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As of Aug. 5, 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 information regarding impacts to the Daytona Beach community as this situation evolves. 

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COVID-19 Testing

For locations for COVID-19 testing, visit www.volusia.org/testing

Face coverings required indoors

At a special meeting Friday, June 26, city commissioners adopted a resolution requiring people working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Daytona Beach to wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than a home or residence, when social distancing is not possible in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The face covering requirement is effective as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, June 28. 

At the July 15 commission meeting, city commissioners approved fines for people who don’t comply with the face covering requirement. The fines are $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $150 for the third and additional offenses. There are exemptions to wearing a face covering. To review the list of exemptions, visit https://bit.ly/2OtJZSE.

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As of Aug. 5, 2020

Health department offers free COVID-19 testing

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is offering free, COVID-19 testing by appointment. To make an appointment, people should call the location where they’d like to be tested between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are being scheduled through Friday, Aug. 21. Testing will be available by appointment at these locations, weather permitting:

• 1845 Holsonback Drive – Call 386-274-0500 and press #.
• 421 S. Keech Street – Call 386-871-3364

Anyone may get tested. Symptoms are not required. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent for testing. The health department will be using the (PCR) swab for testing. People tested also will be offered a plain white face covering, while supplies last.

COVID-19 testing is also available from private providers including physician offices and urgent care centers and CVS pharmacies. For more COVID-19 testing locations, visit www.volusia.org/testing.

City waives permit fees

At the July 15 City Commission meeting, commissioners approved the extension of the waiving of commercial and residential permit fees from Wednesday, June 24, through Friday, Aug. 21, as part of the city’s COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort (CARE) program. The waiving of the permit fees does not waive impact fees or the need to apply for a permit. Permits and Licensing at City Hall, which is located at 301 S. Ridgewood Ave., is open to the public and is taking walk-ins. For more information, call P&L at (386) 671-8178 for assistance.

As of July 7, 2020

Free face masks available

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County offers free face masks
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is offering free, cloth masks to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two locations in Daytona Beach:

• 421 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach
• 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach

There is no criteria to be eligible for a free, plain white face covering. For more information on how to obtain face coverings from DOH-Volusia, call 386-274-0500 and press # for coronavirus information or visit www.volusia.floridahealth.gov.

Volusia County Government provides free face masks
To help protect residents from the coronavirus, Volusia County Government is distributing face masks. Residents may stop by these locations and pick up two masks per person during regular operating hours:

• Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach
• Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
• John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach

Additionally, Votran has received 100,000 face masks, which staff has already begun distributing to riders and residents. These masks are available on buses and at Votran’s Transfer Plaza, 207 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach; and the Votran administrative office, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.

The mask giveaway is part of the Step Up Volusia program, a countywide initiative to reinforce the continuing need for residents to practice hand-washing, physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings. The face masks were provided by the State of Florida.

Saturday night concerts return to Daytona Bandshell

City commissioners gave approval Wednesday, July 1, to the Friends of the Bandshell organization to host their Saturday night concerts at the Daytona Beach Bandshell beginning Saturday, July 11. Organizers of the popular Saturday night concerts are required to operate at a reduced capacity and implement social distancing protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To review the social distancing guidelines and schedule of upcoming performances, visit https://bit.ly/3iPl2Pp.

As of June 26, 2020

City of Daytona Beach requires face coverings be worn indoors to help prevent spread of COVID-19

At a special meeting this afternoon (Friday, June 26), city commissioners adopted a resolution requiring people working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Daytona Beach to wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than a home or residence, when social distancing is not possible in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The face covering requirement is effective as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, June 28. For details, visit https://bit.ly/30h08Al.

As of June 18, 2020

Visitors to City Hall required to wear face covering

On Wednesday night (June 17), city commissioners adopted a resolution requiring visitors entering City Hall or other city facilities to wear a face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For those who arrive at City Hall or a city facility without a face covering, a face mask will be provided. Children under two and persons with a medical condition who are unable to wear a face mask are exempt.

Commissioners also added guidance for the public and visitors to the city in the resolution regarding the use of a face mask/covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It is strongly recommended during the declared local state of emergency, that all persons in the city who are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate a face covering, cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in public and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This recommendation applies whether in an indoor space (such as a store), or an outdoor public space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.

As of June 4, 2020

Emergency declaration extended; Boardwalk and Bandshell closed on weekends 

  • City commissioners have extended the local state of emergency due to COVID-19 for an additional seven days ending at midnight June 10.
  • As part of the emergency declaration, as of May 27, 2020, due to large crowds gathering on weekends at Volusia County beaches in the city’s Main Street area, an emergency measure has been implemented closing the city’s Boardwalk and the Bandshell on Saturday and Sunday (until further notice) in an effort to help prevent crowding and to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 
  • The city waives any and all late payment fees against utility customers. Customers will not have their services discontinued or disconnected while the Local State of Emergency is in effect.

As of May 29

City Hall reopens Monday, June 1

Residents wanting to apply for a building permit, license or pay their utility bills may do so in-person starting Monday, June 1 starting at 8 a.m. for the Permits & Licensing department and 9 a.m. for the Utility Bill department.

Permits & Licensing and Utility Billing, located in City Hall at 301 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Daytona Beach, are taking walk-ins, while all other departments will be available by appointment only.
Please call each department directly to schedule an appointment.

  • City Clerk: (386) 671-8023
  • City Manager: (386) 671-8010
  • Human Resources: (386) 671-8210
  • Leisure Services: (386) 671-8250
  • Planning: (386) 671-8120
  • Purchasing: (386) 671-8080
  • Redevelopment: (386) 671-8180

Customers are encouraged to continue to access city services remotely via email, phone, online and drop-box. For a list of more departments and their contact information, click on "City Online Services."

As of May 22, 2020

Almost all parks and pools reopen

As of today, the city has reopened almost all of its parks for passive outdoor recreation including the restrooms, walking trails, basketball courts and other outdoor amenities. The playgrounds at the parks remain closed. It is recommended children do not use the playground equipment because it is not being sanitized. Residents are expected to practice social distancing including remaining six feet from others and limiting groups to 10 people or less. The community centers and gyms, the splash pad and the Environmental Learning Center at Breakers Oceanfront Park, Bethune Point Park and its adjacent skate park, and Manatee Island and its dog park remain closed. For a list of the city’s parks, please visit https://bit.ly/36pyW4V.

Also, the city’s Campbell Aquatic Center, 400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and Cypress Aquatic Center, 981 George W. Engram Blvd., have reopened to the public. Visitors will have their temperature checked before being allowed into each facility and should adhere to social distancing guidelines, including being six feet apart. Cypress Aquatic Center is limited to 50 people occupancy and Campbell Aquatic Center is limited to 25 people occupancy. For more information, including hours, visit https://bit.ly/3bVzZLp.

County grants available for small businesses

Volusia County is accepting applications for a $10 million grant program aimed at helping small businesses recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying businesses may be eligible to receive a one-time reopening grant.  Businesses that have 25 employees or less may be eligible to receive $3000 or  businesses that have between 26 and 50 employees may be eligible for $5,000. The grant is to help them recover from the negative financial consequences resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and relaunch their Volusia County business. 

To qualify for the county grant program, businesses must certify that they suffered a financial impact of at least $3,000 due to COVID-19, and that the loss wasn’t reimbursed by insurance or some other governmental assistance program. Qualifying impacts can be anything from a loss of revenue due to an interruption in business to the cost of installing things like plexiglass dividers, UV sanitizing cabinets and hand sanitizing stations needed to resume normal business operations. With 12,000 small businesses in Volusia County, there’s enough money for approximately 3,300 of them to receive a county grant. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with the application posted on the county’s new Volusia Business Resources website, click on “County.”

For small businesses to qualify, they must be a physical business located in a commercial or industrial space, licensed to operate in Volusia County or the local city where they’re located if a license is required and were operational and actively conducting business in Volusia County on or before Dec. 1, 2019. Tax exempt businesses and businesses that are either a publicly traded company or a subsidiary of a publicly traded company don’t qualify for the program. A complete list of qualification criteria is listed on the county’s new Volusia Business Resources website, click on “County.”

County offers mortgage assistance

Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division is accepting applications from homeowners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Mortgage assistance may be provided to eligible households for up to three months and is capped at $1,500 a month. The program includes assistance for eligible households for payment of late, current and, if they remain eligible, future payments. Applicants must have a current mortgage statement in their name and be able to document a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19. Additionally, the dwelling must be in Volusia County, the mortgage must have been current as of March 13, and the household income must be at or below the area median income level. For more information about the assistance, visit the Community Assistance Division web page.

City offers assistance for renters

The City of Daytona Beach is expanding its COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort program, also known as CARE, by offering rental assistance to income-eligible residents. The rental assistance program is intended to provide financial relief to Daytona Beach residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to help ensure stability for low-to-moderate income residents who have been furloughed, lost employment or have had work hours reduced. Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Appointments can be made by calling Central Florida Community Development Corporation at (386) 226-1216 or Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation at (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304. Read the complete details for the assistance for renters.

As of May 6, 2020

Commissioners pass emergency resolution

At the May 5, 2020, City Commission meeting, commissioners passed a resolution that includes:

  • Extending the local state of emergency due to COVID-19 for an additional seven days ending at midnight May 12.
  • Authorizing outdoor seating at restaurantswhile following CDC guidelines and Governor DeSantis’ executive order of limiting occupancy to 25 percent of the building capacity.
    • The seating area must be located wholly or partially within a parking area.
    • A temporary physical barrier must be placed separating the outdoor seating area and pedestrian traffic.
    • No entertainment or amplified sound equipment allowed in the outdoor area.
    • The City Manager is allowed to issue licenses for outdoor seating on city sidewalks at no charge.
  • To promote social distancing, signatures for 2020 city municipal election petitions will not be required to be made in the presence of the candidate.
  • The city’s planning and redevelopment boards are authorized to conduct public meetings consistent with the Governor’s executive order.
  • The city waives any and all late payment fees against utility customers. Customers will not have their services discontinued or disconnected while the Local State of Emergency is in effect.

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

Customers encouraged to access city services online

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Coronavirus

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.