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Seminole County FL - MAY 1 COVID 19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 1, 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 386 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 378 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been eight COVID-19 deaths in the County. The County’s confirmed cases range from age six months to 100 years. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

DOES SEMINOLE COUNTY REUQIRE THE USE OF MASKS?
Seminole County recommends, but does not require, the use of masks or face coverings for individuals when they are in public or in congregations.

Beginning Monday, May 4, mask or face covering use will be required for businesses only when it is necessary for employees and patrons to be within six feet distance of each other. Examples include car salesmen taking a customer on a test drive, or food preparers and line cooks in close proximity in the kitchen of a restaurant.

If service would be impeded by the customer’s use of a mask or face covering, then only the service provider would be required to use a mask. For instance, a patron at a restaurant does not have to wear a mask, however, their server would be required to wear a mask. Once the Governor lifts the ban on provision of personal services such as beard trims and spa facials, the service provider would be required to wear a mask.

CAN SEMINOLE COUNTY OPEN A BUSINESS THAT THE STATE HAS CLOSED?
No; the Governor’s Executive Orders are applicable statewide and the County may not override any direction mandated by the Governor.

DID SEMINOLE COUNTY CLOSE BUSINESSES?
Seminole County’s Executive Orders did not close businesses at any point. Seminole County allowed the continuation of businesses that allowed six feet distance between individuals.

However, the State’s Executive Orders superseded County Orders, which closed businesses such as bars, nightclubs, gyms, and other non-essential businesses.

SEMINOLE COUNTY’S SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR REOPENING ORDER
Seminole County’s Social Distancing for Reopening Order takes effect Monday, May 4 and allows 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 mask or face covering; unless the customer wearing the mask or face covering 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, queues 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.

FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT
Join Seminole County Emergency Management for a Live Chat related to COVID-19 today, Friday, May 1, from 12:00-12:30pm at Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty.

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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