Charlotte County Declares Local State of Emergency
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 17, 2020) – The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
The declaration stated, in part, "it is the duty of Charlotte County to take protective measures – including development of incident action response plans, procurement of personal protective equipment, pandemic preventative training and exercise coordination, and similar activities to support the public health and safety of the community." The state of local emergency waives procedures normally required to perform public works and take action to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community; enter into contracts; incur obligations; employ permanent and temporary workers; utilize volunteer workers; rent equipment; acquire and distribute supplies, with or without compensation; and spend public funds.
The decision followed Monday's elevation of the Emergency Operations Center status to Level 2 and activation of a joint information center, which includes local government agencies. Also on Monday the county closed libraries, recreation centers and pools until April 12.
A COVID-19 information page was launched on the county website, CharlotteCountyFL.gov. Click the banner at the top of the page. The site includes a facilities closure list, online services list, links to the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health, a rumor control page, links to other local government agencies and information about government aid to small businesses.
Per CDC guidelines, the county has stopped issuing permits for events with more than 10 people and will not host events larger than 10 people at county facilities. Temporary use permits for private events with more than 10 people will not be approved.
The county encourages people to practice social distancing when in public, avoid large gatherings and practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer. For residents and stakeholders who want to watch County Commission meetings, livestreaming of the meetings is available on the county website and Facebook page, Facebook.com/CharlotteCountyFlorida.