Coronavirus Updates

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