This regular bi-weekly COVID-19 operational update is for the fourteen days from Thursday November 5 through Wednesday November 18.
The City’s requirement for employees and members of the public to mask while inside our municipal facilities remains in place, and hand sanitizer stations have been conveniently located just inside the entry doors of our municipal buildings so as to seek to maximize their use as soon as people enter. Two employees are currently quarantined.
With the expiration of the Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-246 on November 1, City Council and City advisory boards must now achieve an in-person quorum to conduct business. We will insure adequate protections and spacing in our City Council Chamber, while continuing to allow citizens a remote participation option.
In accordance with the authority granted the City Manager in Section 11 of the West Melbourne Emergency Masking Ordinance No. 2020-05, I have administratively extended the City Council’s Emergency Masking Ordinance to midnight on Monday November 23. Tomorrow, I will evaluate the need to extend the requirement another week to Monday November 30, and more likely than not I will probably approve the extension.
The City Council’s emergency ordinance allows for these administratively approved one-week-at-a-time extensions so long as there is an active COVID-19 emergency in the State of Florida. On November 3, Governor DeSantis extended the COVID-19 state of emergency via Executive Order Number 20-276. The extension is for 60 days to January 2, 2021.
As required by the emergency ordinance, each time I have administratively extended for one week the sunset date of the ordinance, this determination has been filed with the City Clerk and posted on the City’s web site. Each time the sunset date has been extended, this information has also been directly provided to the identified ‘essential businesses’ by members of the City’s Police Department.
Over the past two weeks, I have participated in COVID-19 conference calls with the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center. I have scheduled our next County, City and Town Manager COVID-19 conference call for December 3. In these calls, the municipal and county managers share current information and planned actions related to each local government’s evolving responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.