News from Representative Waltz


Dear Friend,

I’m continuing to work closely with federal, state and local officials during this pandemic to monitor and fight the coronavirus in our community. There’s a lot of new information and I wanted to make sure you don’t miss anything:

ENTERING FULL PHASE 1: All counties in Florida are now officially in Phase 1 of Gov. DeSantis’ plan to safely reopen our economy.

Here’s what’s now open as part of Phase 1: 

  • Restaurants at 50% capacity (with spacing and/or partitions)
  • Gyms and fitness centers (50 % capacity with machines and surfaces sanitized after each use)
  • Retail shops at 50% capacity
  • Museums and libraries at 50% capacity
  • Salons and barbershops (with these safety guidelines
  • Elective surgeries
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Drew Medearis, a Boy Scout and Bunnell Elementary School student, made and distributed 3,200 innovative, comfortable masks so far to healthcare workers and first responders across our community! Thank you, Drew and keep up the good work!

LOCAL UPDATES: Florida K-12 schools will continue distance learning and remain physically closed until the end of this school year. Parents and students should visit their school district’s website for more information on closures and distance learning guidelines:

Flagler County:

  • Flagler County beaches are open without limitations, except the practice of social distancing. Continue to follow safe sanitation practices. 
    • Boardwalk and piers remain closed until further notice
    • Handicapped-friendly parking and beach access will be available just north of the pier at South 2nd Street and State Road A1A
  • Drive-thru coronavirus testing site is open to qualifying residents in Flagler County.
    • Call 386-313-4200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete a short screening process to qualify for an appointment
    • Residents must have:
      • Underlying medical conditions, weakened immune systems or over the age of 65
      • Symptoms of COVID-19 which includes fever, cough and shortness of breath
  • 2020 High School Graduation: Flagler seniors will finish their high school career by crossing the finish line at Daytona International Speedway. Congratulations and start your engines!

Lake County:

  • COVID-19 and Antibody testing will be administered to Lake County residents for $20 through May 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment necessary. Residents are required to present proof of residence to qualify for the reduced testing fee. Sites are located at:
    • 3619 Lake Center Drive, Mount Dora – Adult Medicine of Lake County – Monday to Friday
    • 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg – Venetian Gardens – Wednesdays and Fridays
    • 3700 S. Highway 27, Clermont – Clermont Arts & Recreation Center Tuesdays and Thursdays

St. Johns County:

  • St. Johns County beaches are open for exercise and sunbathing. CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place. On-beach driving remains prohibited.
  • Recreational Facilities, including recreation centers, pools, pavilions, remain closed
    • All recreational programming, including open play, camps, league activities, remain suspended
    •  All activities and events including farmers markets, remain suspended 
  • Ocean and Fishing Pier is open to the public with no access fee. All other facilities, including the Pier Gift Shop and pavilion, remain closed
  • SJC Libraries are offering curbside service for patrons who place items on hold by calling a library or through the Library’s website.
    • At all branches from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
    • Library buildings will remain closed to the public
  • Emergency Operations Center remains open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call the EOC Hotline at (904) 824-5550.

Volusia County:

  • Volusia County beaches are open. Here’s what you can and can’t do:
    • Beach Driving: Beach access for motor vehicles will remain limited to people with disabilities tags at three ramps: 
      • Williams Avenue in Daytona Beach
      • Dunlawton Boulevard in Daytona Beach Shores
      • Third Avenue in New Smyrna Beach 
    • Small Groups: People may not congregate in groups of more than six people
    • Social Distancing: Groups setting up camp — blankets, chairs, umbrellas, tents — must remain 10 feet apart from other groups
    • Parks and Parking: Coastal parks will be open (some at less than full capacity), including: 
      • Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park in Ormond Beach
      • Wisteria Road parking lot in Daytona Beach
      • Dahlia Avenue Park in Daytona Beach Shores
      • Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet 
      • Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach 
    • Facilities Closed: Restrooms, showers and splash pads
  • COVID-19 Testing is taking place at three testing locations. They are open and operating Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. No referral nor appointment is necessary. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, visit one of these three locations:
    •  960 S. Williamson Blvd. - Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club (drive-thru testing)
    • 1200 Deltona Blvd. - Deltona Plaza (drive-thru testing)
    • 1205 S. Woodland Blvd. - DeLand (walk-up only)
  • Antibody Testing open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
    • No appointment necessary but a blood draw will be required for the test
    • Cost of the test should be covered by insurance or free if you don’t have insurance 
    • Located at 3150 E New York Ave, DeLand, FL 32724
  • High School Graduations: Be sure to frequently check the Volusia Schools website for the most up to date information.
    • As of right now, the backup graduation rehearsals and ceremonies are scheduled to be held from July 6 to July 11

FAQs and resources for individuals, small businesses & farmersI have compiled a list of resources and Frequently Asked Questions to help ensure you have all the information you need to receive support that Congress has put in place:

For more information about the coronavirus in Florida, visit my website here. 

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In Service,


Michael Waltz

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