COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources and Information
Indian River County in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Indian River County has declared a local state of emergency as an administrative measure to allow for additional purchasing capability as needed and to allow for certain orders going forward if deemed necessary. More information regarding this action.
County Government Services & Facilities
County Recreation Facilities - The following Indian River County recreation facilities are closed until further notice: Intergenerational Center and Fairgrounds. See details on specific recreational facilities below:
While the Indian River County Administration buildings remain closed for regular operations, citizens may utilize the County's online Appointment Scheduler below which allows County staff to offer services and resources to County residents and businesses while also ensuring all social distancing guidelines are followed.
Face Mask Requirements for Visitors and Staff at County Facilities
All individuals who visit indoor Indian River County facilities will be required to wear a face mask or cloth covering. Face masks will be made available for those individuals who enter a County facility and do not have a face mask or cloth covering. If an individual is unable to wear a face mask or cloth covering due to health limitations, age, or other reasons, that person can contact the department they are planning to visit in order to arrange appropriate accommodations per ADA guidelines on face masks.
- Face mask requirement for employees of businesses in unincorporated Indian River County, Visitors of County Facilites, and riders of public transportation - Pursuant to Emergency Order 2020-16 terminates the previous mask order, Emergency order 2020-15. Emergency Ordinance 2020-009 - Face Mask Requirements was passed July 14th with the following in place:
- All persons working in restaurants, grocery stores, food service, salons,
gyms, any retail establishments, or businesses open to the public or any other indoor facility visited by the public shall wear face coverings.
- All persons entering an indoor County facility including, but not limited to; the County Administration Building, libraries, iG center, fire rescue stations, etc. shall wear face coverings.
- All persons utilizing public transit and transportation in Indian River County shall wear face coverings.
- All other persons physically present in any public place in Indian River County are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.
- A face covering includes any covering which snugly covers the nose and mouth, whether store bought or homemade, and which is secured in place. Persons who wear masks should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding properly and safely applying, removing, and cleaning masks.
- DBPR Approval of County Plan for Vacation Rental Operations - The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has approved the Indian River County Short Term Vacation Rental Safety Plan. Indian River County recognizes the importance of keeping residents and visitors safe, and has established the following plan for the safe reopening of short term vacation rentals in the county. This plan was developed in response to the Governor's announcement of Full Phase 1 of the "Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step" guidelines for reopening Florida. It was developed based upon guidance from the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the vacation rental industry, and with other counties in the State of Florida. View the Indian River County Short Term Vacation Rental Safety Plan.
- Local Restaurants Update- In order to provide local restaurants and food establishments the ability to re-open in a viable manner, Indian River County has waived temporary use permitting and site plan restrictions which govern temporary outdoor dining areas. This waiver applies to any restaurant or food establishment located in the unincorporated areas of Indian River County as well as those located in the City of Sebastian. Restaurants located within the City of Vero Beach should contact the City of Vero Beach Planning Department at (772) 978-4550 to facilitate additional outdoor seating.
County Department offices under the Board of County Commissioners - As Indian River County continues a phased and strategic approach to safely re-open County facilities, we are pleased to announce the ability to schedule appointments with County staff by using the new Appointment Scheduler.
Community Development Department
Effective Monday June 1, 2020, offices are open for consultations by appointment only. Appointments can be made online, by calling 772-226-1230, or emailing email@example.com.
View details on the types of consultations available and appointment availablity.
*IMPORTANT - Appointments are for consultations only – Permit submission will continue to be done by phone, electronically, and/or by using one of our convenient Dropoff and Pick-up boxes in the Lobby of the County Administration Building.
- Public Works Department - NEW! Effective Tuesday, June 2nd, offices are open for appointments only. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Please be advised that no more than three people will be permitted to attend a scheduled appointment in order to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines are followed. Appointments can be made online, by calling 772-226-1384, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Works Department will continue to accept departmental permits and conduct departmental business by phone, email, and/or by using one of our convenient Dropoff and Pick-up bins located in the Lobby of the County Administration Building. Departmental permits consist of Right-of-Way Permits, Residential Lot Drainage Permit submittals or resubmittals, Land Development Permit applications and resubmittals, Stormwater permit applications or resubmittals, Project inspection submittals, and all other types of submittals or applications normally processed by the Public Works Department under normal circumstances. Instructions for Submitting Paper Documents to Public Works. Indian River County Public Works Engineering Division has been begun an E-Permitting process (electronic permitting). Please review the appropriate policy and process at this link for submittals of the following:
- Single Family Residential Right-of-Way Permit Applications
- Right-of-Way Permit Applications Commercial and Utilities
- Land Development, Stormwater and associated Right-of-Way Permit Applications
- Utilities Department - Appointments with staff from the Utilities Department can be made through the Appointment Scheduler or by phone at 772-770-5300. Utility payments and applications for new service can be made by visiting www.ircutilities.com.
As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department will only accept utility payments online, by phone, drop box, or drive thru at the County Administration offices. While the Utility Department's physical offices will be closed to the public, our employees will continue to be available via phone and via email and will ensure that all residents may access the functions and information they need without person-to-person contact at the County Administration offices. Beginning July 13th 2020 Indian River County Department of Utility Services will be resuming disconnections for non-payment. Please contact customer service at 772-226-5300 for any assistance you may need for payment arrangements to avoid disconnection. Instructions for Utilities payment and applications
- Goline Bus Service - Beginning April 9, 2020, GoLine will be limiting the number of people on a bus to no more than 10 passengers. An overflow bus will be operating from the Main Transit Hub to accommodate additional passengers when needed. In addition, the following temporary service changes are being implemented on GoLine:
- Saturday transit services resumed Saturday, May 9th on its regular Saturday schedule
- Route 11 service suspended until further notice (effective April 9, 2020).
- The stop located at Orange Blossom will become a special stop. Riders can call the dispatcher at 772-569-0903 and Route 3 will be dispatched to them.
- Route 15 service suspended until further notice (effective April 6, 2020).
Please be advised that these service suspensions are temporary and GoLine will resume its regular operating schedule as soon as conditions permit. For more information or questions about arranging alternative transportation, please contact GoLine Offices at 772-569-0903 or visit the website at www.golineirt.com.
Beaches and Parks
- Aquatic Centers are open for lap swimming only - The Gifford Aquatic Center and North County Aquatic Center are open for lap swimming only as of Tuesday May 12, 2020. GAC opens at 10 AM and NCAC opens at 9 am. One swimmer will be allowed per lane. Physical distancing, and enhanced sanitization measures will be in place at both locations. Visit ircrec.com/pools for contact information.
- The Indian River County Shooting Range - will be re-opened on Friday, May 8th and operate during regular business hours. Various policies have been established to ensure adherence to CDC social distancing guidelines. Classroom use, spectator viewing on the gun and archery ranges, and gatherings of more than ten people will not be permitted at this time. For more information, review the range guidelines here or call 772-581-4944.
- Sandridge Golf Course Reopening: Sandridge Golf Club is now open to the public as of May 1st, 2020 and will operate under new guidelines to promote social distancing and ensure heightened cleaning practices. In order to limit person to person contact, all tee times must be booked and pre-paid online by visiting www.sandridgegc.com. Read Full Press Release
- All OUTDOOR tennis and pickle ball courts operated by Indian River County, City of Vero Beach, and City of Sebastian are open. Play will be limited to singles play only. Please remember to abide by all social distancing guidelines while playing.
- County Playgrounds: All County operated playgrounds, along with those operated by the cities of Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Fellsmere, are closed until further notice. However, all County Parks and Conservation areas remain open, as well as the restroom facilities located at those County Parks and Conservation areas.
- Beach Access Points Reopened: All public beach access points in Indian River County, except for Seagrape Trail, are open for all regularly permissible beach related activities. Beachgoers may bring coolers, chairs, and other regularly permissible personal belongings to the beach. When visiting the beach, please remember to abide by those social distancing guidelines per the Governor's Executive Order and as recommended by the CDC and do not congregate in groups larger than 10 individuals. Seagrape Trail Beach Access remains closed for a dune crossover project until further notice.
- Donald Mac Donald Campground: Donald McDonald Campground is open and operating under new guidelines to promote social distancing and ensure increased cleaning and disinfecting practices throughout the campground property. Visit ircgov.com/camping for more details and reservations.
- Libraries -
- NEW! Computer appointments are available at Main, North County, and Brackett Libraries.
- Book hold pick-up has resumed at the Brackett Library, IRC Main Library, and North IRC Library. Pick-up will be available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30PM. Patrons must call when they arrive. Staff will then check-out their materials and place them on a table outside of the entrance. Book drops will also re-open at the Main and North branches, however all fines are still suspended. IRC Main Library 772 770 5060 ext 4112 North IRC Library 772 589 1355 ext 4518
- Other library services are closed to the public until further notice. (All E-Books and digital items are still available).
- Courthouse -The Indian River County Courthouse reopened to the Public on Monday, June 1st. Detailed Information on all court closures and services can be found at clerk.indian-river.org/en/covid-19-updates/.
- Property Appraiser - As of March 18, 2020, direct to the public in person services by Property Appraiser personnel are temporarily suspended in all three locations, Main Office at the County Complex, Beachside, and Sebastian will be closed to public access. Visit ircpa.org for online services. More Information
- Supervisor of Elections - Office is open to the public Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.. Visit www.voteindianriver.com
- Tax Collector - The Main, West, and Sebastian offices are open for most services. Appointments must be made online prior to arrival for in-office services. Road tests for driver licenses will not be available at this time. Get more information at irctax.com
- Schools - Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year and will continue with distance learning models already in place. The SDIRC Mobile Cafes will be providing students breakfast & lunch during school closure Visit indianriverschools.org for details.
State Resources and Information
Florida Governor DeSantis Executive Orders
Other State Information
Federal Resources and Information
Local Resources and Information
- United Way of Indian River County announces an Indian River County COVID-19 Community Response Fund. United Way of Indian River County has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, an emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts to support those in Indian River County who have been affected by this crisis. We are working diligently with our partner agencies across the county to best anticipate the needs and hardships of individuals and businesses. Below we have listed resources for food distribution, financial stability, well-being, and ways for you to get involved.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Health Resources and Contacts
- Do you think you may have Coronavirus? Start by calling Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital at 772-226-4846.
- Department of Health Indian River County
- Florida Department of Health
- FDOH DOVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
- FloridaDisaster.org Coronavirus resources and daily reports
- The StrongerThanC-19 Community Action Survey - Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is designed to gather information to help the Department track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; it is not a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice.
- CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker - A guide to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.
- CDC Coronavirus Disease COVID19
- CDC Information for travel
- CDC Guidance for Mass Gatherings
- CDC Preventative Measures to Stop the Spread of Germs
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces - Ongoing mitigation guidance as well as prevention and support for businesses, employers, and workplaces
- CDC Guidance Douments - Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), sorted by audience. See guidance for home, schools, healthcare, businesses, travel, and more.
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
- World Health Organization
Myths vs. Facts
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization and public health entities across the globe are addressing misinformation about the COVID-19. Here are some myths and correlating facts about the virus: