Coronavirus Updates

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Video updates can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Update as of October 6, 2020

Orange County COVID-19 Testing Site at Kelly Park

Know before you go:
Free face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to everyone tested. Appointments are strongly encouraged. 

Dates: October 7 and October 8, 2020 from 8 AM to 1 PM
Testing Site Address: 400 E. Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712

Testing is free, no insurance is required.
Testing is available for ages 12 and up (under 18 must have parent or guardian consent)

Please visit the Orange County Government Florida Testing Site page to make an appointment.
 

Update as of October 1, 2020

Apopka Police Department Lobby Reopen

The Apopka Police Department lobby is now reopen. The lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with the exception of holidays. 

Executive Order 20-246: Emergency Management COVID-19 - Local Government Public Meetings

Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-246 on September 30, 2020 for the transition back to in-person meetings resuming on November 1, 2020. 

Update as of September 14, 2020

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Executive Order 2020-10

The State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation has issued the Emergency Order Number 2020-10.

Update as of September 4, 2020

No Fireworks for Labor Day

Due to continued COVID-19 concerns, there will not be a firework show on Labor Day (September 7, 2020) this year. 

Please continue to check this page for City updates.

Update as of September 1, 2020

Executive Order from Governor Desantis  (20-211 Executive Order)

Governor DeSantis extends the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for those adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic until October 1, 2020.

For questions or concerns, the Governor's office can be reached at 850-717-9337.

State of Florida of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-211 (Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief) PDF was filled on August 31, 2020. 

Update as of August 21, 2020

Utility Billing Lobby Opening for New Account Customers

Beginning Monday, August 24, 2020 the Utility Billing Lobby will be opening for new account customers only. Applications will be available to fill out in your vehicle and one customer at a time will be serviced in our lobby. 

Please Note: At this time the drive-thru is still open for payments. Please continue to check our website for updates

Orange County Government to Launch COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program on August 25, 2020

COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program starts August 25, 2020. The Landlord & Tenant Program will assist with up to $4,000 in past due rent. For those needing assistance please visit Orange County Government's website


Update as of August 17, 2020

Duke Energy Customer Assistance During COVID-19

Download the Duke Energy Customer Assistance COVID-19 Fact Sheet August 2020 (PDF).

Duke Energy continues to suspend disconnections for nonpayment until September 1, 2020.

Duke Energy continues to waive credit and debit card payment fees as well as walk-in payment fees for residential customer until November 2020.

Duke Energy has developed an online request form for customers to set up extended payment plans on their own. Customers who are delinquent on their bill now have the option to request an extended payment arrangement easily without the need to call the customer service center. Simply visit one of the following web pages and enter your phone number or account number to get started. 

Customers with more complex needs can speak to a care representative Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM by calling 800-700-8744 (Residential) and 877-372-8477 (Business). 

For more information and additional updates, please visit Duke Energy's Response to COVID-19 page

Update as of August 12, 2020 

COVID-19 Free Testing Site on August 14, 2020 at John Bridges Community Center

Free testing availability continues to be a priority for Orange County residents. The state-run mobile testing site will serve both drive-through and walk-up clients. 500 individuals can be tested daily and 14 healthcare workers will support the site. 

Drive-through testing is available from 9 AM to 5 PM at John Bridges Community Center, 445 West 13th Street, Apopka, FL on Friday, August 14, 2020.

  • No appointment needed
  • No insurance required
  • No symptoms required
  • Available to all residents (not just Orange County residents)
  • Free testing for 5 years of age and older. Parent/guardian required for those under 18
  • Results provided in 3-5 days
  • ID required

Please visit Orange County Florida Government's COVID-19 page for complete testing site information or call 3-1-1 for assistance. 

Update as of August 10, 2020

Added Location for LaunchEd: Fran Carlton Center 

Students who are participating in the LaunchEd program through an Apopka school are welcome to use the Fran Carlton Center (11 N Forest Avenue) and WiFi to complete their programs. Students will be supervised by City staff at no cost.

  • For students in grades 1st to 8th (School ID/Proof of enrollment will be required).
  • Drop off begins at 7:30 AM and pickup is no later than 5:30 PM.
  • Students must bring own lunch and snacks.
  • Students must bring own headphones and device (for personal use). 

Students must enroll the Wednesday before by calling 407-703-1642 (Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM). 

This is first come, first serve. Maximum of 20 kids.

Please Note: Temperature checks and masks required.

Update as of August 3, 2020

LaunchEd at Billie Dean Community Center at Alonzo Williams Park

Students who are participating in the LaunchEd program through an Apopka school are welcome to use the Billie Dean Community Center at Alonzo Williams Park (225 M A Board Street, Apopka, FL) and WiFi to complete their programs. Students will be supervised by City staff at no cost.

  • For students in grades 1st to 8th (School ID/Proof of enrollment will be required).
  • Drop off begins at 7:30 AM and pickup is no later than 5:30 PM.
  • Students must bring own lunch and snacks.
  • Students must bring own headphones and device (for personal use). 

Students must enroll the Wednesday before by calling 407-703-1742 (Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM). 

This is first come, first serve. Maximum of 15 kids.

Please Note: Temperature checks and masks required.

Update as of July 30, 2020

Executive Order from Governor DeSantis (20-180 Executive Order)

Governor DeSantis extends the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for those adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic until September 1, 2020.

State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-180 (Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief) (PDF) was filed on July 29, 2020 at 11:46 AM.  

For questions or concerns, the Governor's office can be reached at 850-717-9337. 

Update as of July 22, 2020

Orange County Business Compliance Assistance Teams ("Strike Teams")

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced the formation of Business Compliance Assistance Teams (a.k.a. “Strike Teams”) made up of Orange County officials and employees from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). These teams are being asked to visit businesses throughout all of Orange County, including in the municipalities, to ensure compliance with Orange County Emergency Executive Order number 2020-25 Regarding COVID-19 and Requiring Face Coverings. These teams are reviewing business compliance with key aspects of the order, including the posting of required signage for masks and social distancing as well as compliance with these requirements by employees and patrons. Our teams are focused on education and we are not planning on issuing any citations or penalties associated with non-compliance at this time. However, egregious violations may be forward to the appropriate agency for review and action as may be appropriate. Staff will also have materials like flyers, posters, and PPE to assist those businesses in successfully complying with the Emergency Order.

The “Strike Teams” are starting in the field Wednesday, July 22, 2020, and consist of Orange County Code Enforcement, the Fire Marshal’s Office, and FDOH. They will be investigating consumer complaints and visiting businesses in areas of higher business activity and COVID-19 hot spots. If you have any questions or receive any inquiries as to our activities or findings, please contact Tim Boldig, Deputy Director for Orange County’s Planning, Environmental, and Development Services Department at 407-836-5645.

Update as of June 30, 2020

City Council Meeting for July 1, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we wanted to remind everyone about measures we are taking here at City Hall to address the virus while still providing essential services. Specifically, we wanted to address the matter of Council meetings: 

  • We are limiting staff attendance to only those presenting an item on the agenda.
  • Any applicant with an item on the agenda, we are asking them to limit their attendance to just one or two people.
  • Anyone from the public wanting to participate in the Public Comment portion or speak on a matter requiring a Public Hearing on the agenda, we are asking them to submit comments in advance of the meeting rather than attend in person if possible. The City Clerk will read the comments into the record. To access the form, please visit our online City Council Meeting: Notice of Intent to Speak form. Please submit your forms by 9 AM on the day of the meeting.
  • Anyone from the public wanting to observe the meeting, we ask that you watch the meeting on YouTube rather than attend in person if possible. To watch the meeting, please visit our YouTube Channel.
  • Anyone that does attend the Council meeting, we ask that you limit your presence in the chamber to your issue and then leave once your item has been addressed.
  • Every staffer, Council member, and member of the public will have their temperatures taken prior to entering the Council Chamber.

Update as of June 26, 2020

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Executive Order 2020-09

The State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation has issued the Emergency Order Number 2020-09

Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. 

To view this Emergency Executive Order, please visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s website.  

Update as of June 25, 2020

Orange County Executive Order Number 2020-25

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has issued Emergency Executive Order Number 2020-25 regarding COVID-19 and Requiring Face Coverings. This Order was issued on June 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM. 

The definition of a face covering shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. 

Please note that updates have been made to Face Covering Requirements and Exemptions from the previous Executive Order of 2020-23. 

This Order shall become effective upon the execution and shall supersede Emergency Executive Order Number 2020-23. This Order will remain in effect throughout the State of Local Emergency pursuant to COVID-19, unless earlier rescinded. 

For full details, please visit Orange County Florida Government’s website

Update as June 19, 2020

Orange County Executive Order Number 2020-23

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has issued Emergency Executive Order Number 2020-23 regarding COVID-19 and Requiring Face Coverings. This Order was issued on June 18, 2020 and will go in effect at 12:01 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Update: This Emergency Executive Order has been superseded by Order number 2020-25.

For full details, including the exceptions, please visit Orange County Florida Government’s website

Orange County Testing Sites for Apopka and Zellwood Areas

Orange County Health Services is providing free COVID-19 testing sites in Apopka and Zellwood areas. Residents of Orange County can book an appointment online. 

  • Farmworker Association of Florida is Monday, June 22, 2020 at 1264 Apopka Boulevard, Apopka, FL 32703. Please visit the Farmworker Association page to book appointment.  
  • John Bridges Community Center is Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 445 West 13th Street, Apopka, FL 32703.
    Please visit the John Bridges page to book appointment. 
  • Neighborhood Center for Families/Zellwood is on June 24 and June 25, 2020 at 6565 Willow Street, Zellwood, FL 32798. Please visit the Zellwood page to book appointment. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Tests are by online appointment only
  • No testing criteria
  • Testing is free; no insurance required
  • Available for Orange County residents only
  • 18 years and older
  • Receive a packet of free face masks and hand sanitizer after appointment. 

For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/COVID19

Update as of June 12, 2020

Recreation Updates and Openings

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Reopens to Vehicles

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is reopening to vehicular access on Friday, June 12, 2020, with updated hours and additional measures to keep both guests and wildlife safe.

People driving through are asked to remain in their vehicles. The North Shore property and trails continue to be open to hikers and bicyclists.

The drive will be open to vehicles Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. For more information, please visit St. Johns River Water Management District’s website.

Update as of June 5, 2020

Executive Order Number 20-139 Effective June 5, 2020

Governor DeSantis issued an executive order to implement Phase 2 Recovery of the Safe. Smart Step by Step plan for Florida’s recovery effective Friday, June 5, 2020.

Highlights Include: 

  • Bars, movie theaters and bowling alleys will be allowed to open at 50% indoor capacity
  • Tattoo shops, massage parlors and tanning salons are also allowed to reopen
  • Appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols must be maintained
  • The public should still avoid crowds of more than 50 people
  • Visitations at long-term care facilities are still prohibited

Executive Order Number 20-139 (Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery) (PDF) was signed on June 3, 2020 and is effective at 12:01 AM on June 5, 2020.

For questions or concerns, the Governor’s Office can be reached at 850-717-9337 or by visiting the Florida Governor’s website.  

Update as of May 31, 2020

Orange County, Florida Executive Order 2020-19 concerning Curfew Issued

Orange County Mayor, Jerry L. Demings, has issued a curfew for Orange County, FL commencing on Sunday, May 31, 2020 between the hours of 10 PM to 5 AM. This executive order will be in place until further notice.

Exemptions including residents going to or leaving work, First Responders, and Medical emergencies.

Orange County, Florida Emergency Executive Order Number 2020-19 concerning Curfew can be viewed on Orange County Florida’s website.

Update as of May 28, 2020

Public Safety Youth Academy and Fire Camp 2020

The City of Apopka Police and Fire Departments have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our Apopka Public Safety Youth Academy and Fire Camp’s this summer.

After careful and thorough review of current CDC and Department of Health guidelines, we have determined that the limitations specific to these camps will prevent many of the great experiences our campers have come to expect and love. This decision was not made lightly, as summer camp brings so much positive energy and enthusiasm to our community and to our agencies. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Update as of May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020 Executive Order from Governor DeSantis (20-123 Executive Order)

Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

This order is effective at 12:01 AM on May 18, 2020.

Update as of May 14, 2020

Due to the recent change in guidance from the FDA concerning a previously issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for all antibody testing, there is currently a limited availability of test kits nationwide.

It is now recommended that all antibody tests be independently validated by the FDA to receive an individual Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Due to these unforeseen circumstances the City of Apopka will not be holding COVID-19 antibody testing until further notice. Please continue to check our website as further testing information will be coming out as kits become available.

Update as of May 13, 2020

Goal Seal Program

For more information about the Apopka Gold Seal Program please visit our page

Find out the criteria and how to participate. 

Update as of May 12, 2020

Testing Site will Resume on Friday, May 15, 2020

The testing site will not be available on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, but will reopen on Friday, May 15, 2020. 
Please check back for the latest update on this testing site.

Update as of May 8, 2020

Capacity Reached for May 8, 2020 Testing Site

As of 9:50 AM on May 8, 2020: The Drive Thru Coronavirus Antibody Testing Site has reached capacity. Please continue to visit our website for updates about this testing site. 

Testing Site will Resume on May 13, 2020

Due to restocking, the Antibody Test site will not be available on Monday, May 11, 2020. It will reopen on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 5 PM to 9 PM (or until capacity is reached). 

Please Note: The time has been changed to the evening. 

Check back for additional information. 

Update as of May 7, 2020

The City of Apopka is asking parents and guardians to take this quick 2020 Summer Camp Survey. We would like your feedback, as staff continues to monitor COVID-19. Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us and decisions will be made accordingly. Here is the direct link for the survey: https://form.jotform.com/201143957339155 

Resolution 2020-09: Passed and Adopted on May 6, 2020 at City Council Meeting

A resolution by the City Council of the City of Apopka, Florida, recognizing the existing state of emergency related to COVID-19 and the State’s actions to begin the process of reopening businesses, authorizing the City Council to temporary waive certain regulations in order to promote local businesses and the state’s "Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery," and provide for conflict and an effective date. 

WHEREAS, on March 09, 2020 by Executive Order Number 20-52, Governor Ron Desantis declared a State of Emergency for every county in the State of Florida due to Coronavirus Disease 2019-COVID-19 Novel; and 

WHEREAS, the disease is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and 

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, Florida Governor Ron Desantis issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and 

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and 

WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020 Governor Ron Desantis directed the Director of the Division of Emergency Management to activate the State Emergency Operations Center to Level 2 to provide coordination and response to the COVID-19 emergency; and 

WHEREAS, on April 3, 2020 Governor Ron Desantis execute Executive Order 20-91 which restricted non-essential business activities; and 

WHEREAS, the City Officials and staff are following the orders and recommendations of 

the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and our County Emergency Manager, and 

WHEREAS, all levels of government have urged the public to adhere to aggressive social distancing, self-isolation, the Safer at Home order of the Governor, and other direction and guidance from public health authorities to "flatten the curve" of this epidemic; and 

WHEREAS, due to Floridians’ continued observation of social distancing measures, statistical data shows that the curve has indeed been flattened and the State has begun implementing measure to reopen Florida businesses in a safe, smart, and step-by-step manner; and 

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, Governor Ron Desantis executed Executive Order 20-112 which extends the "Safer at Home" requirements but also relaxes some restrictions placed on businesses due to the COVID-19 crisis; and 

WHEREAS, Governor Desantis has expressed his office’s intention to monitor statistical data and implement future Orders based on the continued effectiveness of social distancing measures during the systematic expansion of businesses’ ability to reopen; and 

WHEREAS, in order for the City of Apopka to do its part in the reopening of Florida’s economy, the City Council finds it appropriate to issue temporary waivers to certain local regulations in order for Apopka businesses to maximize the effectiveness of the Governor’s relaxation of the previously imposed COVID-19 restrictions. 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, OF THE CITY OF APOPKA, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS: 

SECTION 1. The City Council will issue temporary waivers of restrictions in the Code of Ordinances that would impose limits on the use of outdoor portions of commercial property for dining, service or retail, including provisions that prohibit the use of parking spaces for such activity, and local provisions that restrict the ability of local businesses to erect temporary shade structures to support such activities and waive any permit costs. 

SECTION 2. This Resolution shall be effective for a period of ninety(90} days from the date of approval unless terminated earlier by action of the City Council. 

SECTION 3. If the State Emergency declared by State Executive Order Number 20-52 expires or is terminated, this Resolution and the authority granted herein shall terminate immediately. 

SECTION 4. This Resolution and the authority granted herein may be extended, expanded and renewed by subsequent action of the City Council. 

SECTION 5. This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its execution. 

SECTION 6. Any provision within the Resolution which conflicts with any State or Federal law or constitutional provision or conflicts with or is superseded by any Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Florida or the President of the United States shall be deemed inapplicable and deemed severed from this Resolution with the remainder of the Resolution remaining in full force and effect. 

PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 6TH DAY OF MAY, 2020. 

Attest: Linda Goff, City Clerk

City of Apopka, Florida City Council Bryan Nelson, Mayor

Update as of May 6, 2020 

As of 8:45 AM on May 6, 2020 capacity has been reached for the Drive Thru Coronavirus Antibody Testing site. 

We will be offering 100 free Antibody Tests again on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 8 AM to 6 PM or until capacity is reached again.

Apopka Community Center is located at 519 S. Central Avenue in Apopka, FL.


Update as of May 5, 2020

Mayor Nelson gives a video update about the upcoming Graduation Parades.

For complete details please visit our 2020 High School Graduates page on our website. 

Update as of May 4, 2020 

As of 11:30 AM on May 4, 2020 capacity has been reached for the Drive Thru Coronoavirus Antibody Testing site.

We will be offering 100 free Antibody Tests again on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 8 AM to 6 PM or until capacity is reached again. 

Apopka Community Center is located at 519 S Central Avenue in Apopka, FL. 


Update as of May 1, 2020

Orange County Update

Orange County Emergency Executive Order Number 2020-12 Regarding COVID-19.
Reopening Orange County and Requiring Social Distancing and Face Coverings signed on May 1, 2020 at 6:55 PM

Mayor Nelson’s Update

Mayor Nelson gives video update about new antibody testing site opening on Monday, May 4, 2020. 

Beginning Monday, May 1, 2020: Drive-thru Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Testing Site
The City of Apopka is here to support our community during the coronavirus pandemic with safe and convenient testing.

General Info

We will be offering 100 free Antibody Tests daily starting Monday, May 4, 2020.  Testing will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 AM to 6 PM or until the test run out daily for the next two weeks.

How to Get Tested

Simply show up at the Apopka Community Center at 519 S. Central Avenue in Apopka on a first come first serve basis. Stay in your car and follow the direction of the staff. You will be asked a series of screening questions and if it’s determined you qualify for a test, they will give you instructions on how they will administer the test.

Who can test

Anyone above the age of 18 who is not showing any signs or symptoms. No walk-ups allowed (Must be in vehicle).

Cost

Free

What to Bring

Bring your driver’s license or government issued ID

Your Test Results

You will receive your results before you leave the test site.

If your antibody test shows a positive result you will be referred out to seek further definitive testing. Alternate definitive testing site information will be provided for all participants including a location at Apopka’s Community Health Center. 

Update as of April 30, 2020

Orange County has created a page of FAQs for "Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" Executive Order, 20-112.  

Update as of April 29, 2020

State of Florida: Office of the Governor issues Executive Order Number 20-112

Read the Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step, Plan for Florida’s Recovery

This order is effective at 12:01 AM on May 4, 2020. 

Update as of April 24, 2020

Mayor Nelson gives a video update for the City of Apopka.

Due to COVID-19 we will only be live streaming the Oath of Office Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 on our City’s YouTube Channel.

Inauguration of Kyle Becker 
City of Apopka Commissioner, Seat 4
Ceremony begins at 11:30 AM

Inauguration of  Douglas Bankson
City of Apopka Commissioner, Seat 3
Ceremony begins at 12 PM

Live Streaming Event Link 

Update as of April 17, 2020

Mayor Nelson gives a video update on how to stay connect through social media. 

Update as of April 16, 2020

Mayor’s Report from Wednesday, April 16, 2020 City Council Meeting.
Watch the video update on our YouTube Channel

Additional Videos: 

Update as of April 15, 2020

Live Streaming of City Council Meeting at 7 PM on our YouTube Channel

City Council Meeting on April 15 at 7 PM 

Mayor Bryan Nelson video update about available Reemployment forms at City Hall. 

Update as of April 14, 2020 

Mayor Bryan Nelson gives a video update for the City of Apopka.

Update as of April 13, 2020

Mayor Bryan Nelson gives video update about Solid Waste Department and pickup in the City.

Live Streaming of City Meetings on YouTube Channel:

Update as of April 10, 2020

Apopka Fire Chief Wylam and Mayor Bryan Nelson talk about the COVID-19 nCOV IgG/IgM Test. 

Update as of April 9, 2020

Video message from Apopka Fire Chief Wylam and Apopka Police Chief McKinley

Update as of April 8, 2020

Chart added of Symptoms for Coronavirus, Cold, Flu, or Seasonal Allergies.  

Update as of April 7, 2020

Special Video Message from Mayor Bryan Nelson for residents in the City of Apopka.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notification when new videos are posted.

Resources for Residents: Reemployment Assistance from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Please visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Individuals for online applications and frequently asked questions. 

The City of Apopka will be offering residents the ability to pick up and turn in paper forms between the hours of 8 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM at City Hall (Monday through Friday).

Applications can be filled out online on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website, downloading and submitting a paper application, or picking up an application at City Hall. 

The City will be overnighting the forms each day to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in Tallahassee, FL for residents.

Please remember to bring the following, if filling out the form at City Hall:

  • Driver License
  • W-2 or 1099 with Employer ID numbers

Florida Reemployment Assistance Print Applications can be found on their website.

Update as of April 2, 2020

Video of Mayor’s Report from the City Council Meeting from April 1, 2020.

Update as of April 1, 2020

Governor DeSantis has issued an Executive Order for the entire state starting tomorrow, April 2, 2020, at midnight and it runs for 30 days. Everyone is to stay home unless they are running essential errands or are employed in essential services. Those individuals running essential errands must practice social distancing. Those businesses deemed essential services must practice social distancing.

Essential errands include: grocery stores, banks, doctors, pharmacies, vets, food take-out, caring for a loved one, church service (ten or less inside), recreational activities to name a few.

Essential businesses include: government facilities, healthcare, financial, transportation systems, communications, critical manufacturing, commercial facilities, food and agriculture to name a few.

The Executive Order is extensive. To see specifics, please visit the Governor’s website.

March 27, 2020: Message from Mayor Bryan Nelson

Dear City Resident,

As we continue to monitor the current situation, we wanted to keep you informed about measures we are taking here at City Hall to address the virus while still providing essential services. Specifically, we wanted to address the matter of Council meetings:

  • We are limiting staff attendance to only those presenting an item on the agenda.
  • Any applicant with an item on the agenda, we are asking them to limit their attendance to just one or two people.
  • Anyone from the public wanting to participate in the Public Comment portion or speak on a matter requiring a Public Hearing on the agenda, we are asking them to submit comments in advance of the meeting rather than attend in person if possible.  The City Clerk will read the comments into the record. To access the form, please visit: http://www.apopka.net/citycouncilform
  • Anyone from the public wanting to observe the meeting, we ask that you watch the meeting on YouTube rather than attend in person if possible. To watch the meeting, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJKvoQzZuYfgsqrtkpjYLCw
  • Anyone that does attend the Council meeting, we ask that you limit your presence in the chamber to your issue and then leave once your item has been addressed.

Every staffer, Council member, and member of the public will have their temperatures taken prior to entering the Chamber.

- Mayor Nelson

March 24, 2020: Orange County Emergency Executive Order Number 2020-04 and Message from Mayor Bryan Nelson

Dear City Resident, 

Here is the Executive Order put forth by Mayor Demings, Orange County Mayor on March 24, 2020:

NOW, THEREFORE,

I, Jerry L. Demings, County Mayor of Orange County, Florida, acting as the Director of Emergency Management, promulgate the following Emergency Executive
Order:

Section 1. Non-Essential Travel and Safety Measures.

In the interest of preserving the public health and safety, individuals are ordered not to leave the premises of their primary residence or domicile except to conduct certain necessary activities, while practicing social distancing where practical, which include, but are not limited to the following:

(a) Basic Needs. Visiting a health or veterinary care professional, obtaining medical supplies or medication, obtaining financial or legal services, obtaining food, grocery items or other household consumer products and products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or buildings (whether commercial, office or industrial), for personal use or for use by others, including, without limitation, services related to providing food, groceries, household products, health services, shelter, care or assistance to minors, the elderly, dependents, persons with disabilities, other persons needing assistance, friends, family members, pets or animals; attendance at public meetings or other government purposes; and for other like or similar purposes related to any of the foregoing.

(b) Physical Activity and Exercise. Engaging in outdoor activities and recreation, including, without limitation, golfing, walking, hiking, running, cycling, using scooters, roller skates, skateboards, or other personal mobility devices.

(c) Travel related to Basic Needs and Physical Activity. Travel to and from an individual’s principal residence or domicile related to any of the basic needs described in Section l(a) above, or physical activity and exercise described in Section l (b) above.

(d) Travel related to the Provision or Receipt of Essential Services. Travel necessary for the provision or receipt of essential services described in Section 2, including employees, volunteers, and service recipients of these services.

(e) Other Travel. Travel to and from transportation facilities or hubs, airports, bus and train stations, and travel to return home from outside jurisdictions.

Section 2. Non-Essential Businesses and Essential Businesses.

(a) All non-essential retail and commercial businesses are hereby ordered temporarily closed, including but not limited to, whether indoors or outdoors, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations.

(b) The following retail and commercial businesses are deemed essential, and may remain open:

(1) Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, pharmacies, veterinarians and animal care providers;

(2) Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences;

(3) Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;

(4) Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals. Hotels, motels and other housing providers;

(5) Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;

(6) Gas stations;

(7) Auto-supply, auto-repair, related facilities, and towing companies;

(8) Banks and related financial institutions;

(9) Hardware and home improvement stores;

(10) Licensed contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures;

(11) Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;

(12) Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;

(13) Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements under Federal, State or Local Emergency Orders. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;

(14) Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home;

(15) Businesses that sell medical equipment and supply providers. Also, businesses that supply other essential businesses with support and supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with general public;

(16) Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences;

(17) Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train;

(18) Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;

(19) Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities;

(20) Legal or accounting services and notaries public;

(21) Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services, and maintenance of property, equipment and grounds of businesses, whether or not currently open to the public;

(22) Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Emergency Executive Order to work, as permitted. To the extent practical, childcare facilities shall operate under the following mandatory conditions:

a. Childcare shall take place in stable groups often (10) or fewer people (inclusive of childcare providers for the group);

b. Children and childcare providers shall not change from one group to another; and

c. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room, and groups shall not mix or interact with each other;

(23) Businesses operating at an airport, government facility, or government office;

(24) Pet supply stores;

(25) Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers;

(26) Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications, to include private security businesses;

(27) Providers of propane or natural gas;

(28) Construction sites, irrespective of the type of building;

(29) Architectural, engineering, and land surveying services;

(30) Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses;

(31) Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste; and

(32) Businesses interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means;

(33) Businesses delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services;

(34) Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above listed essential retail or commercial business activities; and

(35) In addition to essential businesses listed above, any individuals that are employed in or working to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors as more particularly described at http://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 . This link identifies a number of critical infrastructure sectors as vital to the United States including (1) healthcare and public benefits, (2) transportation systems and logistics, (3) communications, (4) water and wastewater, (5) food and agriculture, (6) nuclear reactors, hazardous materials and waste, (7) other governmental facilities, operations and essential functions, (8) energy, (9) financial services, (10) commercial facilities, (11) emergency services, (12) defense industrial base, (13) critical manufacturing, (14) chemical, and (15) information technology. This exception only applies to individuals working in one of these critical infrastructure sectors while or during the course of employment in and performing their work in that sector.

(c) This Order does not affect or limit the operations of Orange County, any municipality, the Orange County School District, any educational institution, whether public or private, or Federal office or facility, or any public utility, except that such entities shall endeavor to abide by the prohibitions or restrictions of any County, municipal. State or Federal Emergency Order, as applicable.

(d) This Order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present performing services at any location where an essential business is being conducted or operated, except as expressly set forth herein or otherwise governed by a State or Federal Order or regulation. Employers and employees of such essential businesses are urged to practice social distancing, such as keeping at least six (6) feet apart and limiting group size to less than ten (10) people.

(e) This Order does not limit religious or funeral services at any location, but all persons leading, performing or attending religious or funeral services are urged to fully comply with all measures advised by the CDC, including limiting gatherings to not more than ten (10) people and practicing social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons.

Sections 3. Minimum Standards. The provisions of this Emergency Executive Order shall serve as minimum standards, and shall not modify any powers possessed by municipalities to impose more stringent standards within their respective jurisdictions.

Section 4. Variances or Exceptions. Any variance or exception to any prohibitions set forth in Section 1 or Section 2 shall be valid only when stated in writing signed by me or under my authority.

Section 5. Penalties. Anyone who violates this Emergency Executive Order shall upon conviction be punished according to law and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500. 00), or imprisonment in the County jail for a period not exceeding sixty (60) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 6. Severability. Any provision of this Emergency Executive Order that conflicts with any Federal or State constitutional provision or law, including the State’s preemption of the regulation of firearms and ammunition codified in Section 790. 33, Florida Statutes, or conflicts with or is superseded by an Executive Order issued by the President of the United States or the Governor of Florida, shall be deemed inapplicable and deemed to be severed from this Emergency Executive Order, with the remainder of the Emergency Executive Order remaining intact and in full force and effect. Nothing in this Emergency Executive Order shall be interpreted as prohibiting retail or wholesale stores or vendors that currently sell sealed containers of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption from continuing such sales for off premises consumption.

Section 7. Effective Date; Expiration Date.

(a) This Emergency Executive Order shall become effective on March 26, 2020, at 11:00 p.m.

(b) This Emergency Executive Order shall expire on April 9, 2020, at 11:00 p. m.

“Signed” by Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor, as Director of Emergency Management

Received and Filed in the Office of the Orange County Comptroller, as Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners on the 24th day of March, 2020, at 5:54 PM by Comptroller.


Just a few highlights, as I read this Executive Order Number 2020-04 regarding COVID-19. I believe restaurants, drive thru, and takeout locations are essential business, as well as whole sale and retail nurseries. We also include our drive thru church services as well.

If you have any questions about this please email me at bnelson@apopka.net or call the Mayor’s Office at 407-703-1601.

- Mayor Bryan Nelson

Helpful Links for this Order:

March 20, 2020: Message from Mayor Bryan Nelson

Dear City Resident, 

I am writing to provide an update on measures we are taking here at the City to minimize unnecessary risks and navigate the ever-changing environment. Here at the City, we anticipate a two million dollar sales tax shortfall in the 2019-2020 budget. In addition, we anticipate at least a two-million-dollar pension shortfall in the 2021-2022 budget. As such, we have made the decision to eliminate new hires unless it is for a critical position. We have eliminated new spending on projects. We have also eliminated employee travel. 

City Specific Measures: 

  • Streaming Council meetings on our YouTube Channel.
  • Encouraging customers to pay City bills online, drive thru, or at Amscot locations. The Utility Billing office is closed to walk-ins.
  • Encouraging customers to apply for permits over the phone, email or online
  • Postponing large City-sponsored events including: the 59th Annual Art and Foliage Festival, Farmers Market, Apopka Proud Concert and BBQ event, Apopka Hometown Concert, Friday Night Music Concert series, the Apopka Easter Egg Hunt, and Public Safety Day. We will re-evaluate whether to reschedule these events at a later date.
  • Refund deposits for organizations or individuals that have rented our City facilities for events.
  • Canceling all fingerprint services through our Police Department for the foreseeable future
  • Shifting spending to our Utility Fund projects, which are impact fee generated money
  • Trying to refinance Municipal bonds at the historically low interest rates
  • Moving our School Resource Officers to police routes while the schools are closed
  • Limiting public access to certain areas of the fire stations – we are asking no visitors in the living quarters to limit exposure
  • Closing the museum and having that part-time employee sanitize common areas
  • Stopping all Fire Department and Police Department community-relation events until further notice
  • Making sure all First Responders are trained in proper procedures for handling COVID-19 calls
  • All Fire Department staff are evaluated and monitored for any symptoms prior to entering nursing homes
  • Encouraging residents to continue to support your local restaurants with take-out delivery where possible
  • Closed the City Fitness Center.

General Guidelines: 

  • Adhering to the 11:00 PM curfew
  • Limiting gatherings of more than 10 people where possible
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Referring anyone with a question regarding symptoms to call AdventHealth’s Coronavirus Information Line, 1-877-VIRUSHQ (1-877-847-8747), which is staffed 24 hours a day to answer questions relating to COVID-19

We continue to monitor all CDC updates and make adjustments accordingly.  We ask that you take the necessary precautions as well.  For the latest updates, we encourage you to continue to visit this page as we continue to update as more information becomes available.

- Mayor Bryan Nelson

City Council Meeting Live Stream from March 18, 2020

To view the full March 18, 2020 video, visit our YouTube channel.

Click to view the Agenda for the March 18, 2020 meeting on our Agendas & Minutes page. 

March 18, 2020: City Update

As of Noon today, the Utility Billing Lobby will be closed until further notice. We ask that you use the drive through for any matters regarding Utility Billing such as paying bills or starting your service. In addition to the drive through option, you can pay online at http://www.apopka.net/513/Pay or through Amscot (Cash payments only. There is a $1.50 convenience fee for using this service).

Our City Hall lobby remains open, however, we encourage you to limit all unnecessary visits. If the matter can be handled by phone or email, we strongly recommend you do so out of an abundance of caution for you and our staff.

March 17, 2020: Message from Mayor Bryan Nelson

Dear City Resident,

Here is the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) update based on available information:

  • Limiting gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days where possible
  • Social distancing timeline has been increased to the next 8 weeks. 
  • Continue to support your local restaurants with take-out delivery rather than dine-in where possible
  • Canceling all fingerprint services through our Police Department for the foreseeable future
  • AdventHealth has launched a Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ, staffed 24 hours a day to answer questions relating to COVID-19
  • Council meetings will be live streamed on YouTube. For the March 18, 2020 meeting, please visit Apopka.net/Covid19 for the link to the meeting.
  • Encouraging customers to pay City bills online, or use our drive thru, or through Amscot
  • Encouraging customers to apply for permits over the phone or email
  • Postponed City events include the Art and Foliage Festival, Farmers Market, Apopka Proud Concert and BBQ event, the Easter Egg Hunt, and Public Safety Day. We will re-evaluate whether to reschedule these events at a later date. Please visit Apopka.net/Covid19, we continue to update this site as more information becomes available.
  • Encouraging any organizations or individuals that have rented our City facilities for large group events to consider canceling their events out of an abundance of caution. We will refund deposits.
  • Limiting public access to certain areas of the fire stations – we are asking no visitors in the living quarters to limit exposure
  • Stopping all Fire Department and Police Department community-relation events until further notice
  • All Fire Department staff are evaluated and monitored for any symptoms prior to entering nursing homes

We continue to monitor all CDC updates and make adjustments accordingly. We ask that you take the necessary precautions as well.

- Mayor Bryan Nelson

March 17, 2020: Special Message from AdventHealth

All of our hospitals are equipped to rapidly identify, isolate and care for a suspected or confirmed coronavirus patient. Our preparations also include:

  • Educating physicians and clinical teams on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health.
  • Screening all patients and visitors at care entry points at all facilities and implementing new visitor restrictions to help minimize the risk for our patients, team members and greater community.
  • Working with our vendors and internal teams to ensure we have adequate supplies such as masks, protective equipment for team members, wipes and hand sanitizers.
  • Established a multidisciplinary leadership team who is working around-the-clock to ensure we have capacity, supplies, equipment and staffing to handle a potential coronavirus patient or influx of patients.

We have also launched a Coronavirus Information Line, staffed 24 hours a day to answers questions about COVID-19. We hope this phone line will not only provide residents with trusted, reliable information, but also free up clinicians to focus on those who need the most immediate, critical care. We’re fielding more than 400 calls a day. If you have a question, please call 1-877-VIRUSHQ.

We have also gathered important facts and answers to top concerns about COVID-19 on our website. We hope you find them useful.

March 16, 2020: Message from Mayor Bryan Nelson

Dear City Resident, 

I am writing to provide an update on measures we are taking here at the City to minimize unnecessary risks and navigate the ever-changing environment: 

  • Council Meetings will be live streamed on YouTube. Please visit this page for the meeting link for the March 18, 2020 meeting. 
  • Encouraging customers to pay City bills online or use our drive thru as well as apply for permits over the phone or email.
  • Postponed City events include the Art and Foliage Festival, Farmers Market, Apopka Proud Concert and BBQ event, the Easter Egg Hunt, and Public Safety Day. We will re-evaluate whether to reschedule these events at a later date. Please continue to visit this page as more information becomes available.
  • Encouraging any organizations or individuals that have rented our City facilities for large group events to consider canceling their events out of an abundance of caution. We will refund deposits.
  • Limiting public access to certain areas of the fire stations – we are asking no visitors in the living quarters to limit exposure.
  • Stopping all Fire Department and Police Department community-relation events until further notice.
  • All Fire Department staff are being evaluated and monitored for any symptoms prior to entering nursing homes.

We continue to monitor all CDC updates and make adjustments accordingly. We ask that you take the necessary precautions as well to minimize exposure to your friends and family as well as our staff. This is uncharted territory,  but we will persevere together.

Mayor Nelson