Here are the 5 Things You Need to Know In and Around Osceola County for July 17, 2020!

  1. All Walmart and SAMS Club stores will be requiring customers to wear masks starting Monday, July 20 to assist in preventing coronavirus.

In the announcement Walmart stated that about 65 percent of their stores and clubs are in locations where the local government already requires some sort of mandate on face masks similar to the one here in Osceola County.

The new mask requirement will help to bring consistency across all stores and clubs and will not start until July 20 to allow proper training of employees and inform shoppers of the change.

  1. Osceola Arts auditions for the new season will be held Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3.

The first show of the season, In the Heights, will begin rehearsals on August 9 and will run September 25 through October 11. For this show they are seeking contemporary musical theatre, pop, rap singers and actors. They would like to see dynamic storytellers and vocalists of all ethnicities.

Auditions will be held virtually over Zoom and by appointment only every half hour from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. Those looking to audition must be 18 years or older and come prepared with a contemporary musical theatre, pop or rock selection of no more than 32 bars.

For more information visit the Osceola Arts Facebook page.

  1. SeaWorld will be hosting another “Flicks and Fireworks” night this weekend July 17 and July 18.

Guests will again be able to enjoy local food trucks beginning at 7:45 p.m. and the movie will start after the 9 p.m. fireworks display. SeaWorld has chosen Surf’s Up to play on July 17 and Madagascar to play on July 18.

More information can be found and tickets can be purchased for $50 per car at

  1. Coca-Cola will be launching a touch-free Freestyle machine to help restaurants that have stopped using soda fountains as a result of coronavirus.

This new machine will give customers the chance to chose and pour their drinks by using an app on their phone. All you have to do to use the machine is point your phone camera at the display to scan QR code and the app will allow you to chose your drink and flavor hands off.

According to Coca-Cola the software will be pushed to more than 10,000 Freestyle dispensers later this summer with all Freestyle dispensers becoming hands off by the end of the year.

  1. If you’re heading to Publix, be sure to bring a mask because all stores will be requiring them beginning July 21.

This new requirement will help the store to keep employees and customers safer with the rising COVID-19 cases within Florida and across the U.S. The requirement does not apply to young children and those who cannot wear a mask according to CDC guidelines.

Publix encourages customers who cannot wear a mask to consider utilizing Publix delivery or curbside pickup.

Publix is not alone in this new requirement as they are joining stores such as Walmart, SAMS, Target, Kohl’s, Starbucks, Best Buy and CVS in requiring masks in all stores across the U.S.

And now for today’s weather: You may want to bring an umbrella with you as you’re out and about this afternoon as we can expect up to a 40 percent chance of rain. Temperatures are still on the rise for the summer as we will see a high of 89 around 1 p.m. and temperatures will stay warm throughout the evening resting in the mid to low eighties. Remember to stay hydrated if you will be in the heat and look out for pets and animals.