COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE
LAKE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDERS
- 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:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Monday - Sunday
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
March 18, 2020
The district has expanded the list of sites where free meals will be offered to students during the extended statewide school closures, now expected to last until at least April 15.
Initially, meals were to be distributed at five locations next week in response to school closures that are part of a worldwide effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Now, meals will be distributed at all traditional Lake County public school campuses, with the exception of Lake Hills School, and at Minneola and Mascotte charter schools. Addresses for the schools can be found on the district’s web site: www.lake.k12.fl.us
Students should go to the school nearest their home address to get their meals.
Meals will be distributed Monday through Friday, starting March 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the car loop of each school site. Students will be given a free lunch along wiht a free breakfast for the next day.
Staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicle (drive-through service) upon arrival. In addition, staff will hand-out meals to any walkers and/or bike riders who may lack motor-vehicle transportation.
Students must be present to receive the meals. Students are not required to have parents with them when they come, but parents are not allowed to pick up meals without a student accompanying them.
Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, we are asking that all meals be taken home 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Media inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Lisa McDonald at 352-459-3065 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 COVIDemail@example.com
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.