Central Florida is usually bustling with events, but this year, things are a little different. Instead of summer concerts, patio events, and community festivities, the pandemic has shaken up what a normal summer in the area looks like. Restaurants are at limited capacity, public gatherings are discouraged and restricted, and there are many questions about what the next few months will look like.
This week, we’ve pulled together the most important local headlines to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Clermont, Winter Garden, and Windermere.
Due to the pandemic restrictions, local businesses, including many breweries are unable to operate as usual. This means less demand for their product and fewer customers able to enjoy a cold beer on a hot day. Nearly one third of Central Florida’s breweries are preparing to close their doors permanently over the next few weeks. You can help our local businesses by ordering a case of your favorite local beer online or by phone directly from the manufacturers and brewers.
Planning for Reopening
Many cities in Central Florida are asking residents for their input on plans to ease restrictions and reopen in the coming months. Winter Garden and Clermont are encouraging residents to share feedback about their experiences during the pandemic and suggestions for easing into reopening in the future. Comfort, safety, and community are the priorities. You can reach out to your city hall online or by phone to share your thoughts.
Small Business Grants
Lake County is offering local small businesses the opportunity to apply for specialized small business grants to help reduce the impact of the COVID pandemic. Many businesses have been forced to shut their doors, some for good. These small business grants will be available as part of the federal CARES act. Funding availability depends on size, infrastructure, and business type. Follow the Lake County website to stay up to date on application dates and criteria.
While Central Florida summers are normally filled with events, 2020 has put a hold on many of those exciting activities. It is important to stay up to date with local information and prepare for changes at a moments notice. To get the most up to date information, make sure to follow your city on social media. Both Winter Garden and Clermont city halls have an active presence and are keeping residents of our beautiful community up to date.