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COVID-19 Information + Resources

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Notable happenings:

  • Short term rental reopenings: the Brevard County Manager submitted this plan and the state has accepted it. (5/26/20)
  • Governor's Full Phase 1 Executive Order. Helpful infographic outlining details. (5/18/20)
  • State Drive-Thru testing site in Palm Bay at the EFSC campus: free virus testing to ANYONE over 18 years old with an ID. No appointment necessary! (5/15/20)
  • Visitor Information + Travel Resources: Visit Space Coast + Visit Florida (5/12/20)
  • City Council held a Special Meeting on Friday, May 8 to discuss public beach parking closure in the City of Cape Canaveral.  Resolution 2020-11 passed at the May 8, 2020 Special City Council Meeting; reopening public beach parking on Saturday, May 9 by 9:00 a.m.
    • The decision to open public beach parking areas considered the following:
      1. Cherie Down, Avon by the Sea and other Brevard County controlled parking areas are already open.
      2. Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbor Beach have reopened 100% of their beach parking areas starting this past weekend.
      3. BCSO reported 124 parking citations issued, noting the increasing time and effort to enforce the street parking. By reopening, our Law Enforcement Officers can more effectively manage their time and personnel resources to focus on more imperative core duties. This will also allow them to remain in an educational posture - reminding visitors to be mindful of social distancing on both the beaches and the crossovers.
      4. New measures taken: increased signage on the crossovers and additional trash receptacles at each beach end to overcome the trash problem.
      5. The reopening of parking areas represents a small, single step in the City's Phased Reopening Plan, which is being finalized and will be ready when State and/or local officials authorize. (5/9/20)
  • Effective Monday, May 11, the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County will offer appointment-only COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic individuals. This is viral testing; not antibody testing. Call 321-454-7141 for an appointment. (5/8/20)
  • City Actions:
    • A newly updated Tropical Cyclone Preparedness and Recovery Plan was distributed to all staff members that incorporates hurricane response and COVID-19 planning in preparation for the quickly approaching 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
    • Staff is currently assessing and scoping the installation of Ultraviolet (UV)/Bi-Polar Ionization equipment within facility HVAC systems to disinfect air handlers and ductwork in preparation for an eventual reopening of facilities when appropriate and feasible.
    • City staff is actively developing a COVID-19 Reopening and Recovery Strategy document to map out a phased and safe reopening of City facilities and services.
    • City staff has ordered no contact thermometers in preparation for staff temperature checks upon an eventual reopening of facilities when appropriate and feasible.
    • Staff has ordered a mobile UV disinfection lamp to for new deep cleaning procedures of City facilities and fleet vehicles. (5/1/20)
  • The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners voted to open county park beachfront parking (to include Cherie Down Park in the City of Cape Canaveral). (5/1/20)
  • FAQ for the Governor's Executive Order 20-112 for Florida's Recovery Post COVID-19 Emergency (4/30/20)
  • Governor DeSantis announced the phased opening of Florida. 
    • Phase 1 (starting Monday, May 4, 2020):
      • Schools remain distance learning.
      • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.
      • Elective surgeries can resume.
      • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six foot space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity. 
      • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity. 
      • No change for bars, gyms, and personal services such as hair dressers. 
      • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home.
      • All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others.
      • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing. 
      • Face masks are recommended for those in face-to-face interactions and where you can't social distance. 
    • There will continue to be updates, please see the Governor’s Actions and Emergency Orders for the latest guidance for businesses in Florida. (4/29/20)
    Beachgoers must abide by Social Distancing (minimum 6 ft.). Social Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. Please note: there are not restrictions in place for sunbathing or alcohol consumption. (4/27/20) 
  • The City has canceled events through Jun 6, 2020; including:
    • Friday Fest (6/6/20)
  • The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast has prepared a brief, yet important, Business Disruption Index Survey(4/14/20) 
  • United Way of Brevard’s COVID-19 Community Resource guide, including food pantry locations, and how to access help, click here. It is recommended that you call ahead to verify availability. (4/14/20)
  • The IRS is launching a tool that will provide the status of a payment, including the date it’s scheduled to be deposited or mailed.  (4/13/20)
  • Governor DeSantis announced a new paper application for those having issues with the Florida Reemployment Assistance Application online application website. He also announced that the website was just upgraded if you've experienced past issues. (4/6/20)
  • Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-95 allowing employers receiving money from the Federal CARES Act to use the full dollar amount to pay their rent and help their employees. (4/6/20)
  • City launches new page to help small businesses navigate COVID-19 resources. (4/6/20)
  • City Supplemental Declaration #3  authorizes:
    • Beach placards which were placed in response to Governor’s Executive Order 20-91. 
    • Conforming amendments to Supplemental Order #2 (feather flags and snipe signs) limiting the additional signage to “Essential Services” Businesses. (4/3/20) 
  • COVID-19 Prompts Restrictions on Tourism and Mass Gatherings in Brevard County. (4/2/20)

  • Cape Canaveral Beach Restrictions:                                                                                                                       

    • In furtherance of Florida Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91, the following Beach Restrictions will be in effect beginning April 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. in order to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus, until further notice:                                                                                                     
Beach activities are limited to Participating in Recreational Activities (consistent with Social Distancing Guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running or swimming. Beaches are closed to activities which violate CDC social gathering and social distancing guidelines. Beachgoers must abide by Social Distancing (minimum 6 ft.). Social Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. Beachgoers must act responsibly consistent with all public guidelines so that beaches may remain open for these limited activities. The City reserves the right to fully close the beaches if the public engages in irresponsible behavior inconsistent with public guidelines. (4/2/2020)
  • The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast issues program details on the Paycheck Protection Act for small businesses. (4/2/20)
  • Governor's Executive Order #20-91: Issues Safer at Home order for all of Florida. Read more.  (4/1/20)
  • City Playground Closure: 
    • All City of Cape Canaveral playgrounds are closed until further notice in order to help avoid community spread of COVID-19 through the touching of common surfaces.
    • Because playgrounds are frequented by many individuals and it is difficult to sanitize equipment between each use, the City has made the decision to close them for the protection of everyone in our community. (3/30/20)
  • Fares Waived on SCAT: Due to the COVID-19 virus emergency declaration, all fares on Space Coast Area Transit have been waived by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners until April 30, 2020. All riders, both Fixed Route and Paratransit will be able to ride for free.
  • Governor's Executive Order #20-87: Suspending Vacation Rental Operations. Read more.  (3/28/20)

  • Governor's Executive Order #20-86: Requiring 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Florida from areas with substantial community spread of COVID-19. Read more.  (3/28/20)

  • Emergency Supplemental Order #2: Temporary Signs: Mayor Hoog signed Emergency Supplemental Order #2 in response to the current COVID-19 emergency. The Order recognizes that social distancing measures implemented to combat the virus, have an effect of restricting the operations of various businesses in the City. The City is committed to supporting restaurateurs, retailers and their employees during these difficult times.  In order to promote the sale of available and necessary goods and services to the public, the Order temporarily authorizes one feather flag and one snipe sign for businesses in the Commercial Districts. Please refer to the full Executive Order for additional provisions and restrictions. 
  • Florida Today has created a running list of Brevard County restaurants and bars offering curbside service — they are updating this frequently but it is not exhaustive. If you don't see your favorite establishment, don't hesitate to reach out to that business directly! #supportlocal (3/26/20)
  • Brevard Public Schools expand feeding distribution sites beginning March 30. (3/25/20)
  • We officially have live and pre-recorded virtual classes for Leisure Services!!!
  • Health First implements new visitor policy at four area hospitals, including Cape Canaveral Hospital. (3/25/20)
  • Department of Elder Affairs Announces Partnership with DBPR and FRLA to Support Meals to the Elderly. (3/25/20)
  • Governor DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-80, which requires those who travel to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state. (3/23/20)
  • The Space Coast Zagster bike-share service has been temporarily suspended at the City’s three stations at Manatee Sanctuary Park, City Hall Plaza and Canaveral City Park. (3/23/20)
  • DEP closed all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. (3/23/20)
  • Waste Pro + US Laws City services will continue as normal (3/20/20)
  • City Parks
    • All public bathrooms are closed
    • Portable restroom units have been delivered in place of these facilities
      • Portable units will be serviced twice weekly
    • City Parks will remain open at this time (3/20/20)
  • Code Enforcement
    • Completing virtual inspections similar to other municipalities 
    • Agents continue to drive around the community: daily, nightly + weekend shifts
    • Agents continue to monitor for code compliance
    • Agents are assisting with beach parking compliance (3/20/20)
  • Brevard County Government Closes Facilities to Public; Services Continue
    • Includes local Libraries  (3/20/20)
  • Governor DeSantis issues Executive Order 20-71 directing restaurants to suspend on-premise food/alcohol sales, but may operate for delivery/take-out. Additionally, this EO requires gymnasium and fitness center closures statewide. (3/20/20)
  • Canaveral Fire & Rescue (3/19/20)
    • Beach Wheelchair Delivery + Pickup has been suspended
    • No longer taking blood pressure at Stations
    • Sharps can still be dropped off; ensure the boxes are taped and ring the doorbell. Crews will retrieve it from outside and give a new one outside.
  • City Hall services will be available online and via phone. City Hall and the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex buildings will be closed to the public. Tennis, racquetball and shuffleboard courts will remain open. For assistance with City Hall matters, please call (321) 868-1220. For assistance with Leisure Services matters, please call (321) 863-9022. (3/19/20)
  • Remote Learning for Brevard Schools to Start 3/30/20 (3/18/20)
  • Governor Issues Executive Order 20-68 (3/17/20)
  • City of Cape Canaveral Declares State of Emergency (3/16/20)
  • Brevard County Declares State of Emergency (3/14/20)
  • National State of Emergency (3/13/20)
  • Florida State of Emergency (3/11/20)

Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparedness

  1. Prepare: 

2. Respond: Information and News from Reliable Sources

  • The City will disseminate the most information and news via Twitter, then to other social media channels and our website. 
  • Emergency Notification System
    • The City provides emergency text notifications via Everbridge. You will need to register or re-register your phone number and/or email address following the instructions below. 
    • For cell phone alerts: Text 32920 to 888777. You will receive a confirmation via text. Text “STOP” at any time to cancel. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
  • School Closures
    In the event of an emergency, the superintendent of Brevard Public Schools (BPS) is the only person who will give the directive that schools are to close. BPS will communicate the closure to parents, teachers and staff through their rapid notification system. This will come in the form of voicemail and email. Subscribers to the BPS mobile app will also receive a push notification and those who have registered their cell phone number will receive a text message.

Here are some additional resources and helpful links:

We also strongly encourage you to follow Brevard County Emergency Management on social media for any updates:

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the City of Cape Canaveral and the COVID-19 outbreak please refer to the following link: 

City of Cape Canaveral COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

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