A Guide to Recovery

Restart. Rebook. Recover.

As we move into the first phase of reopening, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater has compiled a list of suggestions and changes other businesses across the country are making to adapt to the COVID-19 era. Obviously not all of these are achievable for every business, but seeing and sharing what other businesses are doing can help understand what might be possible or necessary. 


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Onsite Consumption for Bars & Breweries CLOSED STATEWIDE

More details to come as they are made available. 


Face Covering Ordinance


Thermal Cameras. Utilize thermal cameras to conduct non-invasive temperature checks at points of entry. Test those with a temperature over 100°F again in a private area, turning away those who still show high temperatures. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas Health & Sanitation Program).

Hand Sanitizer. Install hand sanitizer dispensers, touchless whenever possible, at key entrances and contact places.

Signage. Display health and hygiene reminders throughout the business for guests and employees. (Source: Publix).

Physical Distancing. Advise guests to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away. Clearly mark any area where guests or employees queue for appropriate physical distancing. This could include check-in, check-out, elevator lobbies, coffee shops and casual dining, taxi lines, etc. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas Health & Sanitation Program).

Hand Washing. Correct hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap are vital to help combat the spread of the virus. Instruct employees to wash their hands, or use sanitizer when a sink is not available, every 60 minutes (for 20 seconds) and after any of the following activities: using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, drinking, going on break and before or after starting a shift.

Masks. Consider having staff wear masks during the entire time at work and while in most indoor places within Pinellas County. Masks could be provided by the business.

Contactless Payment. Offer touch-free payment options such as contactless card, mobile pay app, etc. (Source: Publix).

General Guidance and Resources

  • U.S. Travel prepared "Travel in the New Normal," an industry guidance to promote the health and safety of travelers. 
  • Back To Work Safely provides expert, industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage after COVID-19 quarantines.

Restaurants and Bars

In addition to the considerations above, restaurant-specific recommendations have been developed along with the Streetsense Relaunch Toolkit

Guidelines to Reopen

Hotels & Lodging Partners

New standards of cleaning, check-in, laundry services are sprouting up everywhere. We've compiled a list of recommendations and resources to guide you during your reopening. 

Guidelines to Reopen


An event safety alliance reopening guide to help event professionals who are planning to reopen during the COVID-19. 

View Reopening Guide