On the afternoon of March 11, 2020, Mayor Megan Sladek joined Governor Ron DeSantis and Chairman Jay Zembower of the Board of County Commissioners by declaring a state of emergency in response to the Novo Coronavirus or COVID-19.
The declaration allows the City of Oviedo to waive formal procedures, which may be required by City policy or law. The waving of such procedures allows City Administration and First Responders to act more flexibly and quickly should the need arise.
SEminole County Social Distancing Order
Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:00a.m., Seminole County’s Social Distancing Order allows businesses to remain open pending the following conditions:
a) All employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart;
b) Group meeting and/or training sizes must be limited to ten (10) people or less;
c) Limit occupancy to 30% of the maximum allowable capacity under the fire code, for non-residential, non-medical, and non-lodging uses; and
d) Checkout points and staging areas, including store fronts, must be monitored for social distancing requirements by means of marking floors or similar actions to maintain six (6) feet distance between customers.
Businesses that do not comply with this Order on a consistent basis are subject to monetary fines up to $500 per occurrence. Repeat violations could result in mandatory closure pursuant to Section 72.6(b)(1)(F), Seminole County Code, and other applicable Florida Statutes. Can be enforcement by code enforcement and law enforcement officials.
This Order does not apply to first responders, healthcare/medical workers, veterinarian staff, shelter/rehab staff, utility providers, food service workers, childcare providers, transit and construction.
Recently, the CDC revised their advisory, and suggested that individuals and event organizers postpone gatherings of 10 individuals or more and have advised individuals to protect themselves by:
- Washing hands for 20 seconds after using the restroom, after coughing, and after sneezing.
- When unable to wash hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth during coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you do not have a tissue, please cough away from people into your arm.
- Wipe down work spaces, the interior of vehicles, hand tools, cell phones, and other commonly touched surfaces with an alcohol-based disinfecting product several times per day.
- Practicing common sense social distancing, especially from those who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as, fever, cough, and shortness of breath, isolate yourself and stay in touch with your doctor or a health professional by phone before you get medical care. If you are symptomatic and experience a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19.
City Facility, Events, and program closures
Effective 5:00 PM, Friday, March 20, 2020, the City of Oviedo will be limiting public access to City Hall, the City Hall Annex, Public Safety, Fire Stations, Fire Administration, and Public Works until further notice. Previously closed recreation buildings will remain closed, and City events will remain suspended through May 9. City operations and services will continue as usual during this time, and City operators will be on duty to assist you at 407-971-5555.
All playgrounds in Oviedo City Parks are now closed until further notice. Greenspace is still available for use and the City urges everyone to follow guidelines for personal hygiene and social distancing to protect yourself and others. We encourage you to enjoy the outdoors individually or in small groups, but not close together or in groups of 10 or more.
Oviedo Fire Rescue will continue normal operations providing Fire and EMS services to Oviedo and the surrounding community.
Effective March 20, 2020, the Fire Administration Building, Fire Station 44/46 and Fire Station 48 are temporarily closed to visitors until further notice.
In a continued effort to protect the community and your firefighters, Oviedo Fire Rescue is temporarily postponing certain community outreach programs including blood pressure checks, station tours and visits, unit displays at events, and smoke detector installations in the home.
Our sharps exchange program procedures will temporarily be changed to the following:
- If possible please hold on to your sharps containers until we return to normal operations.
- If you are unable to do so, call 407-971-5611 during normal business hours to schedule a drop off time and location.
- Please do not leave containers outside of the Fire Administration Building or the Fire Stations until arrangements have been made to do so.
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝟵𝟭𝟭 - 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. Our Emergency Communications Center team will ask you certain health specific questions to ensure personal protective equipment is worn as needed. We thank you for working with us and know we are here for you.
city Utility Information
The Oviedo Utilities Department will cease any water disconnects for non-payment and charge of late fees until further notice. Residents will still be billed as usual for usage and accumulate charges to their account. Customers should pay whatever they can to minimize cost accrual.
Additionally, the City of Oviedo will be suspending walk-in, face-to-face utility payments. Payments may be dropped off in the utility payment box in front of City Hall, may be called in via telephone at 407-971-5535, or may be made online at http://cityofoviedo.net/137/Online-Payments. If you have questions, utility customer service may be reached by phone at 407-971-5535 or via email at email@example.com. The emergency on-call utility line remains staffed at 407-971-5675.
WHAT TO FLUSH
The City of Oviedo reminds customers that only toilet paper should be flushed; sewer systems are designed to take away wastewater from sinks and baths and take away toilet paper and human waste flushed down the toilet. Items such as disposable wipes, paper towels, tissues, disposable diapers, feminine products, cotton balls, bandages, prescriptions, cleaning wipes or trash of any kind can create blockages in sewers or damage to the environment by putting it down the toilet.
Despite being advertised as “flushable,” disposable wipes are not meant to be disposed of in a toilet.
Updated 3/27/2020 9:17 AM