June 3, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis’ Phase 2 Recovery Executive Order (PDF)

Starting Friday, this executive Order allows Restaurants that serve alcohol and bars to open at 50% capacity.  This also allows groups of 50 people or less to gather.  
Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50%. with social distancing and proper sanitation.

Personal Services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage may operate with appropriate safety guidelines.  

Reopen Lake

Lake County Launches ‘Reopen Lake’ webpage 

to guide community through recovery


Tavares – Lake County launched its ‘Reopen Lake’ website,, outlining a detailed public health plan to guide residents, businesses and stakeholders through the recovery process. Reopen Lake is Lake County’s plan for restoring economic stability with special consideration to public health on our path to social normalcy and pandemic resilience.

The website gives visitors a clear understanding of the current phase set by Governor Ron DeSantis, while previewing expected criteria for future phases. The site will provide the latest information available regarding Lake County’s recovery plan with real-time updates, based on State and Federal orders and guidelines, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Community members are encouraged to adhere to the following guidelines through all phases.


  • Continue to adhere to State and local guidance as well as complementary CDC guidance, particularly with respect to face coverings.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
  • Strongly consider using face coverings while in public, and particularly when using mass transit.


Develop and implement appropriate policies, in accordance with Federal, State and local regulations and guidance, and informed by industry best practices, regarding:

  • Social distancing and protective equipment
  • Temperature checks
  • Testing, isolating, and contact tracing
  • Sanitation
  • Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
  • Business travel

This plan, along with our progress in the fight against COVID-19, is the result of collaborative efforts between Lake County government leaders, the Florida Department of Health, medical professionals, business owners, community leaders and residents.

We encourage community members to complete the public comment form at to provide feedback as we seek to continually update our plan in a manner that is inclusive, transparent and adaptive to the needs of the community. Additionally, if you are a provider of emergency resources or personal protection equipment, complete the form at to be added to our directory of available resources.

UPDATE: MAY 26, 2020

Beginning this week, the COVID-19 testing locations operated by Adult Medicine of Lake County will expand to include the following to locations in Fruitland Park and Astor:  Cales Memorial Multipurpose Soccer Field Recreation Complex, 500 Shiloh St., Fruitland Park - testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 and June 3  First Baptist Church of Astor, 24731 Ann St., Astor - testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 29

Adult Medicine’s testing locations will continue operations at the Lake County Fairgrounds and the Clermont Arts & Recreation Center located at:

 2101 N. County Road 452, Eustis – testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

 3700 S. Highway 27, Clermont – testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The FDA-approved swab or antibody tests will be administered to the public for $20, and the sites will be open to both residents and non-residents of Lake County.

Residents with symptoms who are unable to receive testing through their primary healthcare provider should call the Florida Department of Health Hotline at 352-742-4830. Callers who meet the criteria for testing will receive an appointment for free testing at a Lake County testing location. To sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit and follow Emergency Management at and For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999.

task force full reopening graphic

Executive Order 20-120 - Re-Opening of Barber Shops and Salons (PDF)

Information from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation:


Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons: 

  • All customers will be by appointment only.
  •  Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.  No group appointments are permitted. 
  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services. Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance: 
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation. 
  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment. 
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

Lake County Re-Opening Resolution (PDF)

May 1, 2020 Re-Opening Guidelines for businesses in Lake County

Governor Ron DeSantis laid out the first phase of re-opening Florida which includes the following information:

1. Schools will continue distance learning

2. Nursing homes and elder care facilities will continue to prohibit visitors

3. Hospitals may resume elective surgeries

4. Restaurants may resume outdoor seating, as well as indoor seating at 25% capacity, with social distancing (6 feet+) between tables

5. Retail may open at 25% capacity

6. No change for bars, movie theaters, gyms/fitness studios, hair salons and other personal services

7. Maintain social distancing guidelines otherwise, such as those for vulnerable populations, prohibiting groups larger than 10, and encouraging the use of face masks for any face-to-face interaction in public

In order to determine when Florida can move to phase two, the state will be watching overall health benchmarks, hospital capacity, and testing. The Governor emphasized that as long as capacity remains high and cases are not spiking, we should be able to move forward with phase two. It does not have to be “months” before moving to phase two, indicating it could be within a few weeks.

Governor’s Power Point (PDF)


Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide - COVID19 (PDF)

English (PDF)

Espanol (PDF)

There are forms available in the Lobby of City Hall and at the W.T. Bland Public Library (outside)

We realize there are long waits, sometimes days, to get through for Unemployment Benefits.  We also understand there are issues with the online process.  We wanted to provide you a way to print out and fill out the applications by hand.

Due to the staggering number of new unemployment claims submitted to CONNECT, Florida’s website for processing online applications, many applicants experienced errors and glitches that prevented them from filing successfully.

To address this problem, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has launched a new unemployment website that streamlines the application process. It also provides a much better experience for mobile users applying on their smartphone or tablet.

Early reviews of the new website indicate that users are not experiencing the same errors and glitches affecting the CONNECT website.

If you have any issues during the online application process, review the DEO’s list of frequently asked questions. The state has updated the list with questions about applying for benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

CareerSource Central Florida - COVID-19 Job Source Help

Receive State Text Updates on Coronavirus:

TEXT: FLCOVID19 TO 888 777

Lake CIL New Hours


Lake County Message to Residents (PDF) - April 20, 2020

Emergency Order 20-35 Adhering to Social Distancing (PDF)

Emergency Declaration Extension 2020-31 (PDF)

Emergency Order 2020-32 (PDF)

Emergency Order 2020-33 (PDF)

  • Resolution 2020-31: Extended Emergency Declaration of Local Emergency
  • Resolution 2020-32: Emergency Order regarding the protection of persons over the age of 65, or with serious underlying conditions and adherence to the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Resolution 2020-33: Emergency order requiring social distancing and adherence to the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19


(352) 742-4830

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Monday - Sunday

May 22, 2020 - Proclamation from President Donald J. Trump:

Our Nation mourns for every life lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and we share in the suffering of all those who endured pain and illness from the outbreak.  Through our grief, America stands steadfast and united against the invisible enemy.  May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 24, 2020.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-fourth.


Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-121 (PDF)

Extension of Executive Order 20-94 protection from mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief until June 2.

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-114 (PDF)

Extension of Emergency Declaration 20-52

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-112 (PDF)

Phase 1 Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-95 (PDF)

Paycheck protection Executive Order

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-94 (PDF)

Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-93 (PDF)

Remployment Assistance Program

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-91 (PDF)

Stay-At-Home Orders for the State of Florida

Florida League of Cities Breakdown of this Executive Order (PDF) FAQ

Govenor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-87 (PDF)

Vacation Rental Closures

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-86 (PDF)

Additional orders for those traveling to the State of Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-83 (PDF)

March 25, 2020 - Executive Order urging anyone 65 and older and people with underlying medical conditions to stay inside and issuing a public health advisory for groups of 10 or more gathering.

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-80 (PDF)

March 24, 2020 - Executive Order in regards to anyone visiting from the New York Tri-State area must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-71 (PDF)

March 20, 2020 - Executive Order in regards to Bars, Restaurants and Gyms.  Florida Business Suspensions (PDF)

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-69 (PDF)

March 20, 2020 Executive Order in regards to Local Government Meetings.

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-68 (PDF)

March 17, 2020 Executive Order in regards to bars, pubs and nightclubs.

All Executive Orders

April 14, 2020 - Driver License Extensions Issued

David W. Jordan announced today, under the authority Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 20-52 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and declaration of state of emergency, the extension and waiving of delinquency fees of certain licenses. Emergency Order 041320 from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles grants authority to the tax collector to extend certain driver license expirations and waive delinquency fees. These adjustments are as follows:

• The effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020 is extended by 60 days.

• The effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after April 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020 is extended by 30 days.

• The effective period of commercial driver licenses and commercial driver instructional permits with expiration on or after March 16, 2020 is extended until June 30, 2020.

• Waive through June 30, 2020, the requirements under section 322.59, Florida Statutes, that a person who holds a commercial driver license have a medical examination and certification, provided the commercial driver has proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.

• Delinquency fees for the licenses specified are to be waived.

Our Customer Information Center is equipped to answer questions regarding driver license renewals over the phone at 352-343-9602. Customers can also go online at

March 26, 2020 - The Office of the Lake County Tax Collector has issued a news release stating that the deadline for Property Taxes is extended from March 31 to April 15.  For more information please head to the Lake County Tax Collector Website

March 26, 2020 - The Florida Department of Emergency Management is urging people to shop responsibly when it comes to grocery shopping.  Please allow time for grocery stores to restock.  Only buy what your family needs and no more than a two week supply.


Tavares – The Lake County Office of Transit Services will temporarily suspend non-essential trips for Lake County Connection, the County’s paratransit service, beginning March 23. Transit Services will provide Transportation Disadvantaged door-to-door trips to medical locations, shopping for nutritional items, and to work or training locations. Recreational and other non-life sustaining trips will not be provided.

The Lake County Office of Transit Services is committed to ensuring that residents continue to receive public transportation, and modifications are being implemented to minimize the local impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Vehicle interiors are being cleaned and disinfected nightly with deep cleaning and sanitization on weekends.

For more information on Lake County Transit Services, visit For the latest County information regarding COVID-19 including available resources for businesses, visit


Beginning on Monday March 23, 2020, our Records Section will be closed until further notice. For public record requests, to include, copies of reports, please email the Administrative Services Manager, Brian Cash at

  • Fingerprinting services will be suspended until further notice

If you call for police services, please be prepared to answer standard health questions regarding any symptoms of COVID-19. This is for the safety of our officers and will allow our officers to wear protective equipment prior to making contact.

We request that if you need non-emergency police services, you meet our officers outside upon their arrival.

This notification is strictly for the safety of our employees and our citizens and will in no way effect the high quality of service you have come to know from our police department. We appreciate your cooperation and recommend everyone follow the mandates distributed by our public officials.

  • Chief Robert Bell


March 20, 2020

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, City Hall will remain open, but administrative offices will be working on minimal staffing to keep our employees safe. Employees will be utilizing plans and working from home.

Public Works staff will continue with daily maintenance duties.

Electric Crews will continue with daily maintenance duties.

All Parks will remain open to the public and facilities will be cleaned and maintained by Parks and Recreation staff.


Free meal distribution changing to 2 days per week, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No school Friday, April 10; students will receive extra food on Thursday, April 9

TAVARES -- Starting next week, free breakfasts and lunches for students will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Students will receive four meals on Tuesdays -- 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, they will receive 6 meals -- 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

The change, effective the week of April 13, lessens the amount of time employees are away from home while the state is under a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It also aims to make pickups easier for parents, some of whom have complained that daily pickups are disruptive to their new work-at-home and distance learning routines. 

Additionally, because Friday, April 10, is a pre-scheduled day off for students, no meals will be distributed that day. Instead, students will receive Friday’s meals and next Monday’s meals on Thursday, April 9. 

Food will continue to be distributed drive-through style or handed out to students who walk or ride bikes. It must be taken off-site to be eaten. 


Tavares – The Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity wants to make local businesses aware of the resources available to help mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has activated the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program for small businesses affected by the virus. Funding of up to $2 million is available for those who qualify. Businesses can view application criteria and apply online at

Small businesses can also apply for the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or the longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loan. This loan program provides short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 per eligible small business. Visit for additional information.

For assistance with both the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, area businesses should contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF in Lake County at (352) 404-7338 for the Groveland Office or (352) 602-4575 for the Mount Dora Office.

Follow the Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity’s Facebook page at for the latest updates. For the latest county information regarding COVID-19 and including available resources for businesses, visit


Resolution 2020-51, State of Local Emergency Stemming from the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was passed by the City Council on Tuesday, March 17th authorizing the Mayor, City Manager and City Attorney to work collectively to waive formalities to act quickly to ensure the City can continuously provide day-to-day operations with as little disruption as possible.


Based on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and federal, state and local agencies, Waste Management is taking necessary steps in response to social distancing recommendations, potential mitigation activity, and declared local states of emergency. Effective March 18, 2020, Waste Management is temporarily closing residential call centers to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Electronic customer communications are still available through email and live chat at WM is actively coordinating remote operations to serve our customers during this situation with the goal of resuming residential call handing as soon as possible.

 At this time, there is no impact to your scheduled residential collection service. For the most up-to-date service information, please visit

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. As circumstances change that may impact our ability to provide services as scheduled, we will provide updates to our customers and communities. The City of Mount Dora Public Works staff can still assist customers with requests. Residents should call 352-735-7151.


Mount Dora, Fla. (March 18, 2020) – The W.T. Bland Public Library will close Wednesday evening.

Out of an abundance of caution to our patrons, the W.T. Bland Public Library will be closing its doors starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8 p.m.  It will remain closed until further notice.

The Library had suspended events and programs to help with ‘social distancing’ for the public, and in consistency with Lake County closing other branches, the library in Mount Dora will do the same.  Late fines will be waived for all Lake County Library System materials during this time.

Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order (PDF)

March 17, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order regarding Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs.   The City of Mount Dora has no plans of expanding on this mandate.  The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions in the Executive Order.

Please see the link below for Executive Order 20-68 issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, March 17. 2020 regarding Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs:


Mount Dora, Fla. (March 18, 2020) – Out of abundance of caution, the City of Mount Dora is cancelling its Spring Break Camp and Before and After Care programs while school is out. The decision comes as a result of new direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Florida Department of Education announced  school facilities are to be closed and extracurricular activities suspended until April 15.  The City’s Spring Break Camp and Before and After Care programs operate out of the facility at Round Lake Charter School, and therefore will be cancelled as the school remains closed.

Families whose children were registered for these programs will receive a credit to their online registration account. The City will continue to keep families informed as updates become available.

Spring Break Camp was scheduled to take place the week of March 16-20. Before and After Care was scheduled to take place the week of March 23-27. Recreation programs in basketball and soccer and Library story times have also been postponed through March.

The City urges parents to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( and to follow their guidelines for staying healthy and limiting social interactions. Residents may also check the Florida Department of Health website ( or call the Department at 866-779-6121 for guidance specific to the state.

The health and wellness of children and families is a priority for the City. The City thanks the citizens for their patience during this time.

For more information, parents may contact Youth and Family Supervisor Megan Mathews at 352-630-9051 or Media inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Lisa McDonald at 352-459-3065 or


Mount Dora, Fla. (March 13, 2020) – This is a comprehensive overview of events and meetings postponed or cancelled in the City of Mount Dora.

The City wants to assure visitors and residents the specialty shops, restaurants and other professional services are open for business.  Check the business websites or call to find out their hours of operation.

City events have either been postponed or cancelled until April 3rd.  These include smaller events in the parks and/or alleyways and city streets, up to the larger festivals that shut down roads.  Other organized events that occur at places like the Simpson Farmhouse and Martin Luther King building are postponed until April.  Events at the W.T. Bland Public Library are cancelled, but it will remain open for book circulation. Again, businesses and restaurants throughout the city remain open.

At this time the City will not be renting any facilities for new events or parties through the month of March.

The following recreation programs have been postponed through March:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Babe Ruth has been advised to postpone through the month

All City Advisory Boards and Committee meetings are cancelled for the next two weeks.  Those board members have been advised of the cancellations.

City officials strongly discourage the public from attending the City Council Regular Agenda meeting to be held on March 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.  Because of COVID-19, social distancing is encouraged. The meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Should anyone from the public wish to submit questions or statements to the city, they can email Public Information Officer Lisa McDonald at and those comments and questions will be read and entered into the record.

We wish to thank our citizens for their patience during this time and encourage everyone to continue to visit the CDC website ( or contact the Florida Department of Health or 866-779-6121.

Mount Dora, Fla. (March 12, 2020) - Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Mount Dora is temporarily suspending events in the city.  The suspension affects the following: Downtown areas, including all city parks, Sunset Park downtown, alleyways and other city facilities and the W.T. Bland Public Library. 

The health and wellness of our residents and visitors is a priority for the city and following the guidelines set forth by the CDC for social distancing, the city believed the best practice would be to postpone events until a later date and time.

Taste In Mount Dora, along with the Mount Dora 110 celebration, which were scheduled for this coming weekend, have been postponed until a later date, which will be announced.

Spring Festival, which was a festival scheduled for the weekend of March 21-22, has been postponed until a later date as well.  For more information about the festival, please contact Visit Mount Dora.

All programming at the W.T. Bland Public Library for March has been cancelled, including the AARP Tax Aide program, which will be rescheduled for a later date.  The library will be open for book circulation.

“The City of Mount Dora will support and follow the recommendations of Lake County and our Governor as we navigate the challenges created by the Coronavirus,” said Mayor Cathy Hoechst. “We want our residents and visitors to feel safe when in Mount Dora, so at this time, we believe it to be prudent to postpone any gatherings that bring people together on our streets and parks.”

The city parks will remain open for the public to use, but all events scheduled at the parks are postponed.

The city urges residents and visitors to follow the CDC guidelines for staying healthy and limit social interactions, especially for those most vulnerable to the virus.  Citizens are urged to monitor the CDC at or contact the Florida Department of Health  at or 866-779-6121.

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health is responding to COVID-19.  The Department is issuing regular updates as information becomes available.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a public health emergency designating the Florida Department of Health as the lead state agency to coordinate an emergency response to coronavirus.

International Travel Advisory:

Florida Health officials said anyone who has a fever, shortness of breath and other symptoms of a respiratory illness within 14 days of traveling to some of the most affected areas that include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan should inform their doctor and local health department.  (Lake County Health Department for Lake County residents).  The same advisory applies to people who have been in close contact with anyone who recently traveled to severely impacted countries who show symptoms.

The City of Mount Dora is continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical care. Contact your health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

The Florida Department of Health’s Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1 (866) 779-6121 or by emailing

The CDC reminds everyone to practice proper hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of this and other respiratory illnesses like the flu. We encourage community members to:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning sprays or wipes.

The City of Mount Dora Maintenance Staff is taking extra precautions when it comes to cleaning our facilities.   This applies to all city parks, buildings and facilities.