Business

Signs for Businesses to Post

To help businesses inform customers about the Pinellas County Face Covering Ordinance, several printable PDF files are available.

Pinellas CARES Small Business Grants


Pinellas CARES Local Business Grants:

Application window closed on Friday, Nov. 13.

Business owners with an application currently in progress can review the status of their application and upload supporting documents through the participant portal below. New applications cannot be accepted.


Pinellas CARES has helped more than 3,200 businesses with emergency grants since May, and more help is now available. 

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners approved expanded grant funding for Pinellas-based businesses most affected by the pandemic. In general, this includes businesses that were required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business.

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13.

For more information and the portal to apply, visit to the Pinellas CARES Local Business page.

Expanded program statistics as of Dec. 1

since applications opened on Aug. 31, 2020:

  • 1,803 checks have been issued.
  • $6,991,125 has been received by eligible businesses with approved applications.

Previous program statistics from May 4 through Sept. 2, 2020:

  • 5,223 completed applications were received.
  • 3,249 checks were issued.
  • $16.245 million was received by eligible businesses with approved applications.

Additional Resources for Businesses

For the latest updates about resources for Pinellas County businesses, visit the Pinellas County Economic Development website. Florida businesses can also visit http://floridadisaster.biz for more information.

Business Re-opening Status

While there are currently no state or county-level capacity limits on businesses in Pinellas County, there are still important safety rules in place to protect us all from COVID-19.

Face Coverings are still required in all indoor public places, with some exceptions. For more information, view our face covering frequently asked questions.

Restaurants and Bars

Ordinance 20-14, passed by the Board of County Commissioners in June, has specific requirements for restaurants and bars that continue to be in effect in conjunction with the state’s limitations. 

• Employees must wear a face covering whether directly or indirectly preparing food or drinks, whether having customer contact or not, and whether indoors or outdoors. 
• Patrons must wear a face covering except when seated and consuming food or a drink and distanced six feet from other parties 
• Standing at a bar is prohibited. The state’s reopening plan and the County ordinance require that patrons be seated to be served drinks for on-site consumption.
• Tables/bar stools must be spaced so that individuals and their companion(s) are separated six feet from others. Tables are limited to 10 guests. 
• Standing areas are not allowed. Patrons waiting to be seated must remain distanced in groups of no more than 10 people.
• Bars and restaurants must establish rules that encourage social distancing, hand-washing and other protective measures based on CDC guidance.

 The ordinance will remain in effect until the Board of County Commissioners repeals it or allows the county’s State of Local Emergency declaration to expire.

Vacation rentals

Vacation rentals may take reservations and operate with restrictions.    Property owners and managers will receive comprehensive guidelines outlining safety and sanitation measures that must be followed to reopen. Guests should be advised to practice CDC-recommended social distancing, and public seating must be situated, and common areas marked, to facilitate separation.

There are numerous other requirements listed under the categories Guest Safety/Health, Employee Safety/Hygiene, Property Cleanliness, Pools & Beaches and more.

Reporting Business Losses

Business can report economic losses related to COVID-19 online.

The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement economic relief programs for businesses can begin.