COVID-19 Community Update
The City of Cocoa is dedicated to keeping our residents, business owners and customers safe by actively monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. The City’s main priority is communicating best health practices to minimize the spread of COVID19 in our community and amongst employees to ensure the delivery of our core municipal services. For the latest information regarding the COVID19 pandemic and city services, visit our COVID-19 website.
Face Covering Ordinance
On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Cocoa City Council unanimously passed Emergency Ordinance No. 132020 requiring face coverings in places open to the public inside the City limits consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) guidelines to help slow the spread of the COVID19 virus locally. The emergency ordinance will be reviewed by Council approximately every thirty (30) days to determine whether it should be extended or terminated based on the status of the COVID19 pandemic. The ordinance was last extended on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 as well as the addition of face shields to the definition of face coverings and will be reviewed again at the next Cocoa City Council meeting in January. A full copy of the approved ordinance and more information on compliance and exemptions can be found online at our COVID-19 website.
Outdoor Dining Permits
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Cocoa City Council approved a resolution establishing a limited permit-outdoor seating area for local restaurants to be able to expand dining options for patrons while under the seating capacity limitations ordered by the State during the COVID19 pandemic. This resolution allowed restaurants to obtain a limited permit authorizing new, temporary outdoor seating areas that did not exist previously. Council approved to extend the temporary permits through June 30, 2021 allowing establishments the opportunity to continue to recover after shutdowns, capacity restrictions and limited patrons due to the pandemic. In addition, it will also allow those patrons that are still concerned with social distancing the opportunity to patronize these establishments and practice social distancing guidelines.
Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Everyone should continue with mitigation practices as we await the vaccine and as distribution begins. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus (and avoid exposing other people). Continue to practice social distancing, wear a cloth face cover in public, stay home if you are sick, clean your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces.