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St. Pete's new campaign pushes to become Florida's safest COVID community

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Posted at 7:28 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 19:28:23-05

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Pete leaders start the "Race to Safe" campaign in a push to be the state’s most “COVID safe community.”

With COVID cases on the rise across the state and a vaccine months away, city leaders started a new campaign to keep people focused on COVID-19 safety measures.

The “Race to Safe” campaign challenges St. Pete and Pinellas County to be the safest community in the state. Their website urges people to wear masks, social distance and refrain from gathering in large groups during the holidays.

"If a county or city can bring their percentage down even more, it's Pinellas and St. Pete," said Rick Kriseman, St. Pete Mayor.

Local businesses owners say people have done a good job with the COVID guidelines and they want everyone to keep it up so they can stay open.

"We want everyone to be safe and we do not want our businesses to close, this is livelihood for us," said Lisa Clark, co-owner of Shorline Sugar Boutique.

There are no new restrictions as of now.

Kriseman says the goal is for the county’s two-week average positivity rate to be below 5%, right now it's at 5.8%.

For more information on the Race to Safe campaign, click here.