Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of New Smyrna Beach is actively monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with our county, state, and federal public health partners. Below are actions taken by city government as preventative measures against community spread of COVID-19.

Effective Mar. 17, the City Commission adopted an emergency declaration to allow for work without adherence to regular procedures and invoke emergency related mutual aid assistance. On Mar. 24, the declaration was set to run concurrently with and terminate at the same time as Volusia County’s state of emergency.

If you have questions about being tested for COVID-19, please read Volusia County Health Department’s Testing FAQ.

For Volusia County Government news releases and to see what measures other cities throughout Volusia County are taking, please visit the Volusia County Emergency Management Public Information Network.

The City Commission will host its first virutal meeting as a preventative measure against community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) when they next convene on Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Agenda items include considering the purchase of a changeable message sign, requests for a stop sign and other traffic calming measures, further discussion of COVID-19 response measures, and more. Please visit Agendas & Minutes to view the agenda and our meetings calendar.

To continue providing opportunity for public participation, the City Clerk’s Office is accepting comment submissions using a Public Participation Request form until Monday, Apr. 13 at 8:30 a.m. A video livestream link via our official YouTube channel will be posted next week.

Would you like to know more? Please visit the city clerk’s new Virtual Meeting Instructions page or contact them directly at clerk@cityofnsb.com or (386) 410-2637.

Governor’s Office Executive Orders

Per Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

"Essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, as well as those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders. Provided below are broad sectors, while a complete can be found in the executive order.

Sectors included in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security bulletin include, but are not limited to: 

  • Healthcare & public health
  • Law enforcement, public safety, and other first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public works and infrastructure support services
  • Communications and information technology
  • Other community- or government-based operations and essential functions
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical
  • Defense industrial base
  • Commercial facilities
  • Residential/shelter facilities and services
  • Hygiene products and services

If you have more quesions about what is considered an essential, please visit this Essential Services & Activities FAQ.

If you believe any business is operating contrary to the Governor’s executive orders, please report the information here.

City Departments & Services

To prevent community spread of COVID-19, most government buildings closed to the public on Mar. 23.

The following public amenities remain open until further notice:

  • City parks and their related facilities, excluding boat ramps | Dawn to Dusk
  • New Smyrna Golf Club, 1000 Wayne Ave. | Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

City Marina is no longer accepting transient docking reservations through Apr. 30.

Normal staffing levels shall maintained, though citizens are strongly encouraged to access city services through e-mail and over the phone to promote social distancing. If a personal appointment is necessary, citizens must schedule an appointment with staff in advance. The city’s main customer service line is (386) 410-2800.

Individual 8 oz. hand sanitizer bottles have been issued to city employees for personal use. For public safety, maintenance operations, and other personnel whose regular duties bring them into direct contact with the public, surgical masks are on request and daily health checks shall be performed at the start of each shift to ascertain fitness for duty.

Event Cancelations

Easter Celebration 2020 is now offering drive-thru service on Saturday, Apr. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Activity bags containing candy-filled eggs will be provided for at-home egg hunts. Please visit the event page for further details.

The following events have been canceled through Apr. 30:

All fees collected by the city for affected special event permits may be either refunded or credited toward a future event.

Boat Ramps

City of New Smyrna Beach’s public boat ramps are closed until Tuesday, Apr. 14 with exemptions for boating activities including commercial fishing, charter companies, and boat dealership sales & service at North Causeway Boat Ramp-Eastside only. Affected boat ramps include:

  • Swoope Boat Ramp, 2455 Boat Ramp Dr.
  • North Causeway Boat Ramp-Eastside
  • North Causeway Boat Ramp-Westside

Vehicles and tow trailers parked at these boat ramps will still be required to pay regular fees or possess a current annual pass as required.

Boaters should avoid Disappearing Island and other sand bars that attract crowds. The Volusia Sheriff’s Office will closely monitor the ramps and popular boater sites for crowds and congestion. Boat ramps will be closed and sand bars cleared if crowd control and social distancing measures are not followed.

The New Smyrna Beach City Commission will discuss extending or lifting the ramp closures at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 210 Sams Ave.

Beaches

Volusia County beaches are closed. However, in an effort to provide an outlet for physical exercise, Volusia County has relaxed the prohibition of certain exercise-related activities on the beach. Exceptions to the closure are in place for the activities of walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing and swimming. Activities such as sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports or lying on blankets and grouping of people on the beach remains prohibited. A minimum of six-foot social distancing shall apply, and social distancing orders issued by the federal and state government must be observed. When permitted activities are complete, beachgoers are required to leave the beach.

Beach Safety staff will continue to fly the double-red flag. Swimmers swim at their own risk and lifeguards may not be on duty.

Beach Safety staff will first educate violators. Those who refuse to comply or repeatedly violate the closure will be issued a second-degree misdemeanor.

City of New Smyrna Beach beachfront parking lots

In cooperation with Volusia County Government’s move to close beaches countywide, the City of New Smyrna Beach closed its beachfront parking lots as a preventative measure against community spread of COVID-19 on Apr. 3. City of New Smyrna Beach beachfront parking lots include:

  • 27th Avenue Beachfront Park, 3701 S Atlantic Ave.
  • Esther Street Beachfront Park, 551 Esther St.
  • Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park, 201 Buenos Aires St.
  • Grayce K. Barck North Beach Community Park, 1100 N Atlantic Ave.
  • Marianne Clancy Park, 901 S Atlantic Ave.

Pools

The COVID-19 virus is deactivated quickly using Florida rule compliant chlorine or bromine concentrations in pools and spas. There is no evidence it can be spread by the water per World Health Organization and the CDC. Also more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of handrails/ladders, restrooms, door handles, gates and furniture is suggested to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please visit Water Transmission and COVID-19 for further details.

There is not a mandatory requirement to close a pool by the state of Florida. The Governor’s recent Executive Order does not discuss pools but does address beaches with a gathering of 10 persons maximum and social (physical) distancing of 6 feet to aid in preventing spread of the virus.

The pool owner currently has the discretion to determine if they should implement this public health social (physical) distancing recommendation. If the pool is left open for patrons to use for cooling down or for exercise, the chairs on the pool deck could be removed to discourage groups of over 10 people gathering together.

Business Resources

The Business Damage Assessment Survey has been activated by the Governor’s Office to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida local business operations. After filling out the survey, federal, state, or local agencies may reach out to you about business relief services and programs, such as Small Business Administration loans of up to $2 million available for small businesses without credit available elsewhere to help pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses.

External Information Resources

Other Government Agencies

Data Dashboards

10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home


COVID-19 Meeting Videos

Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Mar. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13 at 3:30 p.m.