Palm Coast - Mayor Milissa Holland signed the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Emergency Proclamation late Sunday night, March 22, asking all residents to stay home if at all possible, effective immediately.
The proactive measure is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Palm Coast. The measure does allow for residents to leave their homes for essential services, such as grocery shopping, gas and medicine. It also allows for residents to travel to work that cannot be done remotely.
"I am asking that you recognize and adhere to this voluntary order to shelter in place - that is, stay at home - except for certain essential activities," Mayor Holland said. "This is a significant moment for the City of Palm Coast. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to take the necessary actions to slow the transmission of this virus by staying home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave your home. I realize this is an unprecedented request for action, but we are facing an extraordinary crisis. We have an opportunity to take actions that have a known effect to slow transmission of the COVID-19 virus and reduce infections. Furthermore, it is vitally important we take these steps to do what we can to prevent a strain on our healthcare system. As a community we can make decisions today that will have an impact on the severity and longevity of COVID-19 in the City of Palm Coast."
Social distancing, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as space of six feet or more between individuals, has been identified as the main component in combating the spread of COVID-19.
"This is an unprecedented global event," said City Manager Matthew Morton. "Since early February, the City of Palm Coast has been mobilizing all of its tools, resources and knowledge toward fighting the coronavirus. This is a call to action for our residents, by embracing the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" practices outlined in this proclamation, we can continue to demonstrate our community's compassion and resiliency. While your City continues to work hard on your behalf, we need your help to slow the spread of the coronavirus."
"When this is over, it is imperative that we look back and do not question whether we did enough," Mayor Holland said. "The quicker that we accept our reality and act upon it, the quicker we can return to normalcy."