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:

REOPENING FLORIDA SCHOOLSGovernor Ron DeSantis announced recommendations for safely reopening Florida’s education system.

Here are the recommendations included in this plan:

Step-by-Step Approach: K-12 Campus Reopening Steps 1-2-3

  • Step 1 – June – Open up campuses for youth activities and summer camps
  • Step 2 – July – Expand campus capacities further for summer recovery instruction
  • Step 3 – August – Open up campuses at full capacity for traditional start of the academic year

Step-by-Step Approach: Post-secondary Campus Reopening

  • For the first half of the summer: State colleges, technical colleges and universities are recommended to continue virtual learning, with the exception of first responder and some CTE programs
  • For the second half of the summer: State colleges and technical colleges are recommended to open for in-person summer learning 
    • State universities will remain virtual
  • For the fall Semester: State colleges, technical colleges and universities are recommended to reopen at full capacity for the start of the academic year

Read the full re-opening of Florida’s schools and CARES ACT plan here.

REOPENING FLORIDA: As of June 5, Florida has entered Phase 2 of Gov. DeSantis’ plan to safely reopen our economy. Local governments may still have restrictions based on each community. 


Here’s what’s included in Phase 2:

  • Restaurants at full capacity outdoors and 50% capacity indoors (with spacing and/or partitions)
  • Gyms and fitness centers at full capacity (machines and surfaces sanitized after each use)
  • Retail shops at full capacity
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and concert halls at 50% capacity
  • Museums and libraries at 50% capacity
  • Salons and barbershops (with these safety guidelines
  • Elective surgeries
  • Youth activities (including youth sports and summer camps

*NOTE: Phase 2 excludes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

For more information about Phase 2 click here.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: Hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. It’s critical to have enough supplies so you’re ready if and when disaster hits. Not sure how to prepare? Click here to learn more about how to prepare for hurricane season and what to stock up on and click here for a Volusia-Flagler do’s and don’ts list to make sure you know what to do during this year’s hurricane season.

Flagler County:
  • Flagler County beaches are open without limitations, except the practice of social distancing 
  • Palm Coast and Bunnell libraries are open at 50% capacity
    • Rooms and activities inside the library will be limited to no more than two hours per day per person
  • COVID-19 testing locations:
    • 301 Dr. Carter Blvd, Bunnell FL 32110 – Florida Department of Health in Flagler – Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (386-437-7350)     
    • 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy SE, Palm Coast 32137 – Flagler County Resident Community Testing Site – Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m to noon  
    • 1270 Palm Coast Pkwy NW – Centra Care Palm Coast (386-225-4631)
    • 6 Office Park Dr, Palm Coast – MediQuick Palm Coast North (386-447-6615)
    • 140 Pinnacles Dr, Palm Coast – MediQuick Palm Coast South (386-597-2829)
    • 1245 W Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach – CentraCare Ormond Beach (386-317-9055)
  • Vacation rentals: reopened with restrictions 
  • Palm Coast parks and facilities are open but pavilions are not open at this time 
  • Government Services and Courthouse are open 
    • Visitors will be screened at the entrance. Face coverings are strongly recommended 

Lake County:

  • COVID-19 testing locations. Testing is administering tests to Lake County residents for $20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Adult Medicine of Lake County. No appointment necessary. For more info call 352-253-9999. Sites are located at: 
    • 500 Shiloh St., Fruitland Park – Cales Memorial Multipurpose Soccer Field Recreation Complex  May 27 and June 3
    • 24731 Ann St., Astor, – First Baptist Church of Astor  May 29
    • 2101 N. County Road 452, Eustis  Lake County Fairgrounds – Monday to Friday
    • 121 N. Sunset, Mascotte – June 2 & June 4
    • 225 W Guava St., Lady Lake –  June 8 
    • NOTE: The testing site at the Clermont Arts & Rec Center has closed
  • FREE COVID-19 testing sites: Available for residents and non-residents Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • 249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla – DOH-Lake Umatilla WIC
    • 560 W. DeSoto Street, Clermont – DOH-Lake Clermont WIC
    • 1904 Griffin Road, Leesburg – DOH – Lake Leesburg WIC
  • The Florida of Health Department in Lake County: (DOH-Lake) is offering free COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to residents and non-residents at the following locations:
    • 249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla – Florida Department of Health Umatilla WIC
    • 560 W. DeSoto Street, Clermont – Florida Department of Health Clermont WIC
    • 1904 Griffin Road, Leesburg – Florida Department of Health Leesburg WIC
  • Additional COVID-19 and Antibody Testing: Adult Medicine of Lake County is offering COVID-19 swab and antibody testing for $20 at the following locations:
    • 3619 Lake Center Dr., Mount Dora – Adult Medicine of Lake County Office in Mount Dora (352-383-8222)
    • 2101 County Rd 452, Eustis – Lake County Fairgrounds – Tuesdays only 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Testing will be done in the south parking lot of the fairgrounds, accesible via Highway 44
  • Lake County libraries: Some libraries are closed to the public but are offering curbside pickup. For a complete list of libraries and their reopening dates, check here (call ahead to see if they have reached capacity)

St. Johns County:

  • COVID-19 testing: Due to declining demand, Flagler Health+ has ceased operations of its COVID-19 drive through specimen collection site. Testing is available at:
    • 70 Turn Terrace, Suite 110, St. Augustine, FL 32092
    • 120 Health Park Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32086
  • St. Johns County beaches are open for exercise and sunbathing
    • CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place
  • Ocean and Fishing Pier is open to the public 
    • The gift shop and visitor information center is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, during the summer season
  • St. Johns County Park, Rec and Beach Facilities: Now open for reservations, including park and beach pavilions, beach volleyball courts, athletic fields, tennis, pickleball, and paddleball courts, and fairgrounds and recreation center amenities.
  • SJC Libraries are open for essential services: returns, grab-and-go service and computer usage up to one hour and have just launched their summer reading program online 
    • Seating areas, meetings rooms and play area will not be accessible
  • Emergency Operations Center remains open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday (904) 824-5550

Volusia County:

  • Volusia County beaches are open. Here’s what you can and can’t do:
    • Beach Driving: Cars are allowed to drive onto Volusia County beaches from all 23 ramps
    • 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 others
    • Parks and Parking: Coastal parks are 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 
    • Restrooms and showers: Open in county-operated coastal and inlet parks
  • Volusia County Government Offices reopenincluding county administrative offices, libraries and other programs and facilities
  • Volusia County Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    • Relocated to the west parking lot of the Volusia County Fairgrounds (3050 E. New York Ave., DeLand, Florida 32724) due to coronavirus testing
    • Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and hand-sanitizing stations are set up throughout the grounds
    •  Admission and parking are free
  • Volusia County libraries are OPEN with limited hours and capacity
  • 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 walk-up locations:
    • 1205 S Woodland Blvd, Deland – Family Health Source – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • 100 E Washington Ave., Pierson – Taylor Middle School – June 1 - 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday
    • 1500 Center Ave., Holly Hill – Holly Hill Middle School – June 8 - 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday
    • 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City – University High School – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • CVS is offering self-swab testing at participating locations (appointment necessary):
    • 101 South Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach 32114
    • 250 East Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach 32176 
    • 901 North Woodland Blvd, DeLand 32720 
    • 2187 Howland Blvd, Deltona 32738
  • COVID-19 swab testing: Family Health Source will be traveling and administering COVID-19 swab tests at various locations, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at:  
    • Taylor Middle High School in Pierson from June 1st to June 5th 
    • Holly Hill Middle School in Holly Hill from June 8th to June 12th
  • FREE walk-up testing is available to anyone 18+, regardless of symptoms: 
    • 2100 Saxon Blvd, Daytona - Saxon Crossings Publix  
      • The site will administer 100 tests per day
  • NEW FREE COVID-19 Testing Sites: Walk up and drive-thru testing for residents and non-residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 310 Jean St., Daytona Beach 
    • Drive-thru testing – June 24
    • Walk up testing – June 25
    • Any age, regardless of symptoms. Pre-registration requested, but not required. To register call (386-274-0500) press #. (Photo ID required) 
  • RAPID Antibody Test results at the Deland Wellness Center: Located at 122 S. Amelia Ave., DeLand. (Masks required)
  • For more COVID-19 resources, check out the Volusia County website here.  
  • 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
  • FREE educational programs offered in June:
    • 2150 Eustace Ave –  Lyonia Environmental Center – 386-789-7207, ext. 21028 
  • Volusia Schools Offices are open from June 1st to August 7th, Monday through Thursday 
  • Volusia County Schools plan to start school on the first day (decision to start in person or continue distance learning has not yet been released)
  • Daytona Ice Area reopens to skatersThe arena is is open as well as the bar on the upstairs level
    • Skaters can expect temperature checks before entering. Face masks are not required and skaters are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines 

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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