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Seminole County FL - MAY 4 COVID 19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 4, 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. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2:00PM TODAY
May is Mental Health Month; today’s 2:00p.m. press conference will focus on COVID-19 as well as community resources related to mental health :

  • Jay Zembower, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners Chairman
  • Dennis Lemma, Seminole County Sheriff
  • Eric Welch, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Orlando President
  • Nancy Jimenez, Hispanic Family Counseling Clinical Director

FOR MEDIA USE ONLY: Press conferences will be held at the Public Safety Building, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford. A press feed will be provided to limit number of individuals in the room. Reporters who are not present can text questions to Ashley Moore at 407-509-5862 (please include reporter name/affiliation, who the question is directed to and exact questions).

CHAIRMAN’S LETTER TO GOVERNOR
Seminole County Chairman Jay Zembower sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday, May 1, encouraging revisions to the current State Executive Orders to include provision of personal services, particularly at hair and nail salons.

Seminole County’s Social Distancing for Reopening Order takes effect today, May 4 and allows businesses and places of assembly to remain open pending the following conditions. These would also be applicable to salons when the Governor allows cosmetology services:

  • All employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart;
  • 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;
  • Group meeting and/or training sizes must be limited to allow appropriate social distancing;
  • 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
  • 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 applies in addition to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 for Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.

LIBRARIES AND PLAYGROUNDS REMAIN CLOSED
Seminole County Library buildings and Seminole County playgrounds remain closed. At the end of this week, County leaders and health experts will reassess a projected reopening date for these facilities.

Parks and trails remain open and Library services can be accessed online. Visit SeminoleCountyFL.gov for details.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.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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