and will be making adjustments to programs, events, and operations as needed.
The Town of Belleair is also working in concert with Pinellas County in response to COVID-19. For information on Pinellas County’s resolutions on COVID-19 and their integration with the State of Florida mandates, visit Pinellas County’s COVID-19 Response and Recommendations web page.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the public health officials at the below contact information.
- The Florida Department of Health 24/7 call center: (866) 779-6121
- The Florida Department of Health’s website: www.pinellas.floridahealth.gov
- The Center for Disease Control’s website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
- The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Beach Capacity Dashboard: https://pcsoweb.com/beachcapacity
Phase 1 Re-Opening
As we follow Governor DeSantis’ and Pinellas County’s leads to begin reopening our communities, the Town of Belleair will begin its first phase of re-opening on Monday, May 11. The information below outlines our current plans. However, as the COVID-19 situation is fluid and we continue to monitor the virus, these plans could change in order to best protect our community.
Town Hall to Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Starting May 12, Town Hall will be open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for business transactions. Such transactions include utility billing, building permits, and appointments scheduled with the Administration, Support Services, Building, or Police Departments.
If at all possible, we are still encouraging business to occur over the phone or via video conferencing. In-person meetings and business should be reserved for necessities. For the safety of our staff and the public, an increased number of interactions will take place behind physical barriers.
The Town is discouraging the use of cash for payments and encouraging check and credit card transactions. Fees for electronic transactions will continue to be waived by the Town.
Town Commission meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Instructions and agendas are available at www.townofbelleair.com/meetings. Advisory board meetings are canceled through May.
Screening and Cleaning Processes
Anyone entering Town Hall must be screened with a thermal scanner, questionnaire, and contact tracing form. Anyone entering Town Hall must wear a face covering. Any individuals who refuse/fail screening or refuse to wear a face covering will not be allowed beyond the screening area.
All meeting and transaction locations in Town Hall will be disinfected at an increased frequency by Town staff and contracted cleaning crews.
Town staff will be screened daily with the same protocol as the public. Any employee experiencing illness must seek immediate medical care, testing, and self-quarantine for at least two weeks.
All staff will be reporting as scheduled by a supervisor to maintain social distancing. Remote work is still allowed where convenient.
Public Works Building Remains Closed as Services Continue
The John J. Osborne Public Works Building will remain closed to the public unless by appointment for only critical business meetings.
Any individuals who have a critical need to enter the John J. Osborne Public Works Building must be screened with a thermal scanner, questionnaire, and contact tracing form. Anyone entering the facility will be required to wear a face covering. Any individuals who refuse or fail screening or who refuse to wear a face covering will not be allowed beyond the screening area.
As throughout our COVID-19 response, Public Works, Solid Waste, and Water Department personnel and activities continue to work as normal. All Town staff will be screened daily with the same protocol as the public. Any employee experiencing illness must seek immediate medical care and self-quarantine for at least two weeks.
Belleair’s Public Works Department has been cleaning public facilities at an increased frequency over the past few months. This includes the sanitation of all public benches, water fountains, dog pots, and trash cans three times per week.
Recreation Programs, Camps, and Facilities
"Back to Rec Camp" to Begin with Limited Capacity
The Parks and Recreation Department will begin offering a child care program with limited space at the Dimmitt Community Center on Monday, May 11.
Space will be limited to 36 children grades K-7 (9 children plus 1 counselor in four separate groups). Children and counselors in different groups will be required to social distance from other groups and must remain with the same group for the entire week.
Registration priority will be given to (1) Belleair residents with at least one parent working in a front-line responder or law enforcement capacity, (2) Belleair residents, (3) members of the Dimmitt Community Center and Afterschool participants, (4) all other participants.
The child care program has been designed with distance learning in mind, as children will have the ability to work on schoolwork throughout each day.
All campers and employees will be screened with a thermal scanner, questionnaire, and contact tracing form each day. Any individuals who refuse or fail screening will not be permitted access beyond the screening area. Parents will not be permitted to enter the building and must drop off and pick up children from within their vehicles.
The Dimmitt Community Center will remain closed to the public other than for staff and campers.
The Dimmitt Community Center will undergo increased sanitization during camp operations and before any group rotates/transitions to a different space. The facility will also undergo thorough cleanings each night after closing.
Children and staff will be required to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If you are interested in camp, please access the interest form here as soon as possible.
Belleair Summer Camp
The Parks and Recreation Department has announced plans to safely launch a limited summer camp program from June 1 - August 7. Belleair residents will have priority registration. View the announcement and rollout plan here.
Other Recreation Facilities and Programs
Both playgrounds adjacent to the Dimmitt Community Center remain closed.
Tennis courts have reopened with additional measures in place for play. Instructions are posted at the courts and keys are available for purchase by calling (727) 518-3728.
Some outdoor, socially-distanced programming may begin in mid-May as a part of phase two or three of the re-opening.
Any additional questions about Parks and Recreation offerings may be directed to (727) 518-3728.
|Belleair Town Hall||(727) 588-3769|
|Non-emergency police dispatch||(727) 588-3500|
|Belleair Building Department||(727) 588-3775|
|John J. Osborne Public Works Building||(727) 588-3795|
|Dimmitt Community Center||(727) 518-3728|
|To directly contact Town of Belleair staff, please see our staff directory|
Belleair’s Community Outreach Program for COVID-19
To help our residents in this time of need, the Parks and Recreation Department has developed a Community Outreach Program for our older adults who are isolated and/or practicing social distancing. Through the program, residents can place orders at local retailers and a Town employee will pick those orders up and deliver them to the resident at no additional charge.
General Tips from the Florida Department of Health
Following the advice of the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Town of Belleair is advising everyone to practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings, staying home if ill, and avoiding those who are sick.
COVID-19 spreads the same way as the flu, so follow the same precautions:
Practice social distancing by avoiding groups of more than 10 people and keeping 6 feet or space between persons, when at all possible
Wash your hands well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when you can’t
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
Cover your coughs or sneezes
Sanitize common surfaces at home or work