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All Pinellas County public beaches to be closed until April 6

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners have decided to close all public county beaches.

The closure will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 20 and the closure will last until April 6.

This includes Clearwater Beach which must follow the new order implemented by Pinellas County commissioners.

County commissioners are also asking the state to close Honeymoon Island State Park including Caladesi Island in order to help prevent crowds from gathering there during the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s a decision having a major impact on business.

“Obviously business has declined, but I’m trying to be as safe as I can,” said Cindy Miller who works in a store on Clearwater Beach.

She is disappointed about the downturn in business, but understands the need for caution at this time.

“I’m living with an 88-year-old mom who has a heart valve replacement. So, when I come down here I’m like, should I go to work, should I not go to work,” said Miller.

A few doors down, Art Basner spent much of his day wiping down surfaces in his store to be as safe as possible.

“All day long throughout the day we are sterilizing everything, the countertops, the pad that people have to sign for their credit cards on,” said Basner.

The closure includes the closure of public parking at beaches through April 6.

However private owners along the beach are being asked to follow the CDC guidelines of social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of separation from others and limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people.

This comes following closures of other beaches including Tampa area beaches, Sarasota County and Manatee County beaches and Clearwater Beach.

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