As the nation and state stepped up efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, local governments followed suit last week with their own aggressive measures.
Volusia County declared a local state of emergency March 13. The county’s city governments passed their own local emergency declarations last week.
At Ormond Beach’s emergency commission meeting March 16 commissioners approved the declaration of a state of emergency. Mayor Bill Partington announced, “The actions we take today will allow some flexibility in contracting, will allow us to apply for certain things regarding FEMA reimbursement and are necessary to protect the health and welfare of all our residents.”
Other cities declaring a local state of emergency were Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange.
Volusia County and its cities announced they would halt utility disconnections due to non-payment of bills. The county and many cities are also waiving late fees.
While city and county meetings are on hold, most city halls are remaining open with limited access, but residents are being asked to pay their bills remotely or use drop-off boxes.
Volusia County schools will be closed at least until April 15 with remote learning expected to begin March 30.
After Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his March 17 executive order closing bars for 30 days and limiting gatherings at beaches and restaurants to 10 people with a distance of 6 feet between groups, Volusia County announced it would keep beaches open. But with crowds still swarming the beaches, the county closed all beach ramps, ending beach driving at least through March 26.
Daytona International Speedway suspended its tours. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at the speedway is closed.
Here is a roundup of closures, cancellations, postponements and announcements. For up to date information, visit Volusia.org.
Volusia County: The county’s 14 library branches transitioned to online, telephone and curbside service on March 23. All outstanding library fines have been suspended.
On-site visitation at Branch Jail and Correction Facility suspended. Remote visitation fee waived once per day per visitor.
County Veterans Service offices are by appointment only until further notice.
At the Ocean Center, Beach Daytona Nationals rescheduled to April 17. Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit March 27-29 canceled.
Agricultural Center Plant Sale Vendor Fair April 4 postponed; all plant clinics canceled. Lyonia Environmental Center to remain open, programs canceled.
Votran has increased sanitary cleaning on buses to better protect riders.
Colleges and universities:
Bethune-Cookman University canceled in-person instruction for the rest of the semester. Daytona State College shifted to all online classes on March 23. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has converted to all online classes at least until the end of the spring semester. Stetson University has also converted to remote instruction and has postponed commencement ceremonies.
Daytona Beach: Easter Beach Run April 4 postponed; prepaid registrants will receive a refund. All events with 100 or more people at city-owned facilities, including Peabody Auditorium, canceled.
City permits for outdoor events during emergency declaration revoked. Farmers Market at City Island suspended. Cypress Aquatic Center and Campbell Aquatic Center pool closed.
Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament (April 17) rescheduled for Sept. 25. Fair Housing & Financial Wellness Clinic (April 18) postponed.
Daytona Beach Shores: 60th Anniversary Celebration April 3 postponed. Taste of Shores canceled. Friday Free Concerts at the Pavilion canceled.
DeLand: All city event permits suspended for at least eight weeks. Canceled: Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival March 28; Outdoor Art Festival March 28-29; Mayor’s Golf Tournament April 3; Parachutes for Patriots March 27-28; Vivid Life Church Easter Egg Hunt April 12; City Easter Egg Hunt April 12; Water Festival April 25.
Postponed to a later date (original date in parentheses): DeLandapalooza (April 11); Firefighters Pub Crawl (April 4); Keep DeLand Beautiful Day (April 4); Community Shred Day (April 4); DeLand Tree Giveaway (April 18).
Deltona: Permits for special events through April 16 revoked. Canceled: Previously Owned Treasures Sale March 28; Fraud Prevention Forum April 3; Council on Aging activities; Eggstravaganza April 4; Superstar Student Designations April 6.
Lake Helen: Water bills due date extended to May 1. Spring Festival April 11 (Tortoise and the Hare 5K, Easter Egg Hunt) canceled. Rental facilities and parks closed until further notice.
New Smyrna Beach: All functions with 250 or more people at public venues canceled. All events at NSB Sports Complex canceled. NSB Farmers Market, Classic Car Show, Antique & Vintage Market postponed through March 31.
Ormond Beach: All sports activities canceled. Board, commission meetings canceled until April 21. Environmental Discovery Center and the Casements will remain closed.
Orange City: Canceled: Movie in the Park (April 3). Arbor Day Tree Giveaway (April 4).
South Daytona: Canceled: All classes and rentals at Piggotte Center and James Street Youth Activity Center through March 31. City will re-evaluate each week.