Latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As of April 6, 2020
City of Daytona Beach
The City of Daytona Beach continues to closely monitor this situation. We will continue to update our website and social media pages with updates regarding impacts to the Daytona Beach community as this situation evolves.
As of April 1, 2020
Florida Governor issues "Safer At Home" Executive Order
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Wednesday, April 1, that calls for residents to be “Safer At Home” by doing the following:
- Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
According to the Governor’s order, this is a basic list of all essential businesses allowed to remain open and must institute social distancing practices. Florida Division of Emergency Management also has a website - www.floridadisaster.org – where people can ask about whether or not their business/job function is considered essential under the Governor’s “Safer At Home” Executive Order through an online inquiry form.
Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Governor’s Executive Order.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3, and expires in 30 days.
As of March 25, 2020
Daytona Beach CARE (COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort) Program
At the Tuesday, March 24, City Commission meeting, commissioners approved a multi-pronged incentive package aimed to provide immediate financial relief to Daytona Beach residents and business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The projected value of the program, which offers three different incentives, is about $5.65 million.
The first method of financial assistance will be to fund a significant portion of utility bills next month using $4 million of General Fund reserves. Utility bills in April will be automatically adjusted or credited for the 22,858 billing accounts within the city of Daytona Beach. Specifically, a credit will be shown for the amount of water, sewer, recycling and public service tax. Not included in the credit will be fees associated with stormwater, solid waste and the landfill.
The next incentive will be to suspend fees for building permits for the next 90 days, beginning on March 25. (This does not include impact fee payments and doesn’t waive the need to apply for a permit.) All residential and commercial permits for projects will be included for anything from fences, roofs and swimming pools to construction of new homes and commercial buildings.
Waiving commercial tenants’ rent at city-owned facilities such as Joe’s Crab Shack at the Daytona Beach Pier, Jackie Robinson Ballpark, the Golf Club’s restaurant, tenants at the Marina Plaza, etc. for up to 90 days is the final incentive. City Manager Jim Chisholm will review options with each lessee.
The commissioners also voted and agreed (6 to 1) to draft a resolution to be sent to the Volusia County Council urging them to immediately closed the beaches in order to mitigate against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to further protect the health and safety of the citizens of the City of Daytona Beach and Volusia County.
As of March 24, 2020
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, City Hall is closed until further notice. Please be assured that critical and essential city services will continue. Residents with non-essential city business are encouraged to utilize remote options for contacting and communicating with city staff. For questions, please leave a message on (386) 671-8400 and your call will be returned.
Florida Department of Health information
The Florida Department of Health has a dedicated web page that lists the latest update on cases, information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
FDOH has also created a COVID-19 dashboard which maps cases by county. To view, go to their webpage.
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDemail@example.com.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health have advised that COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has been reported in Volusia County and Florida. It is important residents take precautions and stay informed.
It is important to protect yourself from COVID-19. Residents should:
- Wash hands frequently 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 available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
- Are any City of Daytona Beach facilities closed?
- Are city services being affected by the prevention measures for COVID-19?
- Are the beaches open?
- How can I get more information about the Coronavirus?
- What can you do and not do under the Governor's "Safer At Home" Executive Order?
- What does the city emergency declaration entail?
- What is the city's CARE (COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort) Program?
- What resources are available for local businesses?
- What were the Governor's guidelines issued March 17, 2020?
- With the Florida Governor’s April 1 “Safer at Home” Executive Order, what businesses are considered essential and allowed to remain open for the next 30 days?