ST PETERSBURG â ???? Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke on Tuesday about the challenges the city faces this week as it hosts an international sporting event that will be attended by thousands of fans as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 rises in Pinellas County
The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg weekend begins on Friday, the first major event the city will host since the pandemic began in March This is also when the Grand Prix was originally supposed to have took place, but the race was interrupted on March 13 during a practice session
The race, held annually since 2005, has become one of IndyCar’s crown jewels. Up to 20,000 fans will be allowed to attend this weekend’s race but that does not include people who might be drawn to the city center by running
But the race returns under the name of Pinellasâ ???? positivity begins to mount Kriseman, speaking at a press conference at the Pete Pier Street entrance, said the county’s two-week positivity rate was 45 percent
It had fallen to around 3% a few weeks ago, but still remains below the World Health Organization recommended positivity threshold of 5% over two weeks to ease social distancing restrictions
Pinellas has seen 24,327 confirmed cases of the virus and 807 deaths during the coronavirus pandemic
The race has strict COVID-19 protocols in place, including a requirement that all participants must wear masks The mayor said that the fact that the event takes place outdoors and takes place on a 50 acre area with limited stake minimizes risk
As a city we are very comfortable with what has been put in place for this race, ”he said. It’s still a great TV commercial for St Pete, and so especially this year we want to do it right and show itâ € ”
The mayor reminded businesses and residents that despite the government Ron DeSantis’ order last month placing the state in phase 3 of its reopening plan – ???? effectively eliminate all statewide pandemic mitigation measures local restrictions still apply Company employees and customers should always wear masks Restaurant tables should be spaced at least 6 feet apart and parties are always limited to 10 people Customers cannot stay in bars And companies can be cited for breaking the rules
Says Kriseman: – For business owners who don’t play by the rules, who don’t care if their selfishness is negatively affecting businesses trying to do it the right way, the St Pete way, know this: we will quote you, and we will hold you accountableâ ????
The mayor pointed out that while the governor had promised to stop issuing statewide orders over the virus, Kriseman said that didn’t mean he wouldn’t take action. alone if things went wrong hand
– If there are any restrictions that will save hundreds or thousands of lives here in St Pete, we will adopt them, « he said. » Because it’s my jobâ ????
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