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Monday, September 20, 2021

Lake County gearing up to resume in-person services amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares, will resume in-person services on Monday, June 1 with proper social distancing and sanitizing measures in place.

Services also will continue to be provided through email, by phone and online at https://lakecountyfl.gov/online_services.

“County government has continued to be fully functional and operational throughout the pandemic,” said County Manager Jeff Cole. “We have processed permits online, provided services for veterans and those in need over the phone, our parks have been maintained, we have continued to care for the animals in our animal shelter, our first responders have been fully engaged and deployed, and our road and other construction projects have continued to move forward. We are taking all necessary precautions to continue to protect employees and the public as we begin re-opening county buildings to public access on June 1.”

The county’s animal shelter remains open for curbside adoptions, fosters, reclaims and emergency intake at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares.

Beginning Monday, June 1, the following Lake County libraries will observe a limited reopening, with curbside service continuing at some locations:

  • Fruitland Park Library (curbside service offered);
  • Leesburg Public Library (curbside service offered);
  • Astor County Library (curbside service offered);
  • Cagan Crossings Community Library in Four Corners (curbside service offered);
  • Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont (curbside service offered);
  • East Lake County Library in Sorrento (curbside service offered);
  • Eustis Memorial Library;
  • Helen Lehmann Memorial Library in Montverde;
  • Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-the-Hills;
  • Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library in Groveland (curbside service offered); and
  • Paisley County Library (curbside service offered).

Libraries will maintain a limited occupancy rate and limited computer use, with services such as printing and faxing resuming. Meeting rooms will be unavailable and in-person events will not resume until further notice.

For more information please visit www.mylakelibrary.org or call 352-253-6180.

Permitting applications can be completed online at https://lakecountyfl.gov/offices/building_services/. Users needing assistance may call (352) 343-9653, ext. 5.

Lake County’s parks and trails remain open.

Ride LakeXpress is fully operational and will begin collecting fares on Monday, June 1. Lake County Connection paratransit service will continue providing only essential trips.
Housing and indigent burial services remain available via a self-service station in the lobby of 2008 Classique Lane in Tavares or by calling (352) 742-6540.

The Veterans Services office will be open to public access beginning June 1 by appointment only. Federal Veterans Affairs offices remain closed, which may cause some processing delays. Services are available by phone at (352) 742-6585 and email at [email protected].

Visit www.ReopenLake.com to view the county’s detailed public health plan to guide residents, businesses and stakeholders through the recovery process. To sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19.

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