Woodie’s Wash Shack Reopens for Essential Workers

Woodie’s will provide a special “interior disinfectant cleaning” exclusively for essential service workers

St. Petersburg, Fla., Apr. 22 – Woodie’s Wash Shack has been authorized to reopen and provide its unique disinfecting services after working with the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, which had required all express car washes be closed on April 3.

Woodie’s Wash Shack, located at 5601 66th Street North, offers both exterior and interior vehicle disinfection that is done effectively, safely and in accordance with CDC guidelines. It eliminates 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, mold and other harmful microorganisms and lasts three to five days.

These disinfecting services are now available to all essential workers under Governor Ron DeSantis’s executive orders regarding COVID-19, to include but not limited to, medical personnel, law-enforcement officers, taxis, ride-sharing drivers and food-delivery services.

All customers, regardless of their membership status at Woodie’s, will need to declare themselves essential before disinfection may occur. The sanitization service can be done on its own or combined with a traditional car cleaning; however, traditional car cleanings must include sanitization. The first sanitization will be free for Woodie’s members.

Following the essential employee verification, each vehicle will proceed through the wash tunnel, where disinfectant is applied to its exterior. It then goes to a separate station for disinfection of its interior. All employees cleaning will be equipped with gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment.

Woodie’s and its attorney, Rick Alvarez of Older Lundy & Alvarez in Tampa, petitioned the court for emergency relief in a formal action against Barry A. Burton, as the County Administrator for Pinellas County, and Bob Gualtieri, as the Sheriff of Pinellas County. The action was assigned to circuit court judge, Thomas H. Minkoff.

The authorization to reopen was granted on April 20 by a letter by Gualtieri after he inspected Woodies to confirm that they were taking all sanitization, social distance and other precautions.

“I am thankful to the sheriff for working through this on an expedited basis to approve our services to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said Donald Phillips, the operating manager of Woodie’s. “We are glad that Woodie’s can be serve the public welfare and get our economy working again.”

About Woodie’s Wash Shack: Headquartered in Tampa, Woodie’s Wash Shack is a leading express car wash brand inspired by the classic Woodie Car and surf culture of the 1950’s and 60’s. Woodie’s goal is to provide every customer with the best car wash experience in the business. All Woodie’s are equipped with free vacuums, on-site crew members and a membership model built with the customer and community in mind. Each location creates approximately 10 new jobs, and Woodie’s is looking to hire enthusiastic employees, who can apply at https://woodieswash.com/Careers-2/. For more information, visit www.woodieswash.com