SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (June 5, 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 516 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 508 of which are Seminole County residents and 452 confirmed cases have been completed; there have been 12 COVID-19 deaths in the County. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.
PLAYGROUNDS, PLAYING FIELDS, CENTRAL BRANCH LIBRARY REOPENING DATES
Seminole County Leisure Services will reopen all County-operated playgrounds, playing fields, pavilions and group campsites for rental, summer camps, and the Central Branch Library later this month.
- Playgrounds will reopen on June 15, 2020.
- Sports playing fields will be open for single-team use on June 15, 2020. On June 22, 2020 competitive play, where more than one team is permitted on a field at once, will resume.
- Seminole County Natural Lands Summer Eco Camp will begin June 15, 2020. The Red Bug Lake Park Youth Tennis Camp will resume on June 22, 2020. Pre-registration is required for both camps; online registration is available at recreation.seminolecounty.gov.
- On June 15, 2020, the Central Branch Library will reopen, and all Library locations will be operational with regular business hours.
- Virtual programming and services will continue, while in-person programming, including Library story times and UF-IFAS classes, remains suspended.
Signage will be placed at these facilities encouraging safe participation.
FLORIDA PHASE 2: SEMINOLE COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDER RESCINDED
Seminole County’s Executive Order 2020-020 regarding COVID-19 that required Social Distancing has been rescinded as the State of Florida moves into Phase 2. In coordination with the State, and to be consistent with stages of re-opening, Seminole County encourages wearing facial coverings / masks, washing hands thoroughly, social distancing by keeping six (6) feet apart where applicable, and placing signage and floor markers that promote social distancing at businesses to stop the spread of viruses.
Per Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-139, the following establishments may operate with the following conditions:
- Restaurants and Bars may operate at 50% indoor capacity, seating at bars is now permitted. Nightclubs remain closed.
- Personal Services such as tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Florida Department of Health. Barbershops and cosmetology salons may continue to operate with the provisions set forth by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: 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; and masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.
- Retail Stores may now operate with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
- Gyms and fitness centers may now operate with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
- Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades and concert halls may now operate at 50% capacity with responsible social distancing between groups and sanitization protocols.
- Social Gatherings are suggested to be avoided in groups larger than 50.
Read the complete State of Florida Executive Order 20-139 at PrepareSeminole.org.
PRE-APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS CLOSES
The pre-application process for Seminole County Government’s Emergency Small Business Grant Program closes today, June 5, 2020 at noon. Small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 may apply for this one-time grant to help offset the significant revenue loss.
Over 1,100 pre-applications have been received. Eligible businesses will be notified via email with application next steps within two business days of receipt of the pre-application. The deadline for completed applications, including supporting documents, is Friday, June 19 at 12:00p.m. Applicants will be notified of grant approval status via email by Monday, July 6 and funds are estimated to be available by mid-July.
Full program details are available in English and Spanish at BusinessInSeminole.com.
ONEBLOOD TESTS FOR ANTIBODIES WITH BLOOD DONATION, SEMINOLE COUNTY LOCATIONS
Seminole County has partnered with OneBlood to offer temporary Big Red Bus blood donation sites throughout the County on June 9 and 10; all donors will receive free, FDA-approved antibody testing with a blood donation. Find the Big Red Bus at the following locations:
- Tuesday, June 9, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
- Sanlando Park, 401 West Highland Street, Altamonte Springs Boombah Soldiers Creek Park, 2400 FL-419, Longwood
- Red Bug Lake Park, 3600 Red Bug Lake Rd, Casselberry
- Sylvan Lake Park, 845 Lake Markham Rd, Sanford
- Seminole County Government – County Services Building, 1101 East 1st Street, Sanford
- Wednesday, June 10, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
- Boombah Seminole County Sports Complex, 3450 East Lake Mary Blvd, Sanford
- Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Eslinger Way, Sanford
Appointments are required to donate and should be made 24-hours in advance, visit OneBlood.org or call1-888-9-Donate to make an appointment.
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available Monday-Saturday 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.
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