The City of Altamonte Springs is closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working diligently and carefully to make decisions to minimize the impact on our residents.
To ensure we are agile and able to respond as this health circumstance evolves, we have declared a Local State of Emergency for the City. This Local State of Emergency will remain in effect for the next seven days and may be extended by Executive Order as necessary in seven-day increments. Being prepared and proactive rather than reactive is essential.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “Based on the recommendations of our health officials here in the state of Florida, I am recommending to local municipalities and private entities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings in the state of Florida. Taking proactive measures will help us flatten the curve of this.”
The State of Florida has allocated $82 million to Seminole County in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, which are intended to address the economic consequences due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners has approved Seminole CARES, a comprehensive relief package supporting County businesses, residents, not-for-profits, and local government entities.
Seminole CARES proposes 100% of the initial disbursement of CARES Act funds from the State of Florida be allocated towards the County businesses, residents and not-for-profits hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County Commission has allocated $10 million towards Seminole CARES Small Business Grants, $7 million towards Seminole CARES Individual Grants, and up to $3 million towards Seminole CARES Not-For-Profit Grants.
For more information, visit www.SeminoleCares.com.
The City now offers additional recreational activities including baseball, basketball and softball clinics, baseball and softball drop-in play and adult beach volleyball. Online registration begins for fall recreation programs including baseball, softball, flag football and cheerleading.
Online registration is now open for the activities listed below. Day-of and walk-up reservations are subject to availability.
- Outdoor Pool Season Pass – Limited access to water fitness classes, lap swim, masters swimming, swim team and open swim times
- Baseball/Softball/Tennis – One-on-one private instruction and lessons for youth
- Pickleball – Drop-in play
City Park Amenities
City parks are open with all park amenities for public use. Park visitors are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols.
- Basketball and racquetball courts are available for play with capacity limits.
- All playgrounds and pavilions are open. Reservations are not accepted at this time.
- The Library is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In order to maintain social distancing and cleanliness protocols, computer usage is limited to one-hour intervals. To reserve a computer, call (407) 571-8840 or see the circulation desk staff. Classes and story times are canceled until further notice.
- The City Hall Complex, City Clerk buildings are open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Westmonte Recreation Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face coverings are required inside all City facilities and buildings.
- COPS Center fingerprinting services are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday by appointment only. Walk-ins are not accepted. Starting Tuesday, September 8 at 8 a.m., appointments for October 1 through December 31, 2020 will become available. Visit the COPS webpage for more information.
Altamonte Springs has suspended disconnection for nonpayment for the duration of the Local State of Emergency. Payments can be made in person, by phone or online. For more information, visit the Utility Billing webpage.
The City is experiencing a significant increase in residential waste as more families and telecommuters are home. Some residents may experience a slight delay in trash collection. Please do your part by having your cans curbside by 7 a.m. on your normal refuse collection day. The City will collect your trash as soon as possible.
To aid businesses and residential properties with construction, the City is offering licensed contractors expanded use of the Virtual Inspections program. This program utilizes online video conferencing to allow inspectors to remotely view the site using a webcam controlled by the owner or contractor. For more information, visit the Virtual Inspections webpage.
All residents are encouraged to follow established CDC hygiene guidelines:
- Limit movement and personal interactions outside of your home as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and practice “social distancing.”
- Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discarding the tissue.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
It will take all of us working together to slow the spread of this virus and lessen its impact on our community. For the latest updates and information, visit:
- Seminole County Emergency Management | www.PrepareSeminole.org
- Florida Department of Health | Florida COVID-19 Data & Surveillance Dashboard
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention | www.CDC.gov/coronavirus/
- World Health Organization | www.WHO.int
Last updated 9/18/2020