Covid-19 Local Resource Guide

City of Venice

Sarasota County

Florida Department of Health Updates

30-day Mask Ordinance in Effect for City of Venice

Venice City Council passed an ordinance on second reading on Tuesday, 8/25/20 requiring face coverings in the City. The ordinance will sunset or expire 30 days after adoption, unless otherwise extended or repealed prior to the expiration date. 

Sarasota County CARES

CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund alerts available
Individuals and businesses are now able to opt-in to receive updates and information on assistance provided through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund through text, landline, email, TDD/TTY or through the Alert Sarasota County mobile app. For updates and information about individual and business assistance through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund:
For business assistance, text SRQCARESBiz to 888777
For individual assistance, text SRQCARESInd to 888777

Recent Actions
On August 19, 2020, the Sarasota County Commission approved the budget amendment to receive the initial 25 percent allocation of $18.9 million.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, such as cosmetologists, veterinarians, real estate agents and pari-mutuel wagering facilities. For the latest updates on Covid-19 related issues, click on the buttons below.

COVID 19 and Mask Notices for Businesses

Venice MainStreet and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to create an information graphic poster announcing a business’ plan to abide by safety standards and prioritize the health of staff and customers. We invite the public to look for these notices throughout Venice.

The City of Venice Municipal Government has provided a mask notice that can be posted on your storefront.

Free Masks for Public

Venice MainStreet has partnered with the City of Venice Municipal Government to distribute FREE MASKS to the public, while supplies last. Look for yellow signs posted on storefronts of distribution locations on Miami, Venice, and Tampa Avenues starting July 2nd.
UPDATE: As of 7/9/2020, masks are in low supply due to a large public response and may no longer be available at all the listed locations.

Distance Socially, Shop Locally

Support our local economy by shopping with our local, small businesses. Here’s a list of Venice MainStreet Partners offering online shopping, phone orders and shipping, or are open to the public at 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing.

Distance Socially, Eat Locally

A list of Venice MainStreet partner restaurants and cafes offering delivery, curbside pick-up, pick-up at the door, takeout, gift certificates or dining at 50% capacity.

Health and Wellness at Home

Venice MainStreet Partners offer alternatives to their studio or beach classes, so that you can stay fit safely at home.

Mental Health Preparedness and Response Resources

Use the resource guide for Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources to help individuals and communities cope. Topics covered include stress management and suicide prevention. Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. More resources for substance abuse and mental health are also available through the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Economic Development Corporation Sarasota County

The EDC’s priority is to provide the most up-to-date, impactful business information available during these uncertain times. The EDC wants businesses to endure minimal interruption and be back up and running as soon as possible. For news, tools and resources click on the links below.

Executive Orders from Governor Ron DeSantis

For updates from Governor Ron DeSantis and the latest executive orders from the State of Florida view the links below.

State of Florida Resources for Businesses

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

Have you been impacted by efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Florida? File your Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System.

The FSBDCN (Florida Small Business Development Center Network) serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida. The Network’s focus on the critical needs of businesses drives its direction and performance expectations.

Federal and National Resources
Opening Up America Again guidelines include a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

CDC Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners.

U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies. The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Below are also links for more information about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and CARES Act.

Florida Travel Safety Information

Important information for tourists and residents currently traveling throughout the county and state.