Novel COVID-19 Response Plan - Last Updated Friday, March 27
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. On Wednesday, March 25, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 20-20: COVID-19 - Safer at Home Order. For information related to this resolution, please view our webpage on the resolution or contact the Pinellas County Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333. Violations of the resolution can be reported at (727) 582-TIPS (8477) .
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
Questions about Novel COVID-19 should be directed to the public health officials at the below contact information.
- Pinellas County’s Citizen Information Center: (727) 464-4333
- Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Safer at Home reporting line: (727) 582-TIPS (8477)
- 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
Town Facilities and Services
Effective at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 19, all Town of Belleair government buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. Please keep in mind that Town staff will remain working during regular business hours - it is only the public access being adjusted at this time. Business transactions and payments will be conducted via dropboxes, mail, telephone, and/or online.
|Facility or Service||Status|
|Police, fire, and emergency response services||Active - no change|
|Solid waste and recycling services||Active - no change|
|Town of Belleair public buildings|
(Town Hall, the John J. Osborne Public Works Building, and the Dimmitt Community Center)
|Closed to the public - may be reached via phone or email|
|Public parks||Open to the public (remember to abide by CDC social distancing standards)|
The Building Department (and any other department issuing permits or licenses) have extended deadlines for 30 days, effective immediately. Departments conducting inspections may also extend deadlines for 30 days, and/or to conduct video conferencing or other virtual inspections, as needed.
Utility bill payments may be made via the dropbox on The Mall, over the phone 24/7 at (844) 615-2355, or online at www.townofbelleair.com/billpay.
Following the direction of the Pinellas County School Board, the Dimmitt Community Center will be closed from at least Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, April 15.
|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|
On Wednesday, March 18, the Town of Belleair Commission declared a local state of emergency at its regularly-scheduled Commission meeting. This declaration grants the Town Manager and staff additional powers to quickly respond and mitigate any concerns from the spread of COVID-19.
Upcoming Commission meetings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Such meetings will be held virtually, pursuant to the regulations and tools described at www.townofbelleair.com/meetings.
Updates to Programs and Events
Town of Belleair Events and Programs
As of Thursday, March 12, the Town of Belleair has postponed or canceled all Town-sponsored events and recreational programs for at least for the next 30 days. Other programs and events will be considered moving forward as we continue to monitor COVID-19 and the nationwide responses to the virus.
Canceled events include the Sundays in Belleair Outdoor Concert (previously March 15), Springfest (previously April 11), the Free Shredding Event for Belleair Residents (previously April 25), and the Belleair Rec Family Golf Tournament (previously April 24 and April 25).
The Belleair Community Foundation has canceled all events through at least Sunday, April 12. For more information on these events, please visit www.belleaircommunityfoundation.org. Additionally, private events or rentals will NOT be permitted on public property until further notice.
On March 13, 2020, the Pelican Women’s Championship LPGA tournament (scheduled for May 11 - 17) released a statement that while COVID-19 is being actively monitored, the event is still being planned as scheduled. Additional updates on this event will be provided at www.pelicanlpga.com.
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