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Community Impacts & Restrictions

Impacts for Residents & Businesses

We encourage our residents to follow all of the guidelines, executive orders and policies issued by Federal, State, County and City agencies. These restrictions are set with the goal of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communicates. Different restrictions are issued by different governing bodies so we have compiled a list of the current impacts that have been designated for our community. 

Curfew

  • The Executive Policy Group for Osceola County met on Friday, March 20 and voted to enact a curfew for Osceola County for the hours of 11 pm until 5 am until further notice.

  • Only those required to go out for work, and essential personnel like medical and government workers, will be allowed to be out between 11 pm and 5 am. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, Kissimmee Police Department and St. Cloud Police Department will be enforcing this curfew.

Stay-At-Home Ordinance

On March 25, 2020, the Executive Police Group of Osceola County issued Executive Order 20-02 requiring the closure of non-essential businesses and for residents to stay at home except for essential activities. Below we will summarize many of the major points of the document. For a complete list of all restricted activities and essential businesses, please refer to the Emergency Order.

  • Non-Essential Travel & Safety Measures: Essential activities that individuals may leave their homes for include

  • Basic Needs: Visiting a health or veterinary care professional, obtaining medical supplies or medication, obtaining financial or legal services, obtaining food, grocery items or other household consumer products and products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or buildings (whether commercial, office or industrial), for personal  use or for use by others, including, without limitation, services related to providing food, groceries, household products, health services, shelter, care or assistance to minors, the elderly, dependents, persons with disabilities, other persons needing assistance, friends, family members, pets or animals; attendance at public meetings or other government purposes; and for other like or similar purposes related to any of the foregoing.
     

  • Physical Activity & Exercise: Engaging in outdoor activities and recreation, including, without limitation, golfing, walking, hiking, running, cycling, using scooters, roller skates, skateboards, or other personal mobility devices.
     

  • Travel Related to Basic Needs & Physical Activity: Travel to and from an individual’s principal residence or domicile related to any of the basic needs described in Section 1(a) above, or physical activity and exercise described in Section 1(b) above.
     

  • Travel Related to the Provision or Receipt of Essential Services: Travel necessary for the provision or receipt of essential services described in Section 2, including employees, volunteers, and service recipients of these services.  
     

  • Other Travel: Travel to and from transportation facilities or hubs, airports, bus and train stations, and travel to return home from outside jurisdictions.

  • Non-Essential Business and Essentail Business
     

    • ​All non-essential retail and commercial businesses are hereby ordered temporarily closed including but not limited to whether indoors or outdoors, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children's play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations

       

    • The following retail and commercial businesses  are deemed essential, and may remain open:​

      • (1)    Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies, veterinarians and animal care providers;
         

      • (2)    Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences;
         

      • (3)    Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
         

      • (4)    Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals. Hotels, motels and other housing providers;
         

      • (5)    Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
         

      • (6)    Gas stations;
         

      • (7)    Auto-supply, auto-repair, related facilities, and towing services; 
         

      • (8)    Banks and related financial institutions;
         

      • (9)    Hardware and home improvement stores;
         

      • (10)    Licensed contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures;
         

      • (11)    Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
         

      • (12)    Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
         

      • (13)    Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements under Federal, State or Local Emergency Orders. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;
         

      • (14)    Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home;
         

      • (15)    Businesses that sell medical equipment and supply providers. Also, businesses that supply other essential businesses with support and supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public;
         

      • (16)    Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences; 
         

      • (17)    Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train;
         

      • (18)    Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
         

      • (19)    Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities;
         

      • (20)    Legal or accounting services and notaries public;
         

      • (21)    Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services, and maintenance of property, equipment and grounds of businesses whether or not currently open to the public;
         

      • (22)    Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Emergency Executive Order to work, as permitted. To the extent practical, childcare facilities shall operate under the following mandatory conditions:

        • ​a.    Childcare shall take place in stable groups of ten (10) or fewer people (inclusive of childcare providers for the group);

        • b.    Children and childcare providers shall not change from one group to another; and

        • c.    If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room, and groups shall not mix or interact with each other;
           

      • ​(23)    Businesses operating at an airport, government facility, or government office;
         

      • (24)    Pet supply stores;
         

      • (25)    Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers; 
         

      • (26)    Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications, to include private security businesses;
         

      • (27)    Providers of propane or natural gas;
         

      • (28)    Construction sites, irrespective of the type of building;
         

      • (29)    Architectural, engineering, and land surveying services;
         

      • (30)    Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses;
         

      • (31)    Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste;
         

      • (32)    Businesses interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means; 
         

      • (33)    Businesses delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services; 
         

      • (34)    Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above listed essential retail or commercial business activities; 
         

      • (35)    In addition to essential businesses listed above, any individuals that are employed in or working to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors as more particularly described at http://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19.  This link identifies a number of critical infrastructure sectors as vital to the United States including (1) healthcare and public benefits, (2) transportation systems  and logistics, (3) communications, (4) water and wastewater, (5) food and agriculture, (6) nuclear reactors, hazardous materials and waste, (7) other governmental facilities, operations and essential functions, (8) energy, (9) financial services, (10) commercial facilities, (11) emergency services, (12) defense industrial base,  (13) critical manufacturing, (14) chemical, and (15) information technology.   This exception only applies to individuals working in one of these critical infrastructure sectors while or during the course of employment in and performing their work in that sector. 
         

    • This Order does not affect or limit the operations of Osceola County, any municipality, the Osceola County School District, any educational institution, whether public or private, or Federal office or facility, or any public utility, except that such entities shall endeavor to abide by the prohibitions or restrictions of any County, municipal, State or Federal Emergency Order, as applicable.
       

    • This Order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present performing services at any location where an essential business is being conducted or operated, except as expressly set forth herein or otherwise governed by a State or Federal Order or regulation. Employers and employees of such essential businesses are urged to practice social distancing, such as keeping at least six (6) feet apart and limiting group size to less than ten (10) people.
       

    • This Order does not limit religious or funeral services at any location, but all persons leading, performing or attending religious or funeral services are urged to fully comply with all measures advised by the CDC, including limiting gatherings to not more than ten (10) people and practicing social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons.

Restaurants & Bars

On March 17, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-68, restricting restaurant operations and ordered the closing of bars for 30 days. On March 20, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71, which extended restrictions to suspend on-premesis food consumption at restaurants and bars. 

 

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation should be contacted at (850) 487-1395 or online regarding any questions concerning these Executive Orders.

  • The sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers has been suspended. Businesses may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises.

  • All restaurants and food establishments must suspend on-premises food consumption for customers. However, restaurants may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services.

  • Restaurants must implement employee screening and prohibit any employee from entering the restaurant if they meet any of the following criteria: 

  1. Any person who has been infected with COVID-19 and have not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours. 

  2. Any person showing, presenting symptoms of, or disclosing the presence of a respiratory infection including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.

  3. Any person who has been in contact with any person(s) known to be infected with COVID-19, who has not yet tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. 

  4. Any person who traveled through any airport within the last 14 days.

  5. Any person who traveled on a cruise ship within the last 14 days.

Gyms & Fitness Centers

  • Gyms and fitness centers must suspend operation unless they meet one of the following criteria:​
     

    • They are an amenity of a hotel which has a capacity of 10 persons or less.

    • They are an amenity of a residential building.

    • They are interior to any fire or police station.

    • They are located inside any single-occupant office building.