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City of Cape Coral, Tuesday evening action update

By Staff | Mar 18, 2020

The City of Cape Coral and our Emergency Management Division continue to track the spread of COVID-19 and is monitoring information provided by the Florida Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Governor’s Office while taking proactive steps to help slow the transmission and prevent exposure to the coronavirus.

City staff continues to work with our local partners in Lee County and in the state to align efforts across jurisdictions.

Actions in effect as of Tuesday night:

– The City of Cape Coral has NOT declared a State of Local Emergency.

– Public Meetings:

The Cape Coral City Council will hold a Special Meeting of the City Council on Wednesday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall in Council Chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard. The following items will appear on the meeting agenda: Clarifying Rules to Cancel City Council Meetings and How will Council Conduct Business during the Coronavirus situation. Meetings are broadcast on Cape TV (Comcast Channel 98 and CenturyLink Prism Channel 94) and streamed online at www.cape-tv.com. Out of an abundance of caution, watching meetings from home may be the best option.

Virtual participation in future meetings may be an option, updates will be shared as they become available.

Please check the City’s public meeting calendar for the most up-to-date information concerning public meetings.

– Announcements:

The Governor’s Office has implemented Executive Order 20-68, which contains directives for bars and restaurants statewide. The Division of Business and Professional Regulation has launched a webpage for more information www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/emergency/.

Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19. The survey can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/. The survey will assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local businesses.

City-sponsored public events with gatherings of 50 or more people are postponed or canceled until April 12. No new special event permits will be issued during this timeframe, which may be extended. This information is subject to change.

All non-essential official City travel by employees is canceled until April 12 and may be extended.

– Closings/Cancellations:

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day that was set for March 21 Canceled

The Yacht Club Beach area is closed effective March 18. The Yacht Club Pool was previously closed. These closures do not impact the privately-owned Boathouse restaurant.

Community Development Block Grant program community meetings Canceled

For cancellations/postponements related to Parks and Recreation programs and facilities, please visit www.capecoral.net/covid-19.

The City has ramped up cleaning efforts in all city facilities. Hand sanitizing stations have been deployed and will be increased in public areas and employee common areas.

Employees are being reminded to stay home if they are sick. The CDC provides information related to self-isolation circumstances. All non-essential official City travel by employees is canceled until April 12 and may be extended.

Meanwhile the city reminds: Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home if you are feeling ill.

– For information and resources related to COVID-19:

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus call center 1-866-779-6121 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CDC: www.coronavirus.gov?Florida Department of Health: www.floridahealth.gov?Lee County: www.leegov.com/covid-19/?Lee County Schools: www.leeschools.net/?Lee Health: www.leehealth.org/

Source: City of Cape Coral