COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE
July 22, 2020
A Message from Mayor Cathy Hoechst:
Good afternoon, this is Cathy Hoechst, Mayor of the City of Mount Dora. Last evening, at our City Council meeting, we had a lengthy discussion about the continued concerns and the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and in our community of Mount Dora.
Two weeks ago, we instituted a Resolution requiring face coverings in Mount Dora. Our approach at the time was to require face coverings however wanted to have our citizens voluntarily wear them. Last night we believe we improved the Resolution and provided further clarification for residents and visitors and businesses.
The City of Mount Dora REQUIRES, I repeat, REQUIRES face covering when in public places in Mount Dora. The Regulation is intended to seek required compliance. Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Mount Dora is required to wear a face covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while inside any public places open to the general public.
Citizens and visitors must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart while in public places. Please refer to Resolution 2020-130 posted on the City website for details as to when face coverings are not required.
The Council discussed penalties for not wearing face coverings, however at this time the Council felt we wanted to allow citizens and visitors to continue working towards the wearing of face coverings as per the CDC recommendations.
We all agree that during the past two weeks there has been a noticeable change and improvement and people are wearing face coverings. Also a number of businesses now require face coverings like Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and Lowe’s and in addition to all the other businesses we have.
In summary, please continue to wash or sanitize your hands frequently, always social distance when in public places as space allows and always wear a face covering.
We are all in this together.
June 4, 2020
Lake County has changed the days of the Citizen’s Information Line to Monday through Friday only.
July 27, 2020
Tavares – The following COVID-19 testing options are available for Lake County residents for the week of July 27.
1. Adult Medicine of Lake County
Testing is $20 each for COVID-19 swab tests, antibody and rapid tests for residents and non-residents. No symptoms are required, and no appointment necessary.
- Lake Square Mall – COVID-19, antibody and rapid test
10401-015 US Highway 441 South, Leesburg
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only
Nasal swab and rapid tests will be done on all test days, antibodies (blood test) will be done on Thursdays only.
The turnaround time for the rapid test is approximately 30 minutes.
2. Florida Department of Health in Lake County:
The testing sites open at 9 a.m. and continue on a first-come, first served basis for residents and non-residents, while test kits are available. Testing is free, no criteria is required and children may also be tested. Due to the demand for testing, it is recommended that residents call the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (352) 742-4830, prior to arriving at either location. The hotline is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- South Lake High School
15600 Silver Eagle Rd, Groveland
- Lake Sumter State College
9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg
3. State Pop-up Testing Site
The state supported walk-up site is offering free COVID-19 testing to individuals 18 and older. No symptoms are required, no appointment necessary.
- Publix Super Market at Tavares Crossroads (parking lot)
2042 State Road 19, Tavares
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Home Depot (parking lot)
10825 U.S. Hwy 441, Leesburg
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
4. Private Health Care Providers
Private care providers may also offer testing.
Please note that this information is subject to change and site closures may occur due to inclement weather or other unforeseen events. Please visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19 for the latest testing information or visit Lake County's online testing site locator tool which allows users to find the nearest COVID-19 testing sites in Lake County. To sign up for emergency mobile notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
July 10, 2020
Lake County mask distribution efforts to continue Saturday
Tavares – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ partnership with the Florida Department of Health to provide reusable cloth face coverings to Lake County residents will continue Saturday. The effort helps to promote the Florida Department of Health Advisory for residents to wear masks in public and socially distance.
Face coverings are available to Lake County residents only (limit 1 per person) and will be available at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11:
-Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road, Astor
-East Lake County Library, 31340 S. County Road 437, Sorrento
-Cagan Crossing Public Library, 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont
-Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St., Groveland
-Paisley County Library, 24954 County Road 42, Paisley
Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 resource page for more information about proper mask use and care.
To sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19 and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
City of Mount Dora Implements Face Covering Requirement
Mount Dora, Fla. (July 8, 2020) – The Mount Dora City Council approved Resolution 2020-128 requiring face masks in all public places within the city limits starting July 10, 2020.
The Resolution was passed during the July 7 City Council Meeting after a lengthy discussion between Councilmembers. The Council vote requires face coverings to be worn in public areas as suggested by the CDC for the protection of the citizens and population of Mount Dora. Section D of the Resolution states “Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Mount Dora is required to wear a Face Covering, consistent with the current CDC Guidelines while inside any public place.”
Councilmembers agreed the requirement is a measure to seek voluntary compliance inside public places. The Resolution also calls for proper social distancing of at least six feet in outdoor spaces and public places.
“We are a community that tries to work together with all our citizens to solve issues and this is an excellent step forward to address face cover wearing in Mount Dora. We will continue our observations of compliance and will address again at a future council meeting if needed,” said Mayor Cathy Hoechst. “There will always be individuals who choose to not wear face coverings and there will be those who will wear them all the time. My hope is that this resolution helps those who are unsure to voluntary wear a face covering and that we all use common sense, good judgment and err on the side of caution. Please wear your face mask and social distance while in Mount Dora.”
The Resolution is effective starting Friday, July 10, 2020 and will continue through the local state of emergency as laid out by the City in Resolution 2020-52. Both Resolutions are attached. Resolution 2020-128 is posted to the City website and social media pages.
July 2, 2020
Dear Lake County Business Owner:
Our goal is to keep Lake County “Open for Business” and to assist our businesses through this difficult time while keeping our residents safe. As I’m sure you are aware, there has been a record amount of COVID-19 testing in Lake County and Florida and as we expected, many more cases are being reported. Fortunately, the rate of fatalities in Florida has been going down despite the increase in positive cases being reported. The group with the highest rate of positivity right now is the 25-34 year old group (with the next highest group being 15-24, and third highest being 45-54). Many people testing positive are asymptomatic. All three of our hospitals are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, but the majority of patients are in non-ICU beds and the recovery rate is similar to a typical hospital stay (5-7 days).
I have been asked by Health Department officials and leaders of Hospital systems in Lake County and Central Florida to promote mask wearing inside of offices, businesses and retail establishments. One of the areas where we are seeing spread occur is within office settings due to time spent in “break rooms” or while employees have their guard down and they are socializing or taking a break from wearing their mask. Thus, I wanted to write today to ask for your help as we seek to promote the voluntary use of masks. I want to emphasize that I do not support a “mask law” or mask requirement because I believe there are legitimate reasons for people to not wear a mask (or to remove a mask), including one of the key reasons noted by the Health Department, which is trouble breathing. There are also differences of opinion, health considerations, circumstances, and religious, philosophical or scientific reasons why people may choose not to wear a mask. That being said, our goal is to achieve as much voluntary compliance as possible while people are indoors in close contact. This also helps people feel more comfortable engaging in business, shopping, and living their lives as we navigate this pandemic and seek to resume normalcy.
For your information, this is the Advisory issued by Florida Department of Health regarding masks:
July 1, 2020
Letter from Lake County Commission Chair Person Leslie Campione:
As you are aware the Florida Department of Health has issued the following health advisory:
“Wear a cloth face cover in public.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and out in public, such as the grocery store.
Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Don’t place a cloth face cover on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Why? You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.”
Our Lake County website (www.lakecountyfl.gov) directs readers to the CDC guidelines and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) website (links are provided so they can be accessed with one touch or click). Through a local non-profit initiative (LASER), thousands of cloth masks have been made and distributed throughout Lake County. In addition, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners is in the process of providing free masks to residents to promote voluntary mask wearing when residents are shopping or interacting with others indoors.
The FDOH website ( http://www.floridahealth.gov) includes extensive information including advice on how to avoid spreading the virus and being exposed to the virus. It warns that there is no vaccine at this time; and that age and underlying health conditions make some people more likely to become seriously ill if exposed; and that the virus spreads from person to person through particles from our mouths and noses, and that we can become infected through our eyes as well. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners has used multiple platforms over the last several months to get this message out to the public.
With regard to mask wearing, we recognize that some people choose not to wear a mask in public places for various reasons, including anxiety and difficulty breathing. In some cases, people cannot afford to buy masks (considering a new, clean mask should be worn each time) or perhaps they forgot to bring one with them or they ran out of clean ones. Perhaps they were on the way home after a long day at work and needed to pick up some groceries but did not have a mask with them. Maybe they choose not to wear a mask for religious, philosophical, political or scientific reasons as noted below.
It is very important to note that the CDC and DOH acknowledge the types of masks being worn in public may help you from transmitting the virus to others to some degree but it does not prevent you from contracting the virus, although it may provide some limited protection depending on the size of the particles you’re exposed to.
Here are just a few examples of differing opinions. Some experts say cloth masks are not effective for preventing transmission unless a filter is placed inside of them. Interestingly, the CDC and DOH do not recommend that lay people wear an N-95 mask which is intended to filter particles and prevent you from contracting the virus. Some doctors and scientists say that a mask could actually create other health problems depending on a person’s circumstances (e.g. less oxygen intake, greater germ exposure inside the mask) or a person could actually subject themselves to more hand to face contact and potentially transmit Covid-19 from their own hands to their face.
Thus, when it is argued that mandating mask wearing in public could be an infringement of someone’s personal liberties including the right to make their own decisions about their health under our constitution, all of these factors come into play. It is not as simple as saying there is a compelling public interest that makes it acceptable for the government to force someone to do something they choose not to do. However, if we are able to provide information and make masks accessible, I believe we will have greater success than mandating something that may create conflict and resentment within our community.
Thus, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners will continue to use public service announcements, emails, our website, interviews and videos, signage, social media and coordination with our businesses to promote proper mask wearing, including providing free masks to the greatest extent possible, while acknowledging it remains someone’s choice whether or when to wear a mask. If you are agreeable, we may enlist your help with regard to the distribution of masks in order to encourage voluntary mask wearing.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to call or send me an email. Many thanks for your assistance in this regard.
Thank you and God Bless You,
Leslie Campione, Chairman
Lake County Board of County Commissioners
June 26, 2020
Effective today, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has suspended on-site alcohol consumption at all bars in the State of Florida.
June 26, 2020
Two of our employees at the Lincoln Park Pool have tested positive for COVID-19. The Pool is closed and will not reopen until the public safety risk has been eliminated and staffing ratios can return to normal. If you have been in contact with any staff members from the pool, please self-quarantine and self-monitor. If you have any questions, please contact Leisure Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very sorry for this inconvenience.
The City has made notifications to citizens who have been in contact with these individuals.
June 3, 2020
Starting Friday, this executive Order allows Restaurants that serve alcohol and bars to open at 50% capacity. This also allows groups of 50 people or less to gather.
Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50%. with social distancing and proper sanitation.
Personal Services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage may operate with appropriate safety guidelines.
Governor’s Presentation about Phase 2 Recovery (PDF) - Posted June 3, 2020
Lake County to enter Phase 2 of Reopen Plan
Following the State of Florida
Update: June 5, 2020 - Tavares – As a result of the COVID-19 order that Gov. DeSantis signed on June 3 allowing entertainment venues, bars and other businesses to re-open with restricted capacity, Lake County will enter Phase 2 of its Reopen Plan on Friday, June 5.
To view the specifics of Phase 2, visit www.ReopenLake.com, which outlines a detailed public health plan to guide residents, businesses and stakeholders through the recovery process established by Gov. DeSantis. Reopen Lake is Lake County’s plan for restoring economic stability with special consideration to public health on the path to social normalcy and pandemic resilience.
To aid Lake County businesses with economic recovery, the Board of County Commissioners in May requested that the State of Florida provide Lake County with some of the federal funding that the State received.
“As one of the Florida counties deemed ineligible to receive a direct allocation of the CARES Act funding provided to the State of Florida because we did not meet the population threshold, Lake County is seeking immediate action to fairly distribute the remainder of that funding to assist all counties in providing aid to our residents and businesses,” Lake County Commission Chairman Leslie Campione wrote in a letter to Gov. DeSantis on behalf of the Board.
The main guidelines for Phase 2 involve the following:
- All persons in Florida are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA.
- Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.
- Individuals should avoid travel to areas with substantial community spread and cruises, unless the traveling for commercial activity or for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. This includes travel to U.S. states and cities outside of Florida with substantial community spread of COVID-19. Individuals coming to Florida from an area with substantial community spread, such as the New York Tri-State Area, should adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation for 14 days upon arrival in Florida.
- Continue to encourage telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations.
- Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce moderate social distancing protocols.
- Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population.
- All persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
- Retail businesses may operate at full capacity.
- Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at fifty (50) percent of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, as under Executive Order 20-139. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This section does not apply to nightclubs. Non-conflicting provisions in Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2 remain in effect.
- Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at fifty (50) percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
- Pari-mutuel facilities may seek to operate with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator to the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the approval of the DBPR Secretary.
- Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.
To sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19 and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Information from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation:
INFORMATION FOR BARBERSHOPS, COSMETOLOGY SALONS, AND COSMETOLOGY SPECIALTY SALONS PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-120 OF GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS AS ISSUED MAY 9, 2020
Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons:
- All customers will be by appointment only.
- Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices. No group appointments are permitted.
- Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services. Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance:
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
- Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
- Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.
Governor Ron DeSantis laid out the first phase of re-opening Florida which includes the following information:
1. Schools will continue distance learning
2. Nursing homes and elder care facilities will continue to prohibit visitors
3. Hospitals may resume elective surgeries
4. Restaurants may resume outdoor seating, as well as indoor seating at 25% capacity, with social distancing (6 feet+) between tables
5. Retail may open at 25% capacity
6. No change for bars, movie theaters, gyms/fitness studios, hair salons and other personal services
7. Maintain social distancing guidelines otherwise, such as those for vulnerable populations, prohibiting groups larger than 10, and encouraging the use of face masks for any face-to-face interaction in public
In order to determine when Florida can move to phase two, the state will be watching overall health benchmarks, hospital capacity, and testing. The Governor emphasized that as long as capacity remains high and cases are not spiking, we should be able to move forward with phase two. It does not have to be “months” before moving to phase two, indicating it could be within a few weeks.
PRINTABLE UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
There are forms available in the Lobby of City Hall and at the W.T. Bland Public Library (outside)
We realize there are long waits, sometimes days, to get through for Unemployment Benefits. We also understand there are issues with the online process. We wanted to provide you a way to print out and fill out the applications by hand.
Due to the staggering number of new unemployment claims submitted to CONNECT, Florida’s website for processing online applications, many applicants experienced errors and glitches that prevented them from filing successfully.
To address this problem, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has launched a new unemployment website that streamlines the application process. It also provides a much better experience for mobile users applying on their smartphone or tablet.
Early reviews of the new website indicate that users are not experiencing the same errors and glitches affecting the CONNECT website.
If you have any issues during the online application process, review the DEO’s list of frequently asked questions. The state has updated the list with questions about applying for benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.
CareerSource Central Florida - COVID-19 Job Source Help
Receive State Text Updates on Coronavirus:
TEXT: FLCOVID19 TO 888 777
City Press Releases
City Hall and Annex Hours (PDF) - May 21
Summer Camp Latest Information (PDF) - May 20
Independence Day Cancellations (PDF) - May 20
Boat Ramp Enforcement (PDF) - April 8
Parks and Restrooms (PDF) - April 3
What Not to Flush (PDF) - April 2
Electric Rates Reduction (PDF) - April 1
Library Closure (PDF) - March 18
Youth Programs (PDF) - March 18 Update
Event Cancellations and Postponements (PDF) - March 13
Mount Dora COVID-19 (PDF) - March 12
LAKE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDERS
Lake County Message to Residents (PDF) - April 20, 2020
- Resolution 2020-31: Extended Emergency Declaration of Local Emergency
- Resolution 2020-32: Emergency Order regarding the protection of persons over the age of 65, or with serious underlying conditions and adherence to the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Resolution 2020-33: Emergency order requiring social distancing and adherence to the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19
LAKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CITIZEN’S INFORMATION LINE:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Monday - Sunday
May 22, 2020 - Proclamation from President Donald J. Trump:
Our Nation mourns for every life lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and we share in the suffering of all those who endured pain and illness from the outbreak. Through our grief, America stands steadfast and united against the invisible enemy. May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 24, 2020. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Updated June 19, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order in regards to grant money for Primary and General Elections
Extension of Executive Order 20-94 protection from mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief until June 2.
Extension of Emergency Declaration 20-52
Phase 1 Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Paycheck protection Executive Order
Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
Remployment Assistance Program
Stay-At-Home Orders for the State of Florida
Vacation Rental Closures
Additional orders for those traveling to the State of Florida
March 25, 2020 - Executive Order urging anyone 65 and older and people with underlying medical conditions to stay inside and issuing a public health advisory for groups of 10 or more gathering.
March 24, 2020 - Executive Order in regards to anyone visiting from the New York Tri-State area must self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 20, 2020 - Executive Order in regards to Bars, Restaurants and Gyms. Florida Business Suspensions (PDF)
March 20, 2020 Executive Order in regards to Local Government Meetings.
March 17, 2020 Executive Order in regards to bars, pubs and nightclubs.
April 14, 2020 - Driver License Extensions Issued
David W. Jordan announced today, under the authority Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 20-52 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and declaration of state of emergency, the extension and waiving of delinquency fees of certain licenses. Emergency Order 041320 from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles grants authority to the tax collector to extend certain driver license expirations and waive delinquency fees. These adjustments are as follows:
• The effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020 is extended by 60 days.
• The effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after April 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020 is extended by 30 days.
• The effective period of commercial driver licenses and commercial driver instructional permits with expiration on or after March 16, 2020 is extended until June 30, 2020.
• Waive through June 30, 2020, the requirements under section 322.59, Florida Statutes, that a person who holds a commercial driver license have a medical examination and certification, provided the commercial driver has proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
• Delinquency fees for the licenses specified are to be waived.
Our Customer Information Center is equipped to answer questions regarding driver license renewals over the phone at 352-343-9602. Customers can also go online at www.laketax.com.
March 26, 2020 - The Office of the Lake County Tax Collector has issued a news release stating that the deadline for Property Taxes is extended from March 31 to April 15. For more information please head to the Lake County Tax Collector Website
March 26, 2020 - The Florida Department of Emergency Management is urging people to shop responsibly when it comes to grocery shopping. Please allow time for grocery stores to restock. Only buy what your family needs and no more than a two week supply.
LAKE COUNTY PARATRANSIT
Tavares – The Lake County Office of Transit Services will temporarily suspend non-essential trips for Lake County Connection, the County’s paratransit service, beginning March 23. Transit Services will provide Transportation Disadvantaged door-to-door trips to medical locations, shopping for nutritional items, and to work or training locations. Recreational and other non-life sustaining trips will not be provided.
The Lake County Office of Transit Services is committed to ensuring that residents continue to receive public transportation, and modifications are being implemented to minimize the local impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Vehicle interiors are being cleaned and disinfected nightly with deep cleaning and sanitization on weekends.
For more information on Lake County Transit Services, visit https://ridelakexpress.com/. For the latest County information regarding COVID-19 including available resources for businesses, visit https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19.
Beginning on Monday March 23, 2020, our Records Section will be closed until further notice. For public record requests, to include, copies of reports, please email the Administrative Services Manager, Brian Cash at email@example.com
- Fingerprinting services will be suspended until further notice
If you call for police services, please be prepared to answer standard health questions regarding any symptoms of COVID-19. This is for the safety of our officers and will allow our officers to wear protective equipment prior to making contact.
We request that if you need non-emergency police services, you meet our officers outside upon their arrival.
This notification is strictly for the safety of our employees and our citizens and will in no way effect the high quality of service you have come to know from our police department. We appreciate your cooperation and recommend everyone follow the mandates distributed by our public officials.
- Chief Robert Bell
CITY HALL OFFICES
March 20, 2020
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, City Hall will remain open, but administrative offices will be working on minimal staffing to keep our employees safe. Employees will be utilizing plans and working from home.
Public Works staff will continue with daily maintenance duties.
Electric Crews will continue with daily maintenance duties.
All Parks will remain open to the public and facilities will be cleaned and maintained by Parks and Recreation staff.
FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS - UPDATED INFORMATION APRIL 10, 2020
Free meal distribution changing to 2 days per week, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
No school Friday, April 10; students will receive extra food on Thursday, April 9
TAVARES -- Starting next week, free breakfasts and lunches for students will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
Students will receive four meals on Tuesdays -- 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, they will receive 6 meals -- 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.
The change, effective the week of April 13, lessens the amount of time employees are away from home while the state is under a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It also aims to make pickups easier for parents, some of whom have complained that daily pickups are disruptive to their new work-at-home and distance learning routines.
Additionally, because Friday, April 10, is a pre-scheduled day off for students, no meals will be distributed that day. Instead, students will receive Friday’s meals and next Monday’s meals on Thursday, April 9.
Food will continue to be distributed drive-through style or handed out to students who walk or ride bikes. It must be taken off-site to be eaten.
LAKE COUNTY BUSINESS HELP INFORMATION
Tavares – The Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity wants to make local businesses aware of the resources available to help mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. 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 appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at https://www.floridadisaster.biz.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has activated the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program for small businesses affected by the virus. Funding of up to $2 million is available for those who qualify. Businesses can view application criteria and apply online at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
Small businesses can also apply for the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or the longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loan. This loan program provides short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 per eligible small business. Visit https://www.floridadisasterloan.org for additional information.
For assistance with both the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, area businesses should contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF in Lake County at (352) 404-7338 for the Groveland Office or (352) 602-4575 for the Mount Dora Office.
Follow the Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ElevateLakeFL for the latest updates. For the latest county information regarding COVID-19 and including available resources for businesses, visit https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19.
Resolution 2020-51, State of Local Emergency Stemming from the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was passed by the City Council on Tuesday, March 17th authorizing the Mayor, City Manager and City Attorney to work collectively to waive formalities to act quickly to ensure the City can continuously provide day-to-day operations with as little disruption as possible.
Based on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and federal, state and local agencies, Waste Management is taking necessary steps in response to social distancing recommendations, potential mitigation activity, and declared local states of emergency. Effective March 18, 2020, Waste Management is temporarily closing residential call centers to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Electronic customer communications are still available through email firstname.lastname@example.org and live chat at wm.com. WM is actively coordinating remote operations to serve our customers during this situation with the goal of resuming residential call handing as soon as possible.
At this time, there is no impact to your scheduled residential collection service. For the most up-to-date service information, please visit wm.com/alerts.
The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. As circumstances change that may impact our ability to provide services as scheduled, we will provide updates to our customers and communities. The City of Mount Dora Public Works staff can still assist customers with requests. Residents should call 352-735-7151.
Mount Dora, Fla. (March 18, 2020) – The W.T. Bland Public Library will close Wednesday evening.
Out of an abundance of caution to our patrons, the W.T. Bland Public Library will be closing its doors starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8 p.m. It will remain closed until further notice.
The Library had suspended events and programs to help with ‘social distancing’ for the public, and in consistency with Lake County closing other branches, the library in Mount Dora will do the same. Late fines will be waived for all Lake County Library System materials during this time.
March 17, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order regarding Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs. The City of Mount Dora has no plans of expanding on this mandate. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions in the Executive Order.
Please see the link below for Executive Order 20-68 issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, March 17. 2020 regarding Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs:
CAMPS AND RECREATION
Mount Dora, Fla. (March 18, 2020) – Out of abundance of caution, the City of Mount Dora is cancelling its Spring Break Camp and Before and After Care programs while school is out. The decision comes as a result of new direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Florida Department of Education announced school facilities are to be closed and extracurricular activities suspended until April 15. The City’s Spring Break Camp and Before and After Care programs operate out of the facility at Round Lake Charter School, and therefore will be cancelled as the school remains closed.
Families whose children were registered for these programs will receive a credit to their online registration account. The City will continue to keep families informed as updates become available.
Spring Break Camp was scheduled to take place the week of March 16-20. Before and After Care was scheduled to take place the week of March 23-27. Recreation programs in basketball and soccer and Library story times have also been postponed through March.
The City urges parents to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov) and to follow their guidelines for staying healthy and limiting social interactions. Residents may also check the Florida Department of Health website (floridahealth.gov) or call the Department at 866-779-6121 for guidance specific to the state.
The health and wellness of children and families is a priority for the City. The City thanks the citizens for their patience during this time.
For more information, parents may contact Youth and Family Supervisor Megan Mathews at 352-630-9051 or email@example.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Lisa McDonald at 352-459-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Dora, Fla. (March 13, 2020) – This is a comprehensive overview of events and meetings postponed or cancelled in the City of Mount Dora.
The City wants to assure visitors and residents the specialty shops, restaurants and other professional services are open for business. Check the business websites or call to find out their hours of operation.
City events have either been postponed or cancelled until April 3rd. These include smaller events in the parks and/or alleyways and city streets, up to the larger festivals that shut down roads. Other organized events that occur at places like the Simpson Farmhouse and Martin Luther King building are postponed until April. Events at the W.T. Bland Public Library are cancelled, but it will remain open for book circulation. Again, businesses and restaurants throughout the city remain open.
At this time the City will not be renting any facilities for new events or parties through the month of March.
The following recreation programs have been postponed through March:
- Babe Ruth has been advised to postpone through the month
All City Advisory Boards and Committee meetings are cancelled for the next two weeks. Those board members have been advised of the cancellations.
City officials strongly discourage the public from attending the City Council Regular Agenda meeting to be held on March 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19, social distancing is encouraged. The meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook beginning at 5:30 p.m. Should anyone from the public wish to submit questions or statements to the city, they can email Public Information Officer Lisa McDonald at email@example.com and those comments and questions will be read and entered into the record.
We wish to thank our citizens for their patience during this time and encourage everyone to continue to visit the CDC website (cdc.gov) or contact the Florida Department of Health http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or 866-779-6121.
Mount Dora, Fla. (March 12, 2020) - Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Mount Dora is temporarily suspending events in the city. The suspension affects the following: Downtown areas, including all city parks, Sunset Park downtown, alleyways and other city facilities and the W.T. Bland Public Library.
The health and wellness of our residents and visitors is a priority for the city and following the guidelines set forth by the CDC for social distancing, the city believed the best practice would be to postpone events until a later date and time.
Taste In Mount Dora, along with the Mount Dora 110 celebration, which were scheduled for this coming weekend, have been postponed until a later date, which will be announced.
Spring Festival, which was a festival scheduled for the weekend of March 21-22, has been postponed until a later date as well. For more information about the festival, please contact Visit Mount Dora.
All programming at the W.T. Bland Public Library for March has been cancelled, including the AARP Tax Aide program, which will be rescheduled for a later date. The library will be open for book circulation.
“The City of Mount Dora will support and follow the recommendations of Lake County and our Governor as we navigate the challenges created by the Coronavirus,” said Mayor Cathy Hoechst. “We want our residents and visitors to feel safe when in Mount Dora, so at this time, we believe it to be prudent to postpone any gatherings that bring people together on our streets and parks.”
The city parks will remain open for the public to use, but all events scheduled at the parks are postponed.
The city urges residents and visitors to follow the CDC guidelines for staying healthy and limit social interactions, especially for those most vulnerable to the virus. Citizens are urged to monitor the CDC at cdc.gov or contact the Florida Department of Health at http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or 866-779-6121.
Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health is responding to COVID-19. The Department is issuing regular updates as information becomes available.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a public health emergency designating the Florida Department of Health as the lead state agency to coordinate an emergency response to coronavirus.
International Travel Advisory:
Florida Health officials said anyone who has a fever, shortness of breath and other symptoms of a respiratory illness within 14 days of traveling to some of the most affected areas that include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan should inform their doctor and local health department. (Lake County Health Department for Lake County residents). The same advisory applies to people who have been in close contact with anyone who recently traveled to severely impacted countries who show symptoms.
The City of Mount Dora is continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical care. Contact your health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
The Florida Department of Health’s Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1 (866) 779-6121 or by emailing COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
The CDC reminds everyone to practice proper hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of this and other respiratory illnesses like the flu. We encourage community members to:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning sprays or wipes.
The City of Mount Dora Maintenance Staff is taking extra precautions when it comes to cleaning our facilities. This applies to all city parks, buildings and facilities.