Volusia County leaders are scheduled to provide an update Wednesday on how COVID-19 has afflicted the area. Leaders are also expected to outline further plans to reopen.
After a month long stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a new executive order allowing some businesses to reopen with restrictions beginning May 4.
The governor’s order is part of a multi-phase plan to slowly reopen the state’s economy and allows for local leaders to make decisions based on their communities.
Officials in Volusia County began rolling back some restrictions, including opening beach access, prior to the governor’s order.
Below are the following Volusia County businesses and facilities that will reopen or operate under modified standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on May 4:
Beaches: Volusia County has been gradually lifted restrictions on beach access since late April. Beginning May 2, beachgoers will no longer need to be engaging in physical activity such as walking or jogging on the beach, meaning sitting and sunbathing will be permitted once again. Groups will be required to limit to less than six.
Libraries: Volusia County libraries are currently operating on curbside pickup only which will continue but beginning May 4, nine of Volusia County’s libraries will begin offering public access to computers. Residents will need to call ahead to make an appointment. The computers will be available for one-hour time blocks at the following libraries: Daytona Beach Regional Library, DeBary Public Library, DeLand Regional Library, Deltona Regional Library, Dickerson Heritage Library, Edgewater Public Library, New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, Ormond Beach Regional Library, Port Orange Regional Library
Shopping: The Volusia Mall will reopen beginning May 4 during limited hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Individual store hours and restaurants operations may vary.
Utilities: Some utility providers are waiving shutoffs due to the economic hardships some face because of the virus. Contact your local water and power company for details.
In DeLand, the city will extend its moratorium on utility shutoffs through June 30. The city has also waived all late and delinquent fees during this time. Payment plans are currently being offered to those unable to pay their bill. Utility Billing Customer Service may be reached at 386-626-7051.
Edgewater has also suspended shutoffs through the end of June 15. Late and delinquency fees will be waived through June 15, however account balances for monthly base charges and usage will continue to accrue. Customers can call 386-424-2400 x4000 with questions.
Daytona Beach Bandshell: Events at the bandshell including the Summer Entertainment Series, are postponed until July 10.
Blue Spring State Park reopened with limited capacity May 8.
As more restrictions are rolled back this story will be updated.