Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 3/16/2020

The F.A.C.E. Board of Directors and our partners at the Institute of Government/University of Central Florida continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As I'm sure you are aware, this is a rapidly evolving event.

"Non-essential" events and meetings are being cancelled across the Nation. Local jurisdictions are banning employee travel and in some cases even small meetings have been cancelled. As of March 13, 2020 the Florida University system moved to an online class format. As of March 16, 2020 the IOG/UCF offices will be closed for at least the next two weeks. Staff will work remotely and email is the best method of contact: iog@ucf.edu.

The F.A.C.E. Board of Directors will be monitoring our email and will endeavor to reply quickly. Please be patient with us, we all have demanding full time jobs and we are dealing with the same type chaos you are.

The University of South Florida at Tampa cancelled the F.A.C.E. certification course scheduled to begin March 16th.  The University of Central Florida cancelled the certification course scheduled in Lake Mary beginning March 23rd.  Both IOGs will attempt to reschedule the classes with the cancelled attendees having priority over new registrations. As we learn more, decisions will be made about classes scheduled for April.

I've been asked if we are considering cancellation of the May Budget Workshop/BOD Meeting and the Conference planned for June. At this time we are not considering cancellation of either event. Decisions will be revisited as the crisis evolves. Our fervent hope is that immediate preventive actions will flatten the epidemic sufficiently to get back to business as usual.

Although F.A.C.E. is not an organization of AACE and we don't take direction from them, I received the following statement:

Due to growing concerns related to COVID-19, the American Association of Code Enforcement recommends suspending all non-essential interior property maintenance inspections beginning Monday, March 16th, for two weeks.

The health and safety of officers is their top concern. In the interest of public safety, AACE hopes this precaution will help prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our communities.  Please follow the direction of your jurisdiction.

This situation is rapidly changing. We encourage you to be well informed and proactive in your personal response to this virus. Up to date information is available directly from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  or the Florida Health Department http://www.floridahealth.gov/ Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we F.A.C.E. this public health emergency together.

Cindy L. Drake

President

Florida Association of

Code Enforcement

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