COVID-19 Update #7 – City of Orlando Supports Orange County to Enact Stay at Home Order

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 with the latest information.

Coronavirus: How small businesses in Florida can apply for aid Florida has $50 million for interest-free loans to small businesses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers loans of up to $2 million.

Source: Tampa Bay news

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down business statewide, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week made $50 million available to small businesses in the state hurt by the disaster.

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

“Gathering information about the impact COVID-19 has on Florida businesses and industries will be invaluable to the state’s efforts in coordinating our response,” said Governor DeSantis. “It is important that we understand the total impact COVID-19 has on businesses to ensure that we access the resources that may be available.”

The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at

“Under Governor DeSantis’ direction, the state of Florida has maintained contact with our business partners throughout the state in order to develop a proactive response for COVID-19 business impacts,” said Florida DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson. “We need feedback from all Florida businesses to provide comprehensive information about the impacts of COVID-19 to our partners at the federal level.”

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a State of Emergency for COVID-19 and directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate the Florida Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to a Level II, to coordinate the state’s response to COVID-19. Last week, the governor issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the State Surgeon General to declare a public health emergency.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the state’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to