Thursday, April 2
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order mandating Floridians stay at home starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday contains exemptions for “essential services.” The order supersedes all local government shelter-in-place or stay home orders, although local governments can impose further restrictions as they deem appropriate.
Activities that qualify as essential services include:
- Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship
- Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming
- Taking care of pets
- Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
- Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies
- Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
- Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; gasoline stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Hardware stores
- Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
- Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed for online or distance learning
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
- Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but limited to take-out and delivery service only
- Schools and other entities providing free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only and the food isn’t consumed on site
- Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public
- Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train
- Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
- Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities
- Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
- Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the order to work as permitted
- Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices
- Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators
- Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications
- Provision of propane or natural gas
- Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any other essential services
- Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building
- Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services
- Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses
- Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste
- Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services
Wednesday, April 1
Tuesday, March 31
Starting TOMORROW (April 1), @OCCC #COVID19 Regional Temporary Drive-Through Testing Site will no longer have an age requirement.
Fever 99.6 or higher AND
respiratory symptoms OR
The State advised local school districts to extend the school closures through May 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we certainly miss our students, their safety, and the health of our community, remains of critical importance.
All Osceola County School District events through May 1 have been canceled at this time, but there are no changes to graduation as of yet.
Monday, March 30
With Town Hall currently closed due to the stay-at-home mandate from Osceola County, we wanted to provide options for residents on how to pay their assessments.
Checks can be mailed directly to the Union Bank lock box at:
P.O. Box 105515
Atlanta, GA 30348-5515
The payment coupon must be included with the check. Multiple checks must each be sent in their own envelope.
Online payments can be made on the Union Bank website: www.hoabankservices.com/onlinepayments.. You will need your account number to pay online, which can be found on your statement, or please contact Town Hall (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) for your account number.
Saturday, March 28
Friday, March 27
In following CDC recommended social distancing guidelines and adhering to the Osceola County stay-at-home mandate, the CROA Board of Directors will be conducting weekly teleconference updates on Fridays.
If you have any questions for the Board and Management, please email them utilizing the addresses below:
Vanessa Winter, CROA President: vanessa.winter.CROA@gmail.com
David Anderson, CROA Vice President: email@example.com
Brian Kensil, CROA Treasurer: Brian4Celebration@gmail.com
Kevin Kirby, CROA Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryann Barry, CROA Director: email@example.com
Debie McDonald, CROA Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Vassallo, CROA Director: email@example.com
Steve Waring, Executive Director Town Hall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated dining from Town Center restaurants:
Thursday, March 26
On March 25, Osceola County officials instituted a stay-at-home mandate, which will go into effect on Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m. and remain in effect until Thursday, April 9 at 11 p.m., resulting in the closure of all non-essential businesses. As a result, Town Hall will be closing as of 5:30 p.m. on March 26. However, in order to minimize impacts regarding operations in the community, staff will be working remotely during that time.
What residents can expect:
- You can still contact Town Hall by calling 407-566-1200 and utilize the automated system to reach staff, email individual staff members and visit our website – celebration.fl.us.
- Inspections will not occur during the March 26 – April 9 time frame.
- Maintenance staff and landscapers will continue working in the community.
- CeleService will continue to be monitored and any urgent issues will be addressed.
- Park monitors will continue to check on facilities and amenities. All facilities and amenities will remain closed through April 30.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Many dining establishments in Celebration are currently open for take out, delivery and curb side pick-up. If resources permit, please considering patronizing the local establishments in the community.
Wednesday, March 25
Osceola County officials announced a stay-at-home order during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The order goes into place Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m., the same time as a similar ordinance in Orange County. It will last until April 9. All non-essential business to close. A curfew in the county remains in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Osceola Announces Suspension of Cash Toll Payments
Osceola County, in coordination with the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), is committed to protecting the health and safety of the traveling public. To reduce the potential exposure of both drivers and employees to the COVID-19 virus, cash collections at Shingle Creek Toll Plaza along Osceola Parkway have been temporarily suspended and license plate tolling, known as Pay by Plate, has been instituted.
Cash paying drivers, who normally pay at the Shingle Creek toll booth along Osceola Parkway, will continue to pay the cash rate and will receive a Pay by Plate billing statement from CFX in the mail for tolls incurred. Osceola Parkway customers who currently use the Poinciana Boulevard ramp may continue to drop coins into toll baskets. E-PASS and SunPass customers will see no impact to their day-to-day travel. Tolls will post electronically to their accounts, per usual operations.
For drivers who typically pay cash in the lanes at the Shingle Creek Toll Plaza:
- Keep moving and do not stop at toll booths
- Drivers will be charged the same cash rate
- Expect a Pay by Plate billing statement to be mailed to the vehicles’ registered owner for tolls, with no additional fees or administrative charges
- Motorists will have the option to pay the Pay by Plate bill online using a credit card
The CFX E-PASS Customer Service Walk-In Center located on South Goldenrod was temporarily closed effective 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. Transponder customers are encouraged to manage their SUNPASS and E-PASS accounts on-line at www.sunpass.com for SUNPASS holders, and https://epass.cfxway.com/ for E-PASS customers.
The CFX E-PASS Customer Call Center will be adjusting its hours of operation and implementing staggered shifts to reduce the likelihood of transmission following CDC recommendations. As of Thursday, March 19 the E-PASS Customer Call Center has extended its hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. For questions please call (407) 823-7277 or 1-800-353-7277. Outside of the call center’s business hours, an automated phone service provides self-help features 24/7.
Osceola County and CFX will evaluate the above preventive measures and make the necessary adjustments as more information becomes available from local, state and federal agencies.
Tuesday, March 24
Monday, March 23
From the Florida Department of Emergency Management — Here’s a handy list of “Do’s and Don’ts” regarding your personal COVID-19 responses. Keep in mind that This is not a hurricane!
Practice social distancing
Cover your mouth if you cough
Wash your hands often
Avoid touching your face
Stay home if you’re sick
Protect those most at risk
Help the elderly get supplies, especially medicines and first aid supplies
Hoard supplies like toilet paper and disinfectants
Buy large sums of bottled water
Fill up the bathtub
Worry about loss of power or utilities (again, not a hurricane, the weather is fantastic)
Have large gatherings (really at this point, anything larger than your family)
Friday, March 20
Osceola County Curfew Enacted
Starting Friday, March 20, at 11 p.m. a curfew will be in effect each day until 5 a.m. in all of Osceola County for members of the general public to minimize health risks to the public from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
All Osceola County officials urge the community to shelter in place, continue to take the directive of social distancing seriously, and to stay home as much as possible unless working, shopping for necessary supplies, getting carry out meals from restaurants, or attending to medical needs.
The order will run until further notice. It was approved by the Executive Policy Group, which consists of the mayors of St. Cloud and Kissimmee, the County Commission Chair, the School Board Superintendent, the Osceola County Sheriff, and others.
The ordinance states: “All pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for the provision of fire, police, emergency and hospital services, public health, tow operators, medical patients, utility emergency repairs, state and local government employees providing emergency services, emergency calls by physicians, employees of businesses providing essential commodities and services e.g. food, water, accommodations, petroleum and utilities within the above curfew areas, and travel related to work are prohibited during curfew hours.”
The ordinance is enforceable by citation or arrest by both Police Departments and the Sheriff’s Office.
To assist Osceola County residents regarding concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Osceola County has created a new webpage, Osceola.org/covid19, which includes local updates in addition to resources and updates from the CDC and FDOH.
Celebration Sanitation Services (CSS)
All non-essential trash collection, appliances and bulk trash removals, have been suspended until April 15. CSS will collect the items that have already been scheduled for this Monday, March 23 only.
Artisan Park Clubhouse Update
The Artisan Park Clubhouse dining room is closing immediately pursuant to the governor’s order. The Club will continue to offer take out options to Artisan Park residents.
Update from the Osceola County School District
An important COVID-19 and digital learning update from the Osceola School District as of March 20, 2020: Thank you for your continued support and patience during this rapidly changing time; with COVID-19, the situation has been changing day by day, hour by hour.
We are committed to providing parents and students with the latest information as it unfolds during the school closure period. The Osceola School District is preparing to transition to student digital learning starting the week of March 30.
We want to make this change as easy as possible. All resources for students and families will be available through the ClassLink platform, which the students are familiar with using, on the district website and can be accessed using any digital device. SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE
Holiday Lights & Decorations
As our traditional community gatherings and social activities have been decreased due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Community Standards understands the need for residents to feel connected and the desire to provide a lift for our neighbors and friends by putting up lights and decorations. The CROA Board is permitting decorations and lights until April 30 unless the Board determines otherwise due to events at that time. We wish good health and peace to everyone in Celebration.
Thursday, March 19
In order to assist seniors, Publix has instituted the following:
Community Blood Drives
OneBlood and the Big Red Bus will hold a blood drive outside of Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To make an appointment, please visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use code 9965.
There is also a blood drive scheduled on Saturday, March 21 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Water Tower Shoppes.
Wednesday, March 18
Monday, March 16
The Celebration Residential Owners Association (CROA) continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 through updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Florida Department of Health and local governmental agencies.
On Thursday, March 12, CROA issued a communique to the community indicating the cancellation of events and programming, as well as facility closings, through the end of March.
Earlier today, Monday, March 16, the CROA Board of Directors met to discuss a variety of issues, including the impacts of COVID-19 on the community. As a result of that meeting, the following impacts will occur in the community beginning at 5:30 p.m. today (March 16).
- All CROA indoor and outdoor facilities will be closed until April 30. This includes all pools, playgrounds, Celebration Unleashed Dog Park, Celebration Community Field Complex, Fitness Center at Spring Lake, Artisan Park Pool and Fitness Center, Jones Room and Heritage Hall. All CROA and partner programming, including meetings, clubs, facility rentals, dance classes and sports leagues have been cancelled.
- Celebration Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave, will remain open for the purpose of conducting CROA business. If you have business to conduct with the Association, but are showing symptoms of an illness or have recently traveled to an area where the virus is prevalent, we ask that you please contact the office at 407-566-1200 and arrange to conduct your business electronically.
- All CROA events scheduled until April 30 have been cancelled, which include:
- April Food Truck Friday
- Egg Hunt
- Weekly Farmers Market
- Art & Wine Stroll
- Community Chorus Concert
The CROA Board also directed today that community inspections, as well as the covenants process will continue as normal.
As everyone is aware, the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak is a fluid situation and as a result, CROA may be required to update the current impacts on the community. CROA will reassess facility closures, events and programming scheduled for May 1 onward in mid to late April. Residents are advised to visit www.celebration.fl.us for the latest community updates.
Friday March 13
Thursday, March 12
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The Celebration Residential Owners Association (CROA) has been closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 through updates from the CDC, as well as the Florida Department of Health. In addition, CROA has been in contact with other community partners regarding this outbreak and potential impacts to members of the community.
While there are no confirmed cases in our area at this time, CROA believes that it is our role and responsibility to prioritize the health and well-being of our residents, while also playing a constructive role in supporting federal, state and local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus.
As a result and following the guidance of the CDC, effective, Friday, March 13 the following CROA sponsored events and partner programming will be temporarily suspended:
- March 13 Food Truck Friday (cancelled)
- March 13 Zach and James performance (cancelled, will be rescheduled if possible)
- March 14 Art and Wine Stroll (cancelled)
- March 25 Dueling Pianos event (will be rescheduled to later date)
- Weekly Sunday Celebration Farmers Market (cancelled for month of March)
- Through March 31, all programing, meetings, events and activities that occur in Town Hall (851 Celebration Ave.) The facility will remain open for CROA related business
- All partner programming in or on CROA facilities; including: Jones Room, Heritage Hall and the Celebration Community Field Complex
In addition, CROA will be sanitizing and cleaning the equipment at the community playgrounds on a daily basis. Residents visiting the playgrounds are encouraged to take preemptive measures such as hand washing and hand sanitizing during and after visiting these amenities. Please be courteous to your neighbors, if you or your child is showing symptoms of an illness; please refrain from using the playgrounds at this time. Also, CROA will be sanitizing the equipment at the Spring Lake Fitness Center on a daily basis. Residents utilizing this amenity are asked to wipe down the equipment thoroughly following each use.
A decision regarding events and programs scheduled for April 1 and beyond, will be made on or prior to March 31.
CROA offices at Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave., will continue normal operating hours, Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition, our community partner, AdventHealth has launched a “Coronavirus Information Line (877-847-8747),” which is a free phone service available to all residents in the community.
This message is coming from Kathleen Sipio, Executive Director of the Celebration Foundation:
The Celebration Foundation has been monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19, the coronavirus through announcements and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and the Florida Department of Health. Though there are no confirmed cases in our area that we are aware of at the time, we continue to make decisions with the overall concern for the health and safety of our members, staff, instructors and volunteers – especially those in high risk categories.
To that end and following guidance from the CDC, effective Friday, March 13, the following Foundation programs and events will be temporarily suspended:
Thriving in Place – all events listed on the March calendar will be cancelled. Our transportation service line will continue to be available to schedule appointments.
Celebration Lifelong – Session #2 and Club Week will be cancelled for March 16th through April 3rd. We will communicate status of Session #3 on or before March 31st.
Concert Series – Crystal Sponsor Event scheduled for March 18 will be postponed and if possible rescheduled to a later date. Balsam Range Concert scheduled for March 28 will be postponed and if possible rescheduled.
We will provide an update on programs and events scheduled for April no later than March 31. The Celebration Foundation office located at 610 Sycamore Street will remain open from Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm. We encourage you to stop by the office, stay connected and ask questions. Our community partner, AdventHealth has launched a “Coronavirus Information Line”. This is a free phone service at (877)847-8747 available for all of our members.
We know this is an exceptionally challenging time for our community and it will take all of us working together to navigate this difficult situation and protect the health and well-being of our Celebration community. Our sincere thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.