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City of Orlando Declares State of Emergency

Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared a State of Emergency in the City of Orlando to further the efforts in fighting the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure quicker access to needed supplies.

The City of Orlando continues to work with lead agencies Orange County and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, to ensure a coordinated response.

Below is the latest information on the City of Orlando's response to the threat of COVID-19, including information on cancellations and postponements of city-hosted, city-sponsored and city-permitted events and information on how residents can get connected to resources.

Event and Meeting Update

In an abundance of caution and as a proactive effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure within our community, following the direction of Orange County, the City of Orlando will cancel or postpone city-hosted, city-sponsored and city-permitted events with an estimated attendance of 250 or more people effective Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m.

This action will remain in effect through March 31, 2020, and the city will reassess the postponements and make adjustments as needed, keeping the safety of the public at the forefront of the city’s decision-making process.

This includes all parades, concerts, festivals and similar activities and events hosted in city-owned facilities, parks and on public right-of-way.

A full listing of city-hosted, city-sponsored and city-permitted events impacted will be on the city’s webpage dedicated to the city’s response to COVID-19 at

The City of Orlando also recommends that events or gatherings of 250 or more people being hosted by organizations in other social, spiritual and recreational venues, lodges, neighborhood clubhouses, assembly halls, hotel ballrooms and other like facilities be cancelled or postponed.

Increased Risk Populations

To further help those at risk in our community, the City of Orlando has temporarily closed its Orlando Fire Museum, Beardall and L. Claudia Allen Senior Centers and has suspended all senior events at our neighborhood centers.

Per recommendations from the CDC, the City is encouraging those who are most susceptible to being impacted by this virus, including older adults and those who have underlying medical conditions to limit their social interactions by staying home, avoiding gatherings and other situations of potential exposure.

City Operations

At this time, City Hall remains open for business and fully operational.  Residents should not experience any interruption in municipal services.


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