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The City of Melbourne continues to work closely with officials at Brevard County and the Florida Department of Health to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and formulate a coordinated local response. 

The most current information about City of Melbourne operations, event cancellations and postponements, and other changes will be posted to this webpage.

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COVID-19 Call Center: (866) 779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has created a call-in number for questions relating to #COVID19 which is available 24/7. 

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Phase 2

July 1, 2020, Update:

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has amended the emergency order issued on June 26, 2020, regarding the suspension of on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars and pubs to allow any establishment licensed to sell food to also sell alcohol. For details, please see Amended Emergency Order 2020-09

Phase 2 Highlights:

  • People are encouraged to limit gatherings to 50 or fewer, up from 10 or fewer under Phase
  • Restaurants can allow seating at the bar.
  • Bars can open with 50% capacity inside and must be seated for service; outdoor can operate at full capacity. However, on-site alcohol consumption at bars was suspended by the DBPR on June 26.
  • Retail can open at full capacity.
  • Gyms can operate at full capacity.
  • Entertainment businesses, such as movie theaters and bowling alleys, can operate at 50% capacity.
  • Personal service businesses, such as tattoo parlors and tanning salons, can operate following health department guidelines.

For more information about Phase 2, see:

Information about Phase 1:

Specific inquiries may be directed to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR):

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Council Approves Fee Waivers and Business Task Force to Assist Local Businesses

Post Date:04/22/2020 10:55 AM

Recognizing that many of Melbourne’s businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19, City Council approved at its special meeting on April 21 a package of temporary fee waivers and deferrals designed to directly assist businesses. These include:

  • Waiver of special activity application fees for business promotions.
  • Waiver of review fees for building and fire prevention for small businesses (500 or fewer employees) repair or improvement permits under $25,000 in value. Review of plans by Code Compliance and payment of inspection fees will still be required.
  • Waiver of review fees for Historic and Architectural Review Board.
  • Waiver of On-Site Outdoor Seating application review fees for on-site seating and allowance for all restaurants to create or expand outdoor seating up to the allowed occupancy level once permitted to re-open by the Governor. This includes the allowance to place outdoor seating within parking or landscaped areas as approved by the City.
  • Elimination of code enforcement fines by encouraging compliance in lieu of fines, except in cases of serious health or safety concerns.
  • Deferral of Fire Inspection fees.

Waivers will stay in place until September 30, 2020.  All applications and permits would still be required to be reviewed and approved by the City; however, no fees will be charged. 

In addition to providing fee waivers to help businesses recover, the City is also participating in a collaborative effort to help market local businesses as they begin to re-open. City staff along with representatives from Melbourne Regional Chamber, Melbourne Main Street, Eau Gallie Arts District, and the Orlando Melbourne International Airport have formed a task force that has been meeting once a week to discuss ideas and develop plans to promote the re-emergence of Melbourne’s business community through a Melbourne: Back in Business campaign

Since the beginning of the COIVID-19 emergency, the City of Melbourne has made a conscious effort to keep essential City services available for residents and businesses, particularly the services for the development and business communities.

“Although projects and development are continuing to move forward in the City of Melbourne, COVID-19 has changed the economic landscape for many in the small business community,” said Mayor Kathy Meehan. “Now more than ever, it is important for the city and business community to work cooperatively and creatively to help small businesses and residents rebuild and recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.” 

If you have an idea to share with the task force, please e-mail community.development@mlbfl.org

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