What does the city emergency declaration entail?

As of March 25, 2020
At the Tuesday, March 24, City Commission meeting, the city’s emergency declaration was extended through Wednesday, April 1, and commissioners adopted additional measures to prevent the spread of #COVID19. The additional measures include the closure of community pools, bingo halls, card rooms, community meeting facilities (excluding, however, houses of worship implementing social distancing as recommended by the CDC), and all group sporting, practice and exercise venues involving close physical contact or sharing of equipment among participants, regardless of whether such facilities are on public or private property. These additional measures were put in place to encourage social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 people together at once.
At the meeting, 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.

As of March 23, 2020
There will be an emergency special City Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at City Hall located at 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. At the meeting, the commission are expected to amend or extend the emergency order related to prevention measures the city has taken to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. To encourage social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 people together at once, special provisions will be made to accommodate the public including limited seating available in the lobby area. The meeting will be on DBTV, which can be accessed from www.codb.us, and Spectrum Channel 490.

As of March 20, 2020
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order today that orders:

  • All restaurants and food establishments suspend on-premise food consumption for customers. Restaurants may offer delivery and take-out services.
  • All gyms and fitness centers are to close. Gyms and fitness centers in hotels, a residential building, in interior fire and police stations and inside any single-occupant office building are exempt.

As of today at 5 p.m. all city-operated community centers and parks will be closed until further notice. Also all city Leisure Services programs, including baseball, t-ball, soccer and youth Spring Break program, have been suspended until further notice.

As of March 18, 2020
The City Commission convened for a special meeting Tuesday, March 17, to ratify the declaration of a Local State of Emergency and Executive Order, which was originally signed by Mayor Derrick Henry Friday, March 13. The most recent amended version incorporates provisions included in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order, which was also issued on March 17. The most recently approved declaration is in effect through March 24.

The city’s declaration does not impose any additional business-related restrictions which are stricter than the state-issue order.

 The city’s executive order includes the following:

  • All public meetings of the City Commission and Advisory Board are canceled.
  • All city-issued permits for outdoor events are revoked.
  • The issuance of all new permits for outdoor events and facility-use rentals has been suspended.
  • All of the city-hosted programs for senior citizens and the Mayor’s Literacy Initiative has been suspended.
  • All public or private community events at city parks and city-owned facilities have been canceled or postponed.
    • This includes activities at the Peabody Auditorium, Municipal Stadium, the Bandshell, Jackie Robinson Stadium, and city community centers and recreation facilities.
  • Breakers Park and Ritchey Plaza are closed to the public.
    • The Daytona Beach Pier and associated parking lots remain open.
  • Organizers of events are strongly encouraged to postpone or cancel in-person events with 10 or more people for the next eight weeks.
  • Submission of bids and Requests for Proposals can be submitted electronically.
  • City utility customers will not be discontinued or disconnected due to non-payment of fees while this declaration is in effect.

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1. Are any City of Daytona Beach facilities closed?
2. Are city services being affected by the prevention measures for COVID-19?
3. Are the beaches open?
4. How can I get more information about the Coronavirus?
5. Should I still come to Daytona Beach for a vacation I have planned?
6. What does the city emergency declaration entail?
7. What is the city's CARE (COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort) Program?
8. What resources are available for local businesses?
9. What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive?