Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of New Smyrna Beach is actively monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with our county, state, and federal public health partners. On Mar. 17, the City Commission adopted an emergency declaration to allow for work without adherence to regular procedures and invoke emergency related mutual aid assistance. On Mar. 24, the declaration was set to run concurrently with the Volusia County Council’s emergency declaration.

City Commission adopts mask mandate during July 1 special meeting

At their July 1 special meeting, the City Commission voted 3-2 to adopt Resolution No. 23-20 mandating the wearing of face coverings in public. Of note, the resolution will not be enforced by police nor carry any penalties for non-compliance.

The resolution also encourages businesses to prohibit entry of any persons not wearing a face covering except for those:

  • under the age of two years
  • observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
  • working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with others, maintain social distancing from others, or where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
  • exercising while maintaining social distancing
  • eating or drinking
  • hearing impaired who needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering to communicate

Public safety, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel will be governed by the personal protective equipment requirements of their respective agencies.

First suggested during the commission’s June 23 regular meeting, discussion on a citywide resolution addressing face coverings in public continued at a June 30 special meeting until there was agreement among the elected representatives to set an additional special meeting on July 1 to adopt one.

The resolution takes effect immediately and shall automatically expire upon termination of the city’s emergency declaration, adopted on Mar. 17, 2020.

In its original form, the resolution’s language “encouraged” the use of face coverings but then changed to “mandate” at the request of commissioners to emphasize how important they feel the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is to New Smyrna Beach residents and visitors. 

As of noon on July 1, confirmed cases in Florida numbered 156,288 with 6,563 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. To date, there have been 45 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19.

In other action, Mayor Russ Owen reported sending an e-mail on behalf of the City Commission to the Volusia County Council requesting the closure of beaches ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend to slow community spread in New Smyrna Beach. The request was not approved, citing preventative measures already implemented by county government to promote adequate social distancing.

Watch video replay of the meeting below and read the full text of Resolution No. 23-20 here.

Assistance Programs

Volusia County has several COVID-19 assistance programs available for residents. Programs include the Small Business Grant, Non-profit Grant, Rental Assistance, Mortgage Assistance and summer camp scholarships.

Volusia County’s Human Services Office is sponsoring a summer food service program from May 18 through Aug. 14 to provide free breakfast and lunch for children ages 18 and under. Over 50 sites have been established for the program, which provides nutritionally balanced meals during summer break when schools are closed.

PPE supply kits for businesses to be distributed in NSB on July 8

Volusia County Council’s allocations of $1 million in CARES Act recovery funds for a personal protective equipment (PPE) initiative is providing local businesses additional resources in their efforts to reopen safely.

As part of the Relaunch Volusia campaign, the county has purchased protective equipment in bulk quantities, which the local chambers of commerce will assemble in to approximately 7,000 supply kits. Kits will include masks, gloves, sanitizer, paper towels and cleaning products.

PPE kits will be distributed through the Volusia County Chamber Alliance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on dates and locations as follows:

  • July 6: Port Orange South Daytona Chamber, 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave.
  • July 7: Daytona Regional Chamber, 126 E. Orange Ave.
  • July 8: 115 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach
  • July 9: Ormond Performing Arts Center, 339 U.S. 1; The Center at Deltona, 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • July 10: Wayne G. Sanborn Activity & Events Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., Deland

Businesses may receive up to two kits and must prove eligibility with a business card indicating they represent a Volusia County business, as well as sign that they received the product. Businesses may visit any site. For additional information, call (386) 248-8048.

To help protect residents from the coronavirus, Volusia County Government will distribute 119,000 surgical face masks beginning Thursday, July 9.

Residents may stop by these locations and pick up two masks per person during regular operating hours:

  • Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona
  • Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach
  • Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach
  • Pierson Town Hall, 106 S. Center St., Pierson
  • DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand
  • Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
  • John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach
  • New Smyrna Beach Housing Authority, 600 Greenlawn St., New Smyrna Beach
  • Salvation Army, 1240 S. High St., DeLand

Additionally, Votran has received 100,000 face masks, which staff has already begun distributing to riders and residents. These masks are available on buses and at Votran’s Transfer Plaza, 207 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach; and the Votran administrative office, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.

The mask giveaway is part of the Step Up Volusia program, a countywide initiative to reinforce the continuing need for residents to practice hand-washing, physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

The face masks were provided by the State of Florida.

Businesses

To assist local restaurants get back to work in compliance with the Governor’s plan to reopen Florida, the City of New Smyrna Beach is providing the following process to temporarily expand outdoor seating options.

  1. Develop an outdoor seating plan to include layout, total number of added seats, temporary fencing or barricades, and handicapped access. It can be as simple as a sketch, and no fees or forms are required.
  2. E-mail the plan to planning@cityofnsb.com.
  3. Staff will review the plan for fire code and other safety concerns.
  4. Receive temporary outdoor seating permit via e-mail upon approval.
  5. A building inspector or city planner will review final setup onsite.

Please contact planning@cityofnsb.com or call (386) 410-2835 for further details.

Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Short-term vacation rentals in Volusia County have the green light to reopen after the state approved Volusia’s safety plan that the rental businesses must follow to ensure the welfare of their guests.

Vacation rentals across Florida have been shut down since the end of March as one of many emergency measures taken by Governor Ron DeSantis to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. With a phased reopening of the state now under way, the Governor last Friday authorized counties to seek permission to allow vacation rentals in their county to resume operations. To get state approval, counties are required to submit a plan outlining measures that vacation rentals will follow to ensure the safety of their guests. The Volusia County Council approved a safety plan on Tuesday and emailed it the same day to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) for review. The county was notified a short while ago that the plan has been approved.

“Based on the Department’s review of the safety plan for vacation rental operations that accompanied your request, Volusia County has established the necessary plans for operation of vacation rentals at this time,” DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears wrote in a letter to the county. “Accordingly, I approve the operation of vacation rentals in Volusia County pursuant to the plans as submitted.”

Volusia County joins 37 other counties in Florida that have received authorization from the state to allow vacation rental businesses in their counties to open back up. Volusia County’s safety plan for vacation rentals includes a series of mandatory cleanliness and sanitation guidelines, such as requirements to:

  • Clean and disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces in the property between each guest stay.
  • Wash all linens, dishware and other service items available for use by guests between each guest rental.
  • Maintain adequate time between the conclusion of a guest stay and the check-in of the next guest to allow for appropriate cleaning and sanitation.
  • Minimize direct guest contact with property owners or managers through remote check-in and check-out procedures.

Under the plan, which takes effect immediately, vacation rental reservations from areas identified by executive order of the Governor which require isolation or quarantine must be for periods longer than the mandated quarantine period. Guests occupying those vacation rentals must adhere to the quarantine restrictions.

“The idea there is to prevent somebody from moving and traveling to a different location while they’re supposed to be isolated or quarantined,” Interim County Attorney Mike Dyer explained at Tuesday’s County Council meeting where the safety plan was adopted.

In addition, property owners or managers are required to provide a copy of the safety plan to occupants prior to their arrival. The county will report any complaints of a property owner, property manager or occupant failing to comply with any provision of the plan to DBPR – the agency responsible for enforcing the business regulations. Volusia County’s safety plan can be viewed by clicking here.

Testing

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, in partnership with the City of New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County Schools, will stand up the city’s first novel coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru testing site in the north bus loop at Chisholm Elementary School June 16 through June 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting and while supplies last.

Testing will be available to anyone at no cost regardless of whether they are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, though a parent or guardian must accompany minors to provide consent for testing. Walk-up testing will not be available at this site.

To access the testing site from U.S. 1 (S. Dixie Freeway), turn west on to Wayne Avenue and then left on to Arnau Drive.

Department of Health staff will use nasal swabs to conduct the tests and then convey results, whether positive or negative, by calling the telephone number provided during registration within 7 business days.

Get through the line faster by pre-registering today and learn more by calling the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at (386) 274-0500 and pressing # for COVID-19 information.

Transportation & Travel

Mandatory Self-Isolation, Airport Travel

Governor DeSantis has directed all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York tri-state area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from their time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes persons entering Florida by roadways.

  • The Executive Order does not apply in individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training, and any othe ractivity or program approved by their educational institution.
  • All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care, and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.
  • Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the cirus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

Each arriving traveler or responsible family member must complete an Airport Travel Form. Pursuant to Executive Order 20-80 (and its extension effective June 5 in Executive Order 20-139) and the Florida Department of Health declaration of a Public Health Emergency, the State Health Officer and Surgeon General can order any individual to be examined, tested, vaccinated, treated, isolated, or quarantined for COVID-19. Any isolation or quarantine order issued pursuant to section 318.00315, Florida Statutes, shall be enforceable by injunction filed in a Florida Circuit Court. Failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order by the Florida Department of Health is a second-degree misdemeanor. Failure to fill out this form is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes.

Please contact the COVID-19 Call Center, available 24 hours a day, at COVID-19@flhealth.gov or (866) 779-6121 for further details.

Continuing Flight Operations

“Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE as adopted in Executive Order 20-91, Flight Instruction is an essential function under Transportation and Logistics, page ten (10).

  • Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.
  • Air transportation employees including air traffic controllers and maintenance personnel, ramp workers, aviation and aerospace safety, security, and operations personnel and accident investigations.
  • Workers who support the operation, distribution, maintenance, and sanitation, of air transportation for cargo and passengers, including flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, those responsible for cleaning and disinfection, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers.

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