Tampa Bay area beaches closing amid coronavirus pandemic

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TAMPA (WFLA) – Several Tampa Bay area communities are closing beaches to try and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s a list of the local beaches closing:

CITY OF TAMPA:

• Ben T Davis Beach at 7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

• Cypress Point Beach at 5620 W Cypress St, Tampa, 33607

• Davis Islands Beach at 864 Severn Ave, Tampa, 33606

• Picnic Island Beach at 7409 Picnic Island Blvd, Tampa, 33616

Cypress Point Park and Picnic Island Park will be closed but Picnic Island Park boat ramp will remain open.

PINELLAS COUNTY:

  • All Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 20 and the closure will last until April 6. This includes Clearwater Beach

Other beaches affected include:

  • Indian Rocks Beach
  • Indian Shores / Tiki Gardens
  • Madeira Beach
  • Redington Shores
  • St. Pete Beach
  • 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.

Private owners along the beach are also asked to conform to the CDC guidelines of social distancing by maintaining 6 ft. of separation from others and limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people.

SARASOTA COUNTY:

  • Sarasota County beaches will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning.

MANATEE COUNTY:

  • Manatee County beaches will close Friday at 6 a.m. and barricades will be set up in the parking lots and additional lots will be shut down for beaches in Manatee County.

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