The South Lake Chamber of Commerce understands the COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) Pandemic has the potential to impact our local businesses. We also recognize there is a lot of misinformation and overreacting that can potentially cause a secondary impact on our local economy.  Our goal is to keep our members informed throughout the process with updates that we receive through numerous organizations on the city, county, state and federal levels.

Florida, and South Lake County, are open for business. We are in regular communication with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, state public health agencies, the various municipalities we represent and the CDC. If the CDC, or any of the aforementioned agencies, change their recommendations, we will notify South Lake Chamber members immediately.

At this time all regular monthly events and meetings that have been planned are still proceeding as normal. We will follow the CDC’s best practices during these events and encourage anyone who feels under the weather to stay home.

We also encourage our members to allow for flexibility in your sick leave policies allow employees who are sick the abilities to stay home without impacting their leave time. We also advise you to review or implement your remote workplace policies.

This webpage will be updated regularly with current information regarding COVID-19 and resources to assist your business as you prepare for the potential impacts of the virus. This page includes important links from Governor DeSantis’ office, the Emergency Operations Center, Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and our partners at the Florida and U.S. Chambers of Commerce and it will be updated regularly.

The South Lake community is resilient and with a little vigilance and proper planning, we will navigate through the coming weeks. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email our office or call 352-394-4191.

Florida Chamber of Commerce
Lake County Government Website
City of Clermont
City of Groveland
City of Mascotte
City of Minneola
Town of Montverde
Florida Disaster Assistance Homepage
Assessment Survey

Update: April 30, 2020 – Click here for the latest executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis. This executive order is phase one of the Safe. Smart. Step-By-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

Update: April 28, 2020 – Community Health Centers is offering drive-up testing at their Apopka location. You can find more information by clicking here.

Update: April 20, 2020 – CareerSource has developed a new Coronavirus web page that offers services to businesses and career seekers. The link below outlines several new initiatives to both customer groups as well as information to apply for unemployment benefits.

Update: April 13, 2020 – Utilities, Inc. of Florida released information regarding billing and pipe safety. Click here for more information.

Update: April 8, 2020 – Lifestream Behavioral Centers created a 24-hour helpline. Click here for more information.

Update: April 8, 2020 – Visit Lake has created a resource page for tourism partners. Click here for more information.

Update: April 8, 2020 – South Lake Chamber of Commerce has created an Employment Resources tab on the South Lake Strong Page. Please click here to visit.

Update: April 8, 2020 – Elevate Lake has provided information on the Paycheck Protection Program. Click here for more information.

Update: April 2, 2020 – Community Health Centers releases COVID-19 Mental Health tips and resources. Click here for more information.

Update: March 30, 2020 – U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship releases Small Business Owner’s Guide to CARES Act. Click here for more information.

Update: March 30, 2020 – Senator Marco Rubio and the Small Business Committee released a FAQ document regarding the Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. You can read the document by clicking here.

Update: March 30, 2020 – LifeStream Provides Support for Community During COVID-19. You can find more information by clicking here.

Update: March 29, 2020 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce releases an information page on small business emergency loans. You can read all of the information by clicking here.

Update: March 24, 2020 – Community Health Centers offering emergency dental appointments. Please click here to read the full release.

Update: March 24, 2020 – Lake County has released a list of senior shopping hours. Click here to see the list.

Update: March 24, 2020 – Computer Business Consultants answers frequently asked questions regarding remote workplaces. Click here to read the full article.

Update: March 24, 2020 – Community Health Centers Coronavirus update – How to Stay Healthy and Engaged While at Home. Read the full article by clicking here.

Update: March 24, 2020 – Withum has posted several resources including the five benefits of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including paid sick leave and paid family leave provision changes. You can read those articles by clicking here and here. Withum is also hosting a virtual COVID-19 Tax Update hosted by Dan Mayo on Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 p.m. EST. You can learn more about that event by clicking here.

Update: March 24, 2020 – SECO Energy moves to drive-thru and kiosk services only. Click here for more information.

Update: March 20, 2020 – City of Groveland closes city facilities. Click here to read the full news release.

Update: March 19, 2020 – Current Information on Disaster Assistance, Businesses and Employees Florida SBDC at UCF, Lake County. Click here to read the update.

Update: March 18, 2020 – The State of Florida Issues Updates on COVID-19. Click here for the full update.

Update: March 17, 2020 – Chamber Offices will be closed through March 30 but staff will work remotely. Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 17, 2020 – City of Clermont Declares Local State of Emergency, Closes Buildings in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 17, 2020: Lake County Tax Collector’s Office temporarily discontinues face-to-face transactions. Click here to read the official notice.

Update: March 17, 2020 – Governor DeSantis announced restaurants in Florida will stay open with some limitations in response to COVID-19. Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 16, 2020 – Lake County Schools to offer free meals to students during the extended school closure. Please visit their website for pick-up information.

Update: March 16, 2020 – City of Mascotte implements changes to utility payments in recognition of potential financial hardships. Click here for the official statement from City Manager Jim Gleason.

Update: March 16, 2020 – Click here for an announcement from Governor DeSantis.

Update: March 16, 2020 – Click here for Federal Guidance information.

Update: March 15, 2020 – Small Business Association releases guidance for businesses and employers. Click here for more information.

Update: March 15, 2020 – Small Business Association releases guidance for businesses and employers. Click here for more information.

Update: March 13, 2020 – South Lake Chamber of Commerce postpones all March events. Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 13, 2020 – Lake County Schools to remain closed until March 30. Click here for more information.

Update: March 12, 2020 – Lake County Government postpones all county-sponsored events. Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 12, 2020 – City of Groveland cancels events through the end of March. Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 12, 2020 – City of Clermont cancels events through the end of March. Click here to read the full statement.

Update: March 12, 2020 – South Lake Chamber of Commerce cancels March Chamber Breakfast. Click here to read the full statement.

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