Dunnellon, FL City of Dunnellon officials on March 18, 2020 declared a local state of emergency for the City of Dunnellon in regards to COVID-19. In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens the City has taken action. Here are some of these actions:
- Effective 3/23/2020 City Hall along with all city offices will be closed to the public. However, normal services such as sanitation, public works projects, building permits/inspections, public safety, and City Administration are available remotely.
- Interior and Exterior building Inspections are available subject to property owner screening and a modified process.
- All departments have established operational plans and guidelines to ensure continuity of service.
- If you need to drop off or pickup paperwork from City Hall or any city office, please call 352-465-8500 and arrangements will be made remotely or special arrangement can be made for a drop off/pickup location at City Hall using an abundance of caution to keep you and city staff safe.
- We ask that you please not make such arrangements if you are sick or experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
- The City has created a COVID-19 informational module on its website homepage www.dunnellon.org.
- Marion County Health Department COVID-19 hotline is 352-644-2590.
- If you are not feeling well or have symptoms, please contact your health care provider.
- Florida Department of Health 24/7 call center 1-866-779-6121.
- Effective 03/24/2020 Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-82, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
- Effective 03/24/2020 Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State General Surgeon and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons 65 years of age urging them to stay at home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- Effective immediately, the City has closed certain facilities and canceled events, certain permitted activities, and certain meetings until further notice. (see list below)
City of Dunnellon officials continue to work closely with the Marion County Emergency Operations Center, Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Marion County Sheriff’s Office to help residents, visitors and employees navigate this difficult circumstance. We urge everyone to be diligent and practice safe hygiene.
Facility Closures Until Further Notice
- All playground areas including L.O. Robinson Park, Ernie Mills, Chaplin A. Dinkins, III Memorial Park (City Beach) will remained closed. However, at this time, Ernie Mills Park main park area is open. You are encouraged to self-sanitize any park amenities such as picnic tables before you use them. The City does not have the resources to disinfect these areas between each use.
- Chaplin A. Dinkins, III Memorial Park (City Beach) entire park area is now closed as of 3/21/2020.
- Effective 3/27/2020 Blue Run Park Tuber’s Exit has been closed. The City is receiving complaints that the social safe distancing executive order is being violated and large crowds are congregating using the small area for swimming.
- Blue Run of Dunnellon Park trails will remain open.
- Effective 3/22/2020 all public restroom facilities are closed and will remain closed through the Declaration of Emergency.
- Effective, 3/31/2020, the State boat ramp facility behind Dunnellon City hall will remain closed to coincide with Marion County’s decision to close County owned boat ramps for the health, welfare and safety of the community.
- For questions or more information please call City Hall at 352-465-8500.
Cancelled Events or Meetings
- Boomtown Days - Dunnellon Chamber Business Association (352) 489-2320.
- Easter Sunrise Service behind City Hall - First Baptist Church of Dunnellon (352) 489-2730.
- Easter Egg Hunt at Ernie Mills Park - Rainbow Springs Village Church 352-489-0249.
- City Council Workshop Meetings during the declared state of emergency.
- 03/24/2020 Regularly scheduled Planning Commission has been cancelled.
- At this time Regular Council meetings will continue, addressing time sensitive matters only. Procedures have been implemented to provide a safe distance between board members and staff. Spectators are subject to screening and attendance procedures to ensure their safety and the well-being of those around them.
- Electronic meeting procedures are being developed for City Council to review and consider approving at the April 13th Council Meeting. This may have an affect on how City board meetings will be conducted for the remainder of the Declaration of Emergency.
The City of Dunnellon is watching the situation carefully. City staff is working extremely hard to do everything we can to continue to serve your local government related needs while keeping everyone as safe as possible.