COVID-19 Update #7 – City of Orlando Supports Orange County to Enact Stay at Home Order
March 24, 2020 – Orlando, FL – Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings to support the enactment of an emergency Stay at Home order requiring residents to stay in their homes and the closure of non-essential businesses to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“The virus does not spread alone, we spread the virus,” said Mayor Dyer in a news conference today announcing the order. “These decisions are not made lightly and we know they will have continued economic and emotional impacts on our community, but we must continue to act now to save lives.”
The county mandate will go into effect March 26, at 11 p.m. and continue for two weeks through Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11 p.m. The order prohibits things like visiting other people’s homes (except to provide care or supplies), gatherings of more than 10 people and closes all non-essential establishments, including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses.
Under the county-wide emergency order, essential services will continue to be provided and residents will be allowed to conduct essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking their pet for a walk.
The collaborative announcement between the regional leaders further emphasizes the need to take serious actions and measures to suppress the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
“It is our goal that by aggressive action we will help minimize how many people are impacted by this virus and then how quickly residents and businesses can recover financially, said Mayor Dyer. “This is a challenge unlike any we’ve seen before, but I know Orlando is up to it.”
The City of Orlando continues to monitor this ever-evolving situation and will continue to update the City’s website dedicated to the city’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) at orlando.gov/covid19 with the latest information.