Volusia County’s offices reopened to the public on Monday. The reopening includes county administrative offices, libraries and various other programs and facilities.
Residents visiting county facilities will notice new measures that have been implemented to ensure the safety of both the public and staff. And they’ll also see some capacity restrictions at some locations to ensure that social distancing measures are maintained.
“We’ve continued to collaborate with our partners and look at health data,” said County Chair Ed Kelley during a news conference in Daytona Beach on Friday. “We feel confident that as long as we all continue to abide by the CDC guidelines and rules that are in place, we’re on the right course to continue the phased reopening.”
In addition to county offices, Kelley announced that playgrounds at county parks have reopened and the county’s popular summer camp program is gearing up at multiple sites around the county. Because of social distancing guidelines, however, space in the summer camp program will be limited.
“As we continue the reopening process, please be patient,” Kelley said. “We need to focus on making the best decisions for the county. Things that you do, things that I do, things that we all do affect each other.”
Full details can be found on the county’s website, www.volusia.org.
County offices are reopening to the public on Monday. The public will see some new health and safety measures, such as Plexiglas barriers and floor markings for social distancing. Residents are requested to wear face masks when entering county buildings.
Marine Science Center
The Marine Science Center will begin a phased reopening on the weekends beginning on Saturday, June 6. The hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Visitors will be required to pass a health screening before being allowed to enter and attendance will be limited to 40 visitors at one time. The center won’t offer live animal presentations and classroom and bird exhibits also will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Lyonia Environmental Center
While the center remains closed to public tours, staff at the Lyonia Environmental Center is bringing back some of the center’s popular educational programs. Already, eight programs have been scheduled for the month of June. With social distancing in mind, the programs will be limited to 10 attendees.
All playgrounds in county-operated parks have reopened.
Beginning Tuesday, June 2, DeBary Hall will reopen to the public for tours at limited capacity.
Volusia County will be operating summer camp at 13 sites around the county for children ages 5 to 12. The sites include locations in Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill on the east side of the county and DeLand, DeBary, Orange City and Pierson on the west side. Space is limited. Registration will be held online on June 3 from 9 a.m. until each site has reached capacity. Five-year-olds must have completed kindergarten.
Summer food program
Volusia County’s Human Services Office is sponsoring a summer food service program from May 18 through Aug. 14 to provide free breakfast and lunch for children ages 18 and under. A total of 54 sites have been established for the program, which provides nutritionally balanced meals during summer break when schools are closed. It’s funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Effective Monday, Votran will resume collection of bus fares and front door boarding on all vehicles.