The City of Altamonte Springs is closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working diligently and carefully to make decisions to minimize the impact on our residents.
To ensure we are agile and able to respond as this health circumstance evolves, we have declared a Local State of Emergency for the City. This Local State of Emergency will remain in effect for the next seven days and may be extended by Executive Order as necessary in seven-day increments. Being prepared and proactive rather than reactive is essential.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “Based on the recommendations of our health officials here in the state of Florida, I am recommending to local municipalities and private entities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings in the state of Florida. Taking proactive measures will help us flatten the curve of this.”
The City is experiencing a significant increase in residential waste as more families and telecommuters are home. Some residents may experience a slight delay in trash collection. Please do your part by having your cans curbside by 7 a.m. on your normal refuse collection day. The City will collect your trash as soon as possible.
Don’t Flush Wipes
The City is urging residents to throw wipes in the trash, NOT the toilet. Even wipes labeled as “flushable” may harm your home’s plumbing and may lead to pipe blockages and clogged local sewer systems.
Altamonte Mall Closing
Effective Friday, March 27, the mall is temporarily closed. Essential stores and restaurants with exterior-facing entrances may remain open to service your needs. Operating hours for these businesses are limited. Please call ahead to confirm availability.
The ASPD COPS Center located inside the mall is closed until further notice.
Closing Public Access
City offices are closed to walk-in visitors until further notice. Staff is available to assist customers by phone or email. For information on modified business practices, contact information and/or alternative service instructions, view a list of department contacts.
The Altamonte Springs Police Department lobby will remain open to the public. Officers and personnel remain vigilant and still respond to public safety requests in the most efficient manner possible. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
To aid businesses and residential properties with construction, the City is offering licensed contractors expanded use of the Virtual Inspections program. This program utilizes online video conferencing to allow inspectors to remotely view the site using a webcam controlled by the owner or contractor. For more information, visit the Virtual Inspections webpage.
The City Library is closed until further notice in an abundance of caution and to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19. Library members still have access to digital services, including e-books and audiobooks.
Park Hours of Operation
Effective immediately, Eastmonte, Westmonte and Merrill Parks will have shortened hours of operation and close at 8 p.m. daily.
Cranes Roost Park is open and operating on normal park hours:
- Sunday–Thursday | 7 a.m. - 11p.m.
- Friday and Saturday | 7 - 12 a.m.
In order to minimize the potential spread of the virus, the City is taking the following precautionary measures:
- Effective immediately, the City is canceling ALL events and programs until May 7. These decisions are based on the best public health information available at this time. The City will continue to evaluate this rapidly-evolving situation.
- Program cancellations include, but are not limited to: Recreation Classes, Park Pavilion Rentals, Tournaments, City Outdoor and Therapeutic Pools, Senior, Library, Youth Sports and Special Needs Programs, as well as Spring Break Camps.
- Family Fest at Cranes Roost Park has been canceled.
- World Food Festival at Cranes Roost Park has been postponed.
- All fingerprinting services are suspended at this time.
We continue to monitor reports and advisements from Governor DeSantis’ Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Seminole County Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health and others to reassess and adjust plans accordingly.
All residents must follow the State of Florida Executive Order 20-91 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hygiene guidelines:
- Limit movement and personal interactions outside of your home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or activities as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and practice “social distancing.”
- Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discarding the tissue.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
It will take all of us working together to slow the spread of this virus and lessen its impact on our community. For the latest updates and information, visit:
- Seminole County Emergency Management | www.PrepareSeminole.org
- Florida Department of Health | Florida COVID-19 Data & Surveillance Dashboard
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention | www.CDC.gov/coronavirus/
- World Health Organization | www.WHO.int
Last updated 4/3/2020