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Governor DeSantis issued a Safer At Home order (Executive Order 20-91, 12MB) effective 12:01 a.m. on April 3 through April 30. The order states “all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.” Essential services are listed in two documents attached to the order: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and Executive Order 20-89 with attachments. Essential activities are:
  • Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
  • Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and
  • Taking care of pets; and
  • Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
Note that a social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Do not gather in groups larger than ten in any public space. 
This Safer At Home order encourages working from home. Safer At Home FAQ.

 
County Buildings and Facilities - Charlotte County boat ramps, parks and trails will remain open, as well as the Justice Center. All other Charlotte County facilities will be closed to the public as of 5 p.m., March 24 until further notice. The closure includes all county government buildings, playgrounds, dog parks, sports courts and park amenities. Signs will be posted. The closures will be enforced under the county trespass ordinance. Already closed are county pools, libraries, recreation centers and public beaches.
 
Bars and Nightclubs - Under the direction of Governor DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida will close for the next 30 days (Executive Order 20-68 Issued March 17, 2020). Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing and providing further guidance.
 
Beaches - Charlotte County beaches are closed.

Boating in State Waters - Under the direction of Governor DeSantis, boating is limited to no more than 10 people per vessel with 50 feet between each vessel (doesn’t apply to permitted mooring fields) per Executive Order 20-09 issued March 27, 2020.
 
Restaurants and Gyms - Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-71 issued March 20, 2020 closed restaurants and gyms. Delivery and take-out services are allowed.
 
Gyms - Executive Order 20-71 also closed gyms.

Charlotte County Tax Collector 
  • The Florida Department of Revenue has issued an Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation (# 20-52-DOR-001) extending the deadline to pay property tax from March 31 to April 15.
  • The Charlotte County Tax Collector's Office lobbies are closed to the public, however staff are available to serve you online or by mail or phone. Drop boxes are available at each of our locations and mail fees have been waived. 

Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • All Public access to Clerk & Comptroller offices are closed, except for Essential Critical Court Services: Per 20th Circuit Administrative Order 2.39 and Supreme Court Order AOSC20-15, all jury duty has been suspended and Public access is only for essential services at the Justice Center which include:

• Domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking injunctions, all chapter 39 injunctions
• Marchman Acts
• Baker Acts
• Vulnerable Adult Injunctions
• Appointment of Emergency Temporary Guardian
• Risk Protection Orders
• Requests for search warrants and arrest
• Other emergency or time sensitive matters as determined by the courts

  • Suspended all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials until further notice.
  • All other services (traffic payments, filing civil cases, recording deeds, etc.) can still be processed either online, by mail, or by drop boxes.
  • More information on charlotteclerk.com.

Charlotte County Property Appraiser

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County

CareerSource of Southwest Florida


Charlotte County Public Schools
  • Charlotte County Public Schools has temporarily closed and, following the direction of the Commissioner of Education, will shift to district-wide online learning on March 30, 2020.
     
Community Locations
  • Port Charlotte Town Center mall is closed.
  • Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce - both locations closed to foot traffic, services available by phone, email, website
  • Englewood Chamber of Commerce - closed to foot traffic, Chamber business can be conducted via email
  • Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce - closed to foot traffic, services available by phone
  • Charlotte County Homeless Coalition doors locked, signs say closed until further notice due to the virus
  • Jesus Loves You Ministry - closed to walk-in service until further notice
  • Homeless Coalition - closed to foot traffic, services available by phone or email

Event Cancellations

UF/IFAS Extension

  • All meetings, events and programs.

Centennial Park

  • Traditional Easter Egg Hunt – April 11
  • Florida Gun Show – May 13–15

Harold Avenue Regional Park

  • USSSA Basketball Tournament – April 18
  • Public Works Day – May 2

Port Charlotte Beach Park

  • Rental – Kings Hwy Congregation of Jehovah's – April 7

South County Regional Park

  • CCS Swim Meet – April 18
  • CHS Senior Splash Day – April 23
  • Florida Gun Expo – May 23
  • Lights Water Fest – May 28

Charlotte Sports Park

  • Prostyle tournament – April 25–26
  • Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training

Meetings

  • All county advisory board meetings, MSBU/TU advisory board meetings

City of Punta Gorda

  • Punta Gorda Block Party
  • Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran
  • Visual Arts Show
  • Relay for Life
  • Pedal and Play
  • All Punta Gorda Chamber events.
  • Downtown Merchant's Association Farmer's Market
  • History Park Farmer Market
  • Hibiscus Festival TBD

Charlotte County Cultural Center

  • All activities canceled.

Diocese of Venice

  • Suspended mass and other liturgical events starting March 20 until after Easter, April 12.

  


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