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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Pinellas County is under a  Safer at Home Directive from Pinellas County, the Pinellas County Sheriff and the State of Florida

 Pinellas County COVID-19 Updates


Safer at Home - Pinellas 

COVID-19 Business Loans/Grants (SBA, PPP, Bridge Loans, Municipal Grants)

Donate, Supply or Manufacture Products

Report Economic Damages

St. Pete Clearwater Tourism Industry Crisis Management Resources

Employers Hiring (03/26/20)

Unemployment Benefits Assistance

Pinellas County Economic Development Operations

Helpful Links


What does "Safer at Home" mean for Businesses in Pinellas County

Non-essential businesses must close storefront operations to customer foot traffic if they can’t meet CDC guidelines on social distancing. They may continue internal and minimum basic operations that are required to maintain their businesses. Even then, the business must enforce the social distancing guidelines provided by the CDC.

Barber shops, hair, nail, and beauty salons, and related establishments are considered non-essential businesses, but they may continue to operate only to the extent that they are able to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines. This may require spacing out/staggering client visits so as to prevent any kind of large gathering of clientele.

Essential businesses may continue operations following the appropriate guidelines to the maximum extent possible.
Essential businesses include the following:

  • First Responders, Police and Fire, Jails and Prisons 
  • Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare operations
  • Community based organizations providing meals and social services 
  • Human Service operations 
  • Garbage and Sanitation workers 
  • Transportation: including airports and public transportation such as PSTA 
  • Utilities, Public Works, and essential infrastructure
  • Critical trades: (Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Security personnel, etc.) Fire and water damage restoration, appliance repair personnel, and other service providers (such as landscape and pool maintenance service providers) who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures
  • Government essential service workers
  • Gas Stations 
  • Food: (grocery stores, food banks, restaurants: delivery, take-out or curbside delivery) 
  • Banks and financial institutions 
  • Laundromats  
  • Funeral Services 
  • Hotel and lodging 
  • Hardware, garden and supply stores 
  • Post offices and shipping service
Guidance from Pinellas County Government and the Sheriff's Office: 
  • Businesses that do not comply with the order will be subject to the appropriate enforcement action up to and including orders to close and criminal charges.
  • If a citizen is concerned about a businesses is implementing social distancing, they can report it to the Sheriff’s tip line at 727-582-TIPS (8477).

Governor's order for Florida Restaurants

Pinellas County is under a Local State of Emergency. Citizens with questions or concerns can call the Citizen Information Center (CIC) at (727) 464-4333 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Those with hearing impairment can chat online at

Are there grants for local businesses impacted by COVID-19?  The Paycheck Protection Program from the federal government can be 75% forgivable. City of St. Pete has the Fighting Chance Fund -   Please click here for more information. 

COVID-19 OPERATIONS: Pinellas County Economic Development offices are CLOSED indefinitely.  We are working remotely to meet the needs of our businesses and clients. Please phone (727) 464-7332. Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m for assistance.

COVID-19 Links for Pinellas County Businesses - 



State of Florida and Florida Department of Health


Retail Supply Chain Corporate Messages:


Pinellas Business Disaster Page Archive 

Dorian SBA EIDL Loan Deadline Extended to 08/13/2020

The SBA Economic Disaster Injury Loan (EIDL) application deadline related to Hurricane Dorian has been extended to Dec. 18, 2019 for businesses located in Pinellas.  SBA’s EIDL offers impacted businesses working capital disaster loans up to $2 million at 4% for small businesses with terms up to 30 years. These loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, businesses need to apply by Aug. 13, 2020.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at Please phone (727) 453-7200 with questions or for more information.

Pinellas County Emergency Management Business Solutions

DURING THE STORM: Pinellas County Emergency Bulletins

Updates and Alerts During an Emergency

  • Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center: Find disaster resources for business, before, during and after the storm at the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center. Direct communications to ESF-18 | Business registration Preparedness information | Resource identification | Disaster situation reports | Research on business needs | Community outreach and more at

Personalized Business Continuity Plans with SBDC Business Consultants

If you'd like to make an appointment to prepare a personalized business continuity plan for your company, please make an appointment by clicking here. 

Emergency Notifications:  Sign up for  Alert Pinellas onlineor phone (866) 484-3264 to sign up for emergency notifications.  Alert Pinellas is an emergency notification service. It is FREE to Pinellas residents and will give us multiple ways to get the word to you whenever an urgent situation arises. All you have to do is register your contact information with Alert Pinellas and an automated message will be sent to alert you to local emergencies.  Contact information remains protected and confidential. Residents can receive notifications through their mobile devices, computers and landlines. Each member of the household can register.

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