Thursday night Orange County residents and business owners will have a temporary new reality. On Tuesday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued an executive order that significantly restricts non-essential activities. The stay-at-home order allows essential businesses, defined as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, gas stations, banks and hardware stores, to remain open. Take-out and food delivery businesses are also permitted. Residents can still go for walks, runs and bike rides near their homes.
The public safety measures were put in place to help curb the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus.
The new order is in addition to Orange County’s curfew that remains in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Health professionals, first responders and government workers are exempt from the curfew, as well as anyone working or travelling to or from work.
Orange County Public Schools announced the cancellation of all high school proms and Grad Bash events, but no decision has been made on graduation ceremonies.
Orange County borders East Lake County, and includes Stoneybrook Hills, an unincorporated subdivision of Mount Dora, The Stoneybrook Hills Publix on U.S. 441 will remain open, but the non-essential businesses in the shopping center will be required to close temporarily beginning Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m.
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