Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan
Last updated Friday, May 29
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 2 Re-Opening
The Town of Belleair will begin its second phase of re-opening on Monday, June 1 per the guidelines below. However, as we continue to monitor COVID-19 and its fluid situation, these plans could change in order to best protect our community.
Town Hall and Public Works to Re-Open at Regular Schedule
- Starting on Monday, June 1, Town Hall and the John J. Osborne Public Works Building will be open Monday through Friday at normal hours.
- Visitors to Town Hall will be required to use the west (parking lot) entrance or the Police Department entrance. The front doors facing north will remain locked.
- We are still encouraging business to occur over the phone to reduce unnecessary contact. For the safety of our staff and the public, many interactions may 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.
Commission and advisory board meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Instructions and agendas are available at www.townofbelleair.com/meetings.
Screening and Cleaning Processes
- Visitors entering Town buildings are required to wear a face covering while inside.
- All meeting and transaction locations in buildings will be disinfected at an increased frequency by Town staff and by contracted cleaning crews.
- Belleair’s Public Works Department has been cleaning outdoor 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.
- Town employees continue to be screened daily. 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.
Recreation Programs, Camps, and Facilities
Summer Camp to Resume with Limited Capacity
- The Parks and Recreation Department will begin summer camp with limited capacity at the Dimmitt Community Center on Monday, June 1.
- Space will be limited for children grades K-7 (9 children plus 1 counselor in 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. Please note that capacities may change throughout the summer as we monitor guidance from the State of Florida and the CDC.
- 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.
- 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 frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Other Recreation Facilities
- 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.
|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|
Community Outreach Program
The Belleair Parks and Recreation Department started our Community Outreach Program for COVID-19 in March and the program is still active now. The program is designed for older adults (or anyone otherwise vulnerable to COVID-19) who may have difficulty or concerns over traveling and shopping at stores themselves. Learn more about this program by clicking here.
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 of 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 and sneezes.
- Sanitize common surfaces at home and work.