Orange County: New rules regarding restaurants and small businesses

Although the state of Florida suggested restaurants use parking areas or public sidewalks to expand outdoor capacity, businesses in unincorporated Orange County are not allowed to do so, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings during a May 6 press conference.

The requirements for restaurants and retailers that are reopening after a month-long statewide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic were revealed by Demings during a May 6 press conference.

Certain businesses were allowed to reopen on May 4 under a statewide executive order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. But the guidelines limit indoor capacity to 25%, making outdoor seating and tents a solution to accommodate morecustomers.

In addition to the statewide order, businesses in unincorporated Orange County must follow these requirements:

Restaurants with pre-existing outdoor seating and those setting up new outdoor seating must use private property with at least 6 feet of separation between tables. They cannot use parking areas, public sidewalks or public right-of-ways.

Retailers and other businesses in multi-tenant centers need property owner permission to set up anything outside. If the businesses use private sidewalks, there must be a 4-foot path per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Permits are not required to set up a tent if it’s smaller than 12 feet-by-12 feet. Tents cannot block sidewalks or be used in parking areas.

These rules differ from the guidelines the city of Orlando is considering for similar purposes. For example, businesses in Orlando would be able to set up tables in private parking lots and on sidewalks. Many of these measures will go in front of the Orlando City Council on May 11.

Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, on May 1 said his agency recommends restaurants maximize their outdoor seating. That includes putting tables onto sidewalks and into parking lots as long as they’re working with their local jurisdictions to approve these changes, Beshears said during a meeting for the Orange County Guidelines For Reopening working group.

Demings said at the time that businesses could not do this without permitting approval, and his May 6 announcement reveals that stance has not changed.

The slowing number of coronavirus cases locally means the county will continue to move forward with a slow reopening of businesses, Demings said. There were 599 new cases in Florida on May 5, down from 1,200 new cases in the state on April 6, according to the Florida Department of Health.

“We have engaged in a measured approach to reopening. We continue to see those numbers decline. Only time will tell. If it appears those numbers start going back up, then we’ll have to make an adjustment.”

During its May 1 meeting, the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force gave the OK to several protective measures, as most of Florida begins to execute the first phase of reopening. These measures include social distancing, wearing face masks and recommending temperature checks for employees.

Florida has experienced 38,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,539 deaths as of May 6, according to the Florida Department of Health. That includes 1,460 cases and 36 related deaths in Orange County.

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Gov. DeSantis Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday (April 1) as federal and local pressure mounted for him to abandon the county-by-county approach he had implemented.

DeSantis told reporters that he is issuing the order after consulting with President Donald Trump and White House advisers, who have said that Americans need to stay home throughout April.

DeSantis’ move came hours after the U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said on NBC’s “Today” show that he would tell DeSantis that the federal guidelines for social distancing should be viewed as “a national stay-at-home order.”

The state’s confirmed cases are approaching 7,000 deaths have reached 86 and almost 900 are hospitalized with a university model cited this week at the White House showing an exponential growth in the coming weeks.

More than 30 other states had already issued such orders, including other large states such as California, New York, and Illinois. Those all acted more than a week ago.

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Orange County under two-week ‘stay at home’ mandate, starting Thursday night

Orange County under two-week ‘stay at home’ mandate, starting Thursday night

Posted By  on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm


Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Sheriff John Mina and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called a meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday to announce the county will be under a stay-at-home order for two weeks, to begin Thursday night at 11.

“Orange County now has at least 50 cases within our county,” said Demings. “On March 15, just one week ago we had just one case. It is an understatement that it is spreading throughout our community.”

The entire county will be asked to stay at home as much as possible except for “essential business.” Demings said he had a conversation with other Florida mayors, and spoke to leaders from hospitals to receive input.

“We believe this is the most effective way to deal with the coronavirus threat,” said Demings. “Our goal is to get our lives back to normal as soon as possible.”

Dyer noted that “every single mayor” in the county was in agreement with the decision.

There were hints of the announcement from the Tampa Bay Times earlier in the day, and some frustration with Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“It’s become clear the governor is not going to do a statewide order,” Dyer told the Times. “So we think that three of the leading most populous counties in Central Florida, we do know that some of the smaller countries tend to follow Pinellas, Hillsborough and Orange County’s lead. So by being the point of the spear it allows other smaller counties some cover to do what they need to do.”

The announcement comes on the same day as the International Olympic Committee announced the Tokyo Olympic games will be postponed unto 2021, and that the president of Harvard University, Lawrence Bacow and his wife Adele Fleet Bacow tested positive for the virus.

Gov. Ron DeSantis had been resisting growing calls for Florida to institute a similar lockdown statewide. DeSantis even pushed for restrictions on travelers from New York, saying their desire to escape a potential statewide lockdown there could bring hundreds of people with coronavirus to Florida.

“There’s over 190 direct flights from the New York City area to the state of Florida, and I would reckon given the outbreak there, that every single flight has somebody on it who is positive for COVID-19,” DeSantis said Monday. “We don’t have people coming from Wuhan, we don’t have people coming from Milan, yet you have a flood of people still coming from New York City.”

On Tuesday, DeSantis held a video press conference to explain the move, asking all nonessential businesses to move 50 percent of their workforce to telecommuting.

“There’s no way a nine-month shutdown would be sustainable,” he said.

State Senate Democrats flooded the governor’s office with letters on Tuesday, urging him to issue a shelter-in-place order.

“That is the dumbest shit I have heard in a long time,” said state Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens), Politico reported. “This is a day-by-day crisis. Italy damn near saw 1,000 people die in one day, and there are people proclaiming we got this and have it solved in 15 days?”

Viral images on social media compare the relatively empty streets of tourist-dependent Paris to the spring breaker-packed Clearwater Beach in Florida.

Some Florida municipal leaders, like St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, had already pledged to institute similar shelter-in-place orders on Monday, in the event state and federal authorities failed to issue their own.

The order is currently set to remain in effect until April 9.

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Important Information regarding COVID-19

Dear Fairway Cove Residents,

 The board, in consultation with the association manager and other business partners, has been planning for contingencies that may arise in the community as a result of the spread of COVID-19.  

Based on advice that has been circulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the City of ORLANDO and The Florida Department of Health, we have detailed some possible scenarios and our current plans to deal with them. These plans are subject to change based on CDC guidance and advice from our professional partners.

Association Meetings and Events. The CDC has recommended against any gatherings of 10 or more people through the middle of May which may be extended. That’s why we are postponing community events and nonessential meetings and holding virtual meetings. There will not be a community yard sale in April. It’s also why we are offering residents the option to call in to board & association meetings remotely. Watch for details on the front bulletin board or meeting sign. 

Social distancing. Many experts also are urging people to practice “social distancing,” which is the idea of maintaining a roughly 6-foot distance between people. It also means limiting nonessential travel, avoiding public transportation when possible, working from home, and skipping social gatherings.

Vendors. The community may experience temporary shortages if employees get sick or need to remain at home. Move-ins and move-outs, open houses, construction work, social events, large deliveries, and maintenance may be curtailed until levels return to normal and the coronavirus pandemic is better controlled.

If you get sick.  Medical authorities are strongly urging all persons who exhibit symptoms to stay home and avoid public spaces unless you need urgent medical care. You also should separate yourself from other people and pets in your home (isolation). 

 If you need to need to visit a doctor or get tested for COVID-19, develop a plan before you go:

- Call ahead before visiting your doctor. 
- Wear a facemask if you are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often.
- Avoid sharing household items, such as utensils, plates, 
glasses, and towels.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tables, 
doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, and remotes. 

At the next board meeting, we will be discussing the handling of violations, architectural applications and the collection policy of HOA dues during these uncertain times.

This association will not and does not make any of the decisions mentioned above lightly. These actions are being taken to ensure the health and welfare of the residents of this community. We pledge to keep residents informed of all relevant developments and how they affect the association and our neighborhood. 

It is also incumbent upon residents to take this situation seriously and do their part to minimize the spread of this virus. The association highly encourages you to review safety guidelines and look for updates from the CDC, the local health department, and the World Health Organization. 


If you are elderly, live by yourself or have a current health issue
that may cause difficulty
getting needed supplies, please notify
Helen or Andre with your contact information.
We have a group
of neighbors willing to go shopping for you or just check on you. 

So please remember you are not alone in this.
We are a community of many caring people.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  Stay safe and healthy. 


Helen & The Fairway Cove Board


Andre Wilson, Community Association Manager
6972 Lake Gloria Blvd, Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 469-5305
Resident Support questions –

This information is subject to change. It is published with the understanding that Fairway Cove is not providing legal, accounting, medical, or other professional services or advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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HOA Board Meeting 11/6/19

Fairway Cove HOA Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Metrowest Master Association meeting room located at 2121 S. Hiawassee, Ste.132

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Join a Committee!

We are looking for residents interested in improving our community! Do you have a passion that you can share? Do you see areas that need improvement and nothing is getting done? It takes a village, and our neighborhood is no exception. The more involved residents are in a community, the greater the happiness index of living there, and the property values will increase along with the satisfaction of the residents.

Click the link below to complete the survey if you are interested in joining any of the available committees!

Join a Committee Now!

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Fairway Cove Neighborhood Garage Sale, Saturday October 19!

Clean out your closets! De-clutter the drawers! Gut the garbage! Take advantage of the traffic generated by a neighborhood sale. Fairway Cove HOA will be posting online advertisements, providing security day-of-sale, and street signs.

The garage sale will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8 AM to 12 AM.

Participating residents should have everything cleaned up by 1 PM that day.

If you would like your address to be added to the online posting on several different websites, please send your address and any other relevant information to no later than noon on Wednesday, October 16.

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HOA Board Meeting

September 25th (Wed.) – 6:30-8:00pm : This will be our FIRST meeting with our new Management Company, Leland Management

Topics include Budget discussion

Metrowest Master Association Offices – 2121 S. Hiawassee, Ste 132, Orlando, FL 32835

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Here is a schedule for the upcoming Fairway Cove HOA Board Meetings. All meetings will be held at the Metrowest Master Assc. Office, located at 2121 S. Hiawassee Rd, Ste 132:

August 28th (Wed.) – 6:30-8:00pm : This will be our LAST meeting with our current Management Company, Top Notch

September 25th (Wed.) – 6:30-8:00pm : This will be our FIRST meeting with our new Management Company, Leland Management

October 23th (Wed.) – 6:30-8:00pm : This meeting will most likely be the first meeting to discuss the draft 2020 budget. 

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July 4th in MetroWest

From MWPS –

Please be aware that the MusicWORKS event is this Thursday, July 4th, from 6-10pm at the MetroWest Golf Club. Expect lane closures and traffic delays.

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