The City of New Smyrna Beach is actively monitoring and responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in partnership with our county, state, and federal public health partners. Below are actions taken by city government as preventative measures against community spread of COVID-19.
Effective 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 and terminate at the same time as Volusia County’s state of emergency.
If you have questions about being tested for COVID-19, please read Volusia County Health Department’s Testing FAQ.
For Volusia County Government news releases and to see what measures other cities throughout Volusia County are taking, please visit the Volusia County Emergency Management Public Information Network.
City Departments & Services
Public boat ramps are closed effective Friday, Mar. 27 through Apr. 14, with an exception for commercial fishing vessels to use only the eastern ramps on North Causeway.
The following public amenities shall remain open until further notice:
- City parks and their related facilities | Dawn to Dusk
- New Smyrna Golf Club, 1000 Wayne Ave. | Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center (for at-risk youth only), 201 N. Myrtle Ave. | Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
City Marina is no longer accepting transient docking reservations through Apr. 30.
Normal staffing levels shall maintained, though citizens are strongly encouraged to access city services through e-mail and over the phone to promote social distancing. If a personal appointment is necessary, citizens must schedule an appointment with staff in advance. The city’s main customer service line is (386) 410-2800.
Individual 8 oz. hand sanitizer bottles have been issued to city employees for personal use. For public safety, maintenance operations, and other personnel whose regular duties bring them into direct contact with the public, surgical masks are on request and daily health checks shall be performed at the start of each shift to ascertain fitness for duty.
The following events have been canceled through Apr. 30.
- Public meetings in City Hall and other municipal venues, except for City Commission regular meetings on Apr. 14 & 28 and a Charter Review Committee regualr meeting on Apr. 23
- New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex events
- All functions hosting 10 or more people in public event venues (e.g. Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center, Brannon Center, Coronado Civic Center, Live Oak Cultural Center, Woman’s Club of New Smyrna)
- New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market
- Canal Street Classic Car Show
- New Smyrna Beach Antique & Vintage Market
All fees collected by the city for affected special event permits may be either refunded or credited toward a future event.
Effective Friday, Mar. 27, the City of New Smyrna Beach’s public boat ramps will close until Tuesday, Apr. 14 with exemptions for boating activities including commercial fishing, charter companies, and boat dealership sales & service at North Causeway Boat Ramp-Eastside only.
This preventative measure comes after city commissioners approved the closures to slow community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at their Mar. 24 regular meeting.
Affected boat ramps include:
- Swoope Boat Ramp, 2455 Boat Ramp Dr.
- North Causeway Boat Ramp-Eastside
- North Causeway Boat Ramp-Westside
Vehicles and tow trailers parked at these boat ramps will still be required to pay regular fees or possess a current annual pass as required.
Boaters should avoid Disappearing Island and other sand bars that attract crowds. The Volusia Sheriff’s Office will closely monitor the ramps and popular boater sites for crowds and congestion. Boat ramps will be closed and sand bars cleared if crowd control and social distancing measures are not followed.
The New Smyrna Beach City Commission will discuss extending or lifting the ramp closures at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 210 Sams Ave.
Bars, Restaurants & Gyms
On Mar. 20, Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71 PDF Download for alcohol sales, restaurants, and gyms.
The city is allowing restaurants to use signs in front of their business for pickup utilizing two parking spaces.
If you believe any business is operating contrary to the Governor’s PDF Download Executive Orders, please report the information here Version OptionsCoronavirus (COVID-19)Headline.
Volusia County will continue to keep all vehicular beach access ramps closed indefinitely due to COVID-19. The county encourages people to stay at home and consider self-isolating. Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division will continue to monitor beachgoers to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines.
Staff is observing the beach, especially in high-populated areas, and will be making adjustments as necessary to reduce the number of people on the beach. The number of available parking spaces in county off-beach parking lots have been reduced and lots could be temporarily closed as circumstances dictate. High tides occur this weekend at mid-day, which decrease the width of our beach.
The county continues to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility. The well-being and safety of the community depends on residents and visitors.
Why hasn’t the city closed any beaches?
Beaches are controlled and maintained by Volusia County Government, not the City of New Smyrna Beach. Should the Volusia County Council approve closing beaches, City Manager Khalid Resheidat is authorized to close city-owned off-beach parking lots with immediate effect.
For further information and other COVID-19 news releases, please visit the Volusia County Emergency Management Public Information Network.
The COVID-19 virus is deactivated quickly using Florida rule compliant chlorine or bromine concentrations in pools and spas. There is no evidence it can be spread by the water per World Health Organization and the CDC. Also more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of handrails/ladders, restrooms, door handles, gates and furniture is suggested to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please visit Water Transmission and COVID-19 for further details.
There is not a mandatory requirement to close a pool by the state of Florida. The Governor’s recent Executive Order does not discuss pools but does address beaches with a gathering of 10 persons maximum and social (physical) distancing of 6 feet to aid in preventing spread of the virus.
The pool owner currently has the discretion to determine if they should implement this public health social (physical) distancing recommendation. If the pool is left open for patrons to use for cooling down or for exercise, the chairs on the pool deck could be removed to discourage groups of over 10 people gathering together.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey has been activated by the Governor’s Office to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida local business operations. After filling out the survey, federal, state, or local agencies may reach out to you about business relief services and programs, such as Small Business Administration loans of up to $2 million available for small businesses without credit available elsewhere to help pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses.
External Information Resources
Other Government Agencies
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Florida Department of Health
- Volusia County Health Department
- Volusia County Emergency Management Public Information Network
- Utilities Commission New Smyrna Beach
- Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Global Cases Desktop version | Mobile version
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard