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April 30 COVID-19 Update And New Social Distance For Reopening Order

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 30, 2020)- Seminole County Office of Emergency Management has been under a Local State of Emergency (LSE) since March 2, 2020, and continues to monitor COVID-19. There are currently 378 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 370 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been eight COVID-19 deaths in the County. The County’s confirmed cases range from age one to 100. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

NEW: SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR REOPENING ORDER (Read full order here and an overview here)

Seminole County’s Social Distancing for Reopening Order takes effect Monday, May 4.

Seminole County's Social Distancing for Reopening Order will allow businesses and places of assembly to remain open pending the following conditions:

  1. All employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart;
  2. For businesses which require employee and patrons to be within six (6) feet, both employee and patron must wear a face mask/covering; unless the customer wearing the mask would impede the service, in which case the service provider would need to wear a face mask/covering;
  3. Group meeting and/or training sizes must be limited to allow appropriate social distancing;
  4. Limit occupancy to 25% of the maximum allowable capacity under the fire code for retail and restaurant establishments and 50% for all other businesses, places of assembly, and non-residential, non-medical, and non-lodging uses; and
  5. Checkout points and staging areas, including store fronts, must be monitored for social distancing requirements by means of marking floors or similar actions to maintain six (6) feet distance between clients.

This Order does not apply to first responders, healthcare/medical workers, veterinarian staff, shelter/rehab staff, utility providers, childcare providers, transit and construction.

Groups of people greater than ten (10) persons are not permitted to congregate in any public space that does not readily allow for appropriate social distancing.

The Social Distancing for Reopening Order will apply in addition to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 for Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris is available for interviews this afternoon between 3:00-4:00p.m. regarding the Social Distancing Order for Reopening.

ALTAMONTE MALL DRIVE THRU TEST SITE EXTENDED TO MAY 9

Allied Health, a non-profit provider, in partnership with Seminole County and the City of Altamonte Springs, is offering a Drive Thru Test Site at Altamonte Mall Monday through Saturday, now until May 9, with up to 250 tests per day.

Patients must make a reservation in order to be tested. Testing “fast passes” are offered for patients making reservations, allowing the patient to arrive anytime during their “fast past” hour window. Additional reservations have been made available.

Find details at PrepareSeminole.org.

POP-UP COMMUNITY TEST SITES RESUME MONDAY
True Health, Florida Department of Health-Seminole and Seminole County Office of Emergency Management continue to offer Pop Up Community Test Sites, which are intended to serve those without transportation or accessibility to other sites or clinics. No cost testing is available in select Seminole County neighborhoods in partnership with True Health and Florida Department of Health-Seminole.

Testing will occur from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on:

  • Monday, May 4- Palm Valley Community Center, 500 East Palm Valley Drive, Oviedo
  • Tuesday, May 5- Harvest Time International, 225 Harvest Time Drive, Sanford
  • Wednesday, May 6- Lincoln Heights, Journeys Academy, 1722 West Airport Boulevard, Sanford

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available daily from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. by phone to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 at 407-665-0000. Spanish-speaking operators are on standby to assist.

Visit PrepareSeminole.org for information related to COVID-19 in Seminole County.

Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive updates from Seminole County Office of Emergency Management. Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).

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