Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery (Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112) began May 4 and will be in effect until further notice. Find details in the FAQs for Executive Order 20-112.
Much of the Safer At Home order (Executive Order 20-91, 12MB) still applies as outlined in the in the FAQs for Executive Order 20-112 . Exec. Order 20-91 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: A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Do not gather in groups larger than 10 in any public space. This Safer At Home order encourages working from home. Safer At Home FAQ.
Charlotte County's plan to allow short-term rentals (30 days or fewer) to open was approved by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation May 20. More Information
Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief - Per Exec. Order 20-94, any statute providing for a mortgage cause of action under Florida Law, including any extensions, is suspended. Per Exec. Order 20-137, this is effective until 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2020.
Face coverings are required in the City of Punta Gorda. In response to the public health emergency within the City of Punta Gorda resulting from the spread of COVID-19 face coverings are now required to be worn indoors. Additionally, all persons preparing or serving food or beverages for public consumption shall be required to wear a face covering. It is the intent of this provision that a face covering must be worn while traversing an Indoor Public Place for ingress and egress, when walking to and from restroom facilities, and while standing when unable to maintain social distancing. Violations can result in a fine. Additional information is posted on the City of Punta Gorda's COVID-19 webpage. www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us
Charlotte County Public Schools
Charlotte County Buildings and Facilities
Some Charlotte County facilities opened to the public with limitations Monday, June 1. Customers should call the department before arrival. Departments
The Charlotte County Administration Center, including County Commission offices, is open for limited services by appointment only.
The E. Jay Carlson Community Development Building opened Monday, June 1. Capacity in the lobby will be limited. Customer service staff will direct customers to wait in their vehicles if the lobby capacity limit is reached.
The Mac V. Horton West County Annex opened Monday, June 1. (See below for constitutional officer information.)
Charlotte County pools opened Monday, June 1 for lap swimming and water aerobics by reservation only. Register online.
- Boat ramps
- Carmalita Park horse arena
- Disc golf courses
- Dog parks
- Don Cerbone Skate Park
- Fishing piers
- Pavilions and picnic tables
- Radio-controlled tracks and ponds
- Sports courts (basketball, bocce, pickleball, shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball)
- Sports fields, including organized activities (baseball, cricket, football, soccer, softball
Recreation centers remain closed. Signs are posted. Closures will be enforced under the county trespass ordinance.
Playgrounds and the McGuire Park Splashpad will reopen on Monday, June 15.
The Mid-County Regional Library reopened to the public on Tuesday, June 2 at limited capacity from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Desktop computers will be available by reservation only at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Use will be limited to 1½ hours per person per day. For reservations, call 941.613.3161.
Library lobby laptop access: Punta Gorda Charlotte Library and Englewood Charlotte Public Library will provide lobby laptop access by reservation only starting June 23 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Use will be limited to 1 ½ hours per person per day. Printing will not be available.
- Reserve a laptop at the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library: call 941.833.5461
- Reserve a laptop at the Englewood Charlotte Public Library: call 941.681.3734.
Signs will be posted reminding patrons to follow CDC guidelines on wearing masks and social distancing. All libraries remain closed to general use except for the Mid-County Regional Library. Curbside holds pickup will continue at all library branches Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
West Charlotte and Mid-County mini-transfer & recycling facilities are open.
Charlotte County Utilities customer support center open by appointment only - To schedule an appointment, call 941.764.4300. Walk-in services other than the payment drop box will not be available. Customers can still drop off their payments in the various payment boxes, by mail, pay their utility bill online or by phone at 941.764.4300.
The East Port Environmental Center (Public Works Solid Waste Division, Charlotte County-Punta Gorda Metropolitan Planning Organization) remains closed to the public until further notice.
Customers at all county facilities are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings to protect themselves and county employees. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. If you are ill, do not enter any county facility and consult your health provider.
Charlotte County Clerk of the Circuit Court
The Charlotte County Clerk of the Circuit Court opened its official records lobbies in the Charlotte County Administration Center and Charlotte County Justice Center Monday, June 1. Six-foot spacing guides have been placed on the floor to remind people to keep a safe distance from one another. Sanitizing stations are available for public use.
Normal hours of operation will be in place in both office locations, however, customers are still encouraged to submit the documents to be recorded though E-Record, by mail or by drop box.
Marriage services will be available in both office locations. Ceremonies will be performed at the Justice Center for the couple only. Face masks must be worn.
Passport services will be available in both office locations for new routine applications only. Expedited services have been suspended by the U.S. Department of State, and its website also indicates applicants will experience significant delays. Photo services will not be available in our office due to the requirement to wear a face covering in our public areas. Applicants must supply an appropriate passport photo.
Jury trials to begin Sept. 14. Visit https://tinyurl.com/clerkinfo.
For more information, visit www.CharlotteClerk.com.
Charlotte County Property Appraiser
The Charlotte County Property Appraiser opened its offices at the Charlotte County Administration Center and the Mac V. Horton West County Annex in Englewood Monday, June 1. The Punta Gorda office will remain closed until further notice. The public is encouraged to obtain needed services by using the appraiser's website, email or by phone. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the property appraiser's office strongly recommends customers wear face coverings when entering all office locations. For information, visit www.ccappraiser.com.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
For information on the sheriff's office reopening plans, visit www.ccsofl.net.
Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections
The supervisor of elections office in the historic Charlotte County Courthouse has opened to the public for all transactions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 1. The Englewood and Murdock satellite offices will remain closed at this time. Visitors should not come if showing signs of illness or a history of risk exposure. Visitors will be required to practice six-foot social distancing, and are encouraged to wear masks. For information, visit www.charlottevotes.com.
Charlotte County Tax Collector
The Charlotte County Tax Collector's Englewood, Port Charlotte, Murdock and Punta Gorda locations are offering appointments for services that cannot be done online, by telephone, drop box, or by mail. Make an appointment online at www.TaxCollector.CharlotteCountyFL.gov or call 941.743.1350.