Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:13

Governor Ron DeSantis has issued and Executive Order that will allow for a controlled re-opening of all retail businesses throughout Florida. Under the banner of “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” The Governor has outlined new guidelines allowing for a gradual return to normalcy.
The Order and supporting information are provided below. Key points include:

  • The Order will take effect on Monday, May 4th
  • Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are excluded
  • Palm Beach County to enter Phase 1 on May 11. See below)
  • In all other counties all retail and restaurants will be able to open subject to the following limitations:
    • All retail may open with 25% capacity
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with distancing and indoor at 25% capacity with CDC recommended spacing
  • No change to bars, gyms and personal services such as hair salons at this time
  • Face masks are “recommended” in a face-to-face business or in close contact with others
  • There is no definite date indicated when “Phase 2” will be considered – the only indication is “weeks, not months”

State of Florida Executive Orders

Executive Order 20-123, May 15
Regarding Miami-Dade, based on news reports and other social media announcements from elected officials, all indications point to all retail being allowed to open starting on Monday, May 18th, irrespective of the color coded designation in the report. However, news reports are also stating that the cities of Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami Gardens will reopen a few days after the rest of the other cities in the counties – most likely on Wednesday - see article here: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/05/14/reopening-rundown-miami-dade-countys-plans-for-a-new-normal/

As a reminder, please be sure to consult the Miami-Dade County plan for specific requirements for retail. Some of the provisions include:

  • Staff and customers capacity requirement is 50 percent of mall/store occupancy.
  • Elevator capacity limited to 4 with visual markers for passengers to stand on for social distancing.
  • Space out customer queues for fitting rooms and at cashiers with floor markers ever six feet.
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards at checkout stations.
  • Eliminate car valets.
  • Create one way circulation paths inside stores.
  • Remove public seating areas.
  • Customers need to wear face masks or facial coverings at all times.
  • Encourage contactless payment.
  • Merchandise, particularly clothing, must not be handled or tried on by customers and returned to shelves or display racks before being properly cleaned.

Executive Order 20-121, May 14
Limited extension of mortgagge forclosure and eviction relief.

Executive Order 20-120, May 9
Details information regarding Palm Beach County Phase 1.

Executive Order 20-112, April 30
Executive Order outlining Pase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.

Executive Order 20-91, April 1
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues an executive order to limit movements going into effect Friday at 12:01 a.m.. Only travel for essential reasons will be permitted. This includes getting food from grocery stores, going to essential workplaces and seeking medical assistance.

Executive Order 20-89, March 30
Applies to Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties:

  • The 4 Counties shall restrict public access to businesses and facilities deemed non-essential pursuant to the guidelines established by Miami-Dade County’s March 19th EO 07-20;
  • At their discretion, County Administrators may determine additional “essential” retail and commercial establishments that shall not be subject to complete closure;
  • No county or local authority may restrict or prohibit any “essential” service from performing a function allowed under the Order;
  • Essential service establishments not subject to closure shall continue to determine, adopt and maintain reasonable measures to ensure sanitation and cleanliness of premises and items;
  • These counties shall not institute curfews pertaining to transit to or from essential service establishments;
  • The Order is effective immediately.

Executive Order 20-88, March 30
Applies to Re-employment of Essential Personnel:

  • Allows for the immediate re-hiring of certain FRS retired employees under certain conditions.

Executive Order 20-87, March 27

  • Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87, ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.

Executive Order 20-86, March 27

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on any travelers entering the state from Louisiana, which has seen an explosion of coronavirus cases.

Executive Order 20-85, March 26

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced Executive Order 20-85, stating that all state employees now have telehealth coverage in their health plans.
  • In addition, DeSantis is ensuring that state employees will have cost sharing for vaccinations waived. These changes are set to last until the expiration of Executive Order 20-52.

Executive Order 20-83, March 24

  • The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Executive Order 20-80, March 23

  • Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person's presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

Executive Order 20-72, March 20

  • This Executive Order prohibits medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries.

Executive Order 20-71, March 20

  • All restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida must suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. Take-out and delivery still permitted.
  • Restaurants may sell and may deliver alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises.
  • All gymnasiums and fitness centers have been ordered to close with the exception of hotels, residential buildings or office buildings.

Executive Order 20-70, March 20

  • Bars and nightclubs with seating of more than 10 people are to close on premise service in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
  • The order shall not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and convenience stores.
  • The order will remain in effect in accordance with the President “15 Day to Slow the Spread”, initiated on March 16, 2020. These closures shall expire on March 31. 2020.

Executive Order 20-69, March 20

  • This Executive Order waives in-person meeting requirements so that public officials can safely continue their duties without impediment.

Executive Order 20-68 , March 17, 2020

  • All bars and nightclubs must close for 30 days as of 5pm on March 17, 2020.
  • All parties gathering on public beaches in Florida must limit their gatherings to 10 people and distance themselves from other parties by a minimum of six feet.
  • All restaurants must limit their occupancy to 50% of their capacity. Restaurants must ensure a minimum of six feet between seated parties.

Executive Order 20-52, March 9

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-52, declaring a state of emergency because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The state of emergency covers all of Florida and gives broad powers to state and local government agencies in responding to COVID-19. It will expire on April 8, 2020, unless extended.

State of Florida Emergency Orders

Extentions of DOH Emergency Rules, April 27, 2020

FDOT Emergency Road Use Permit, April 10, 2020 (Permit is valid through May 8, 2020)
Executive Order 20-52 and the Emergency Order issued pursuant to Executive Order 20-52 authorize the Department of Transportation to relieve the size and weight restrictions for divisible loads on any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, and necessary agricultural commodities in excess of the normal restrictions on weight, height, length, and width restrictions for such vehicles.

Florida Department of Revenue Order of Emergency Waiver – March 26, 2020

  • This order only applies to: sales and use tax, tourist development tax, new tire fees, rental car surcharge, prepaid wireless E-911 fee, lead acid battery fees, and dry-cleaning gross receipts.
  • The Department will waive penalties and interest for late payments for the February 2020 Reporting Period, which was due on or before March 20, 2020, as long as those taxes are reported and remitted by March 31st.
  • For taxpayers adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the March 2020 Reporting Period deadlines will be extended from April 20th to April 30th.
  • For taxpayers not adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the March 2020 Reporting Period deadline will continue to be April 20th.
  • Adversely affected is defined as:
    • The business closed in March 2020 in compliance with a state or local government order issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and following the closure had no taxable transactions for the taxes listed in paragraph 2.8. above; or
    • The business experienced sales tax collections in March 2020 that are less than 75% of March 2019 sales tax collections; or
    • The business was established after March 2019; or
    • The business is registered with the Department to file quarterly

FLHSMV COVID-19 Emergency Order 20-52, April 13, 2020
This order suspends enforcement of the registration requirements pursuant to sections 316.545(4) and 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for commercial motor vehicles that enter Florida to provide emergency services or supplies, to transport emergency equipment, supplies, or personnel, or to transport FEMA mobile homes or office style mobile homes into or from Florida; It Waives the hours of service requirements and apply emergency relief from regulations pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23 for such vehicles; It Suspends the enforcement of the licensing and registration requirements under the International Fuel Tax agreement (IFTA) pursuant to Chapter 207, Florida Statutes, and the International Registration Plan (IRP) pursuant to section 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for motor carriers or drivers operating commercial motor vehicles that are properly registered in other jurisdictions and that are participating in emergency relief efforts through the transportation of equipment and supplies or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services

State of Florida Division of Emergency Management Order No. 20-002, March 11, 2020
Prohibits certain individuals from entering facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, long-term care facilities and adult group homes. This order applies to anyone including visitors, staff and contractors.

FDOT COVID-19 Public Heath Emergency Order, March 13, 2020
Suspends the effect of any statute, rule, or order, as needed to allow the establishment of alternate size and weight restrictions for divisible loads on any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, and necessary agricultural commodities. This order shall expire on the earlier of the expiration or rescission of Executive Order 20-52 or April 12, 2020 unless extended by me.

State of Florida Division of Emergency Managment Order No. 20-005, March 13, 2020
Suspends sections 393.13(4), 400.022(1)(b), 429.28(1)(d), 429.85(1)(d) Florida Statutes, for the particular purpose of prohibiting all individuals from visiting facilities in Broward County, Florida for thirty days from the date of this order. For purposes of this order, a facility includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes.

FLHSMV Order Related to Driver Licenses and Delinquent Fees, March 15, 2020
The Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles authorizes the following: (1)Extend the effective period of driver licenses1 and identification cards with expiration dates of March 16, 2020, to April 15, 2020, for thirty (30) days. (2)Waive the delinquent renewal fees during the extension period for these driver licenses and identification cards.

Federal Orders

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Emergency Waiver, March 24, 2020
FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Agency has initiated this action in response to the President’s declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002, March 13, 2020
By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, except as restricted herein. Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services, such as medical care, or essential supplies such as food, related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.

Mask and Face Cover Orders

Broward County

  • Broward County: Effective at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, all residents must cover their nose and mouth with a cloth mask while inside essential businesses. The order excludes children under the age of 2 and those with difficulty breathing.
  • MiramarAll individuals will be ordered to wear a nose and mouth covering in public, including workers at grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants starting April 13. Delivery service workers must also follow the order.
  • Oakland Park: Residents are urged to wear a cloth face covering when engaging in an essential service or activity.
  • Plantation: Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Plantation is encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering while in any public place.
  • Hallandale Beach: Anybody outside of their home must wear a cloth mask or face covering consistent with CDC guidelines.
  • Fort LauderdaleAll individuals inside any and all essential services and businesses must wear a mask.

Gadsden County

  • Cloths face masks must be worn in public
  • Includes customers and employees at construction sites, pharmacies, grocery stores, and delivery drivers.
  • Masks "shall not be placed on children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask."

Hillsborough County

  • The Emergency Policy Group members endorsed the concept of an order mandating residents to wear face coverings while in public where they will interact with other people. This would include in stores, while using public transit, or running essential errands - members asked that a draft of such an order, similar to one adopted in Osceola County, be prepared for review and implementation at their next meeting on Thursday, April 16.

Miami-Dade

  • Miami-Dade County: Miami-Dade County has ordered residents and workers must wear masks inside restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit and on construction sites. Also included are drivers in vehicles for hire.
  • City of Miami: Residents and workers must wear masks inside retail stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and on construction sites beginning at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday. The order also applies to food delivery workers.
  • Cutler BayCustomers and workers must wear face coverings inside restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and during deliveries. The order goes into effect Friday at 11:59 p.m.
  • Miami BeachMiami Beach workers and customers must cover their nose and mouth while inside grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants. The order does not apply to walking outside, although it’s recommended by the county in accordance to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
  • Miami Lakes: All workers and customers at restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies must cover their nose and mouth. Other essential businesses with 10 or more people inside must also follow this order.
  • City of Homestead: Residents are urged to wear a mask while out in public.
  • North Miami: Employees and customers must wear face coverings inside grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants. Residents must also wear a mask while conducting any activity that requires in-person engagement.
  • Hialeah: All individuals must wear a mask when conducting essential business that involves person-to-person contact. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants.
  • Miami Gardens: All individuals must wear a mask inside grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and retail stores. Workers at construction sites must also follow the order. Effective midnight, Saturday.
  • Palmetto Bay: All individuals inside grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants must wear a mask. Effective 11:59 PM, Saturday.

Monroe County

  • Key WestKey West has ordered residents to cover their nose and mouth while inside businesses until further notice.

Osceola County

  • Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Osceola County is required to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public place.
  • Effective Monday, April 13

Palm Beach County

  • All persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC. 
  • All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
  • A facial covering includes any covering which snugly covers the nose and mouth, whether store bought or homemade mask, or clothing covering, including but not limited to, a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or other similar cloth covering and which is secured in place. 

The City of Delray Beach: 

  • requires all visitors and residents to wear masks when inside grocery stores, convenience stores, retail establishments, pharmacies, retail food facilities or restaurants, and while performing construction or delivery activities.
  • Masks can take any form, as long as they cover the nose and mouth. Homemade masks, made from scarfs, bandanas, handkerchiefs or other similar cloth coverings, are encouraged to reduce the demand on medical or surgical masks needed by healthcare workers. 
  • Employees of grocery stores, convenience stores, retail establishments, pharmacies, retail food facilities, and restaurants shall wear a mask at all times while inside the facility, and all establishments will require that customers wear masks while inside.
  • Additionally, all persons providing delivery services must wear a mask while making deliveries and construction workers are required to wear masks while on the construction site.

Local Government Orders

Alachua County, May 1, 2020

  • All retail may open, however, the Commission deviated from the Governor’s guidelines and opted for an occupancy limitation of one customer per 500 square feet
  • Restaurants may open pursuant to the Governor’s guidelines
  • The Board adopted Miami-Dade’s requirements on Face Masks except while eating at a restaurant
  • In order for the business to be considered essential the primary purpose of the business or majority of the sales must fall clearly within the categories established in the Governor’s Order and that maintained by the State Division of Emergency Management.
  • All non-medical and non-residential businesses and activities allowed under the Governor’s Orders shall limit occupancy by individuals other than staff to one per 750 square feet of covered space as determined by the local authority.
  • All employers are required to allow their employers are required to allow their employees to wear personal protective equipment.
  • Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive order 20-83 and the Health Advisory by the Surgeon General, all individuals should cease participation in social or recreational gathering of more that 10 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 10 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of six feet from each other.
  • Regarding occupancy restrictions - Pharmacy only customers are permitted to be escorted to the pharmacy without waiting in line for entry to the grocery store.
  • Regarding essential businesses - Restaurants and other facilities covered under this section may return to their normal operating hours for takeout only.
  • Regarding essential businesses - Residential and Commercial Related Construction - New construction permits can be issues for those projects which directly involve issues of health and safety.
  • A Stay-at-Home order has been issued effective 12:01 a.m. March 24, 2020
  • People shall remain in their homes except for leaving home for essential activities.
  • Non-essential business operations must cease.
  • All essential businesses and operations are encouraged to remain open.
  • All places of public assembly are closed to the public.
  • All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.

Atlantic Beach, March 16, 2020

  • Alcohol Sales are also banned from midnight to 8a.m. outside of grocery stores.

Aventura, April 9, 2020
Aventura has issued an emergency order requiring masks effective at Noon on Friday, April 10th:

  • All employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and restaurants will be required to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the grocery store, pharmacy, or restaurant facility.
  • All individuals providing delivery services will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while making deliveries.

Broward County, April 10, 2020 Shelter in Place, Safer at Home Order

  • Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, and point of sale terminals; or, alternatively, designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, and points of sale terminals after each customer use.
  • Implement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touch points through the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.
  • All non-essential retail, nonprofit and commercial business locations are ordered closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations;
  • Essential businesses include those we have seen in other orders including liquor, pet stores, and landscape and pool care businesses
  • Does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present and performing services on-site related to the operations of an essential business except as expressly set forth in the order; but all person to the extent practicable must operate in full compliance with measures advised by the CDC include keeping 6 feet between persons and limiting group size to 10 people.  

Clearwater, March 20, 2020

  • All in-person mass gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, consisting of 10 people or more are prohibited, EXCLUDING critical infrastructure and public safety and health functions.
  • All non-essential businesses within the city limits of the City of Clearwater shall be required to CLOSE by no later than 10:00 p.m. (including weeknights and weekends). The term "non-essential businesses" shall EXCLUDE the following: restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, private offices, banks, hotels, hospitals, medical service providers, medical supply stores, hardware stores, gasoline service stations, and automotive supply/repair centers.
  • All restaurants shall cease daily sales of all alcoholic beverages no later than 10:00 p.m. (including weeknights and weekends).
  • Every public place, building, and facility, including all businesses, restaurants, bars, and retail establishments, but excluding public parks, shall have alcohol-based hand sanitizer (so long as publicly available) at every entrance for use by patrons and employees upon entering and exiting.
  • No person or business entity offering goods or services for sale within the city of Clearwater shall charge more than the normal average retail price as defined by §15.01, Code of Ordinances, during the period of the declared emergency.
  • On March 19, Pinellas County government approved a resolution to close Pinellas County public beaches effective 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20 until April 6. Per the Pinellas County resolution, Clearwater Beach will be closed at that time

Coral Springs, March 26, 2020

It is hereby ordered that the brick-and-mortar locations of all non-essential businesses within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Coral Springs close, except those utilizing only remote work or tele-work with no employees or customers at a physical business location. Essential businesses total approved maximum occupancy is reduced to 25% for the entire occupancy of the space, inclusive of employees. This important measure is to ensure that density in the enclosed spaces does not require people to come into close proximity of each other and spread the virus.

The following businesses that are deemed Essential Businesses below are exempt:

  • Healthcare providers and public health operations, including but not limited to:
    hospitals; doctors' and dentists' offices; urgent care centers, walk-in medical clinics, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, research and laboratory services, blood banks, medical cannabis facilities, medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reproductive health care providers, eye care centers, home healthcare services providers, medical transport services, pharmacies;
  • Physical and occupational therapists or therapy centers so long as such operation is conducted pursuant to the regulations provided for within Emergency Order 2020- 09;
  • Retail stores that primarily sell one or more of the following: canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, baby products, pet food or supplies, liquor, fresh or frozen meats, fresh or frozen fish for consumption, fresh or frozen poultry, household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products;
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
  • Social services businesses that provide the following to economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals: food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life;
  • The news media;
  • Gas stations, including the interior service station;
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair facilities where such maintenance or repair occurs onsite and auto repair supply stores;
  • Banks, credit unions, similar financial institutions, and any financial service declared as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce for the financial services sector by the United States Department of Treasury but excluding pawn shops;
  • Retail stores that sell primarily hardware, gardening, and/or building material;
  • Building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, air conditioning, and other tradesmen, building management and maintenance, fire and water damage restoration services, public adjusters, appliance repair, pest control, and businesses necessary for the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residential and commercial property;
  • Logistics, mailing, shipping services, and post office boxes;
  • Laundromats, dry-cleaners and laundry service providers;
  • Restaurants and other places that prepare and serve food for only take-out and delivery
  • Retail stores that sell primarily office supplies;
  • Residential and commercial delivery services;
  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult day care centers, and home based residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness subject to Emergency Order 2020-01 and all Orders issued by any State of Florida administrative agency.
  • Legal services provided by an attorney licensed by the Florida Bar to the extent such services cannot be provided remotely;
  • Accounting services provided by a certified public accountant to the extent such services cannot be provided remotely;
  • Residential and commercial landscaping and mowing services;
  • Residential and commercial pool services;
  • Landscape and mowing service supply retail stores;
  • Pool services supply retail stores;
  • Childcare facilities provided such facility is in compliance with Emergency Order 2020-10;
  • Private transportation providers provided that such transportation is to or from a business provided for within this Emergency Order or a customer's home;
  • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers;
  • Telecommunications providers, including telecommunication provider service and repair;
  • Propane or natural gas providers;
  • Open construction sites to construction workers, engineers, architects, and similar professions at the job site irrespective of the type of construction site;
  • Factories, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial distribution and supply chain facilities used for essential products and industries for the U.S. domestic market;
  • Waste management services;
  • Hotels, motels, temporary vacation rentals, and other commercial lodging establishments provided that only Essential Lodgers are lodged. "Essential Lodgers" are defined as: (1) healthcare professionals, (2) first responders, (3) National Guard members, (4) law enforcement, (5) state or federal government employee, (6) airline crew members, (7) patients, (8) patients families, (9) journalists, (10) a person providing direct services in response to COVID-19 , (11) displaced residents or visitors, (12) persons utilizing hotels as transitional living arrangements, (13) persons sheltering in hotels due to domestic violence, (14) hotel employees, service providers, and contractors, or (15) individuals who, for any reason, are temporarily unable to reside in their home due to exigent circumstances;
  • Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities;
  • Mortuaries and funeral homes providing only embalming or cremation services;
  • Stores that primarily sell firearms and ammunition excluding pawn shops;
  • Local, state, or federal government contractors providing services that directly relate to a governmental response of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Licensed insurance agents or agencies provided that such administration and issuance of insurance cannot be accomplished remotely;
  • New and used car dealerships may operate remotely, online, telephonically, via mail, and through other technological means, and delivery shall take place at the customer's home following all social distancing best practices.

All retail stores that are Essential Businesses an exempted from closing to the public shall:

  • Provide disinfectant wipes for shopping carts and baskets or disinfect shopping carts and baskets after each use;
  • Disinfect hourly, at a minimum all check out areas, including but not limited to conveyer belts, cash registers, and credit card areas;
  • Disinfect after close or before opening all areas of the store that customers may touch or come into contact;
  • Require employees to wash and/or disinfect their hands at least once per hour;
  • Clean and disinfect any pen or stylus used to sign receipts after each customer or waive the need to sign a receipt;
  • Use best efforts to ensure that no more than ten (10) people, including staff, are gathered in any particular area of the store;
  • Use best efforts to ensure that customers at check out are separated by at least six (6) feet:
  • All door handles used by the general public shall be disinfected at least hourly during business hours;
  • All Essential Businesses that utilize a waiting room, such as medical offices, law offices, accounting offices, and auto repair, shall take the following social distancing measures in addition to any other measure required by law or Emergency Order:
  • No person shall be seated within six (6) feet of another person, however, groups of people that arrive with each other as a single group may be seated next to each other;
  • All seats used by a person shall be disinfected after each use;
  • All door handles used by the general public shall be disinfected at least hourly during business hours;
  • No person exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms shall be permitted to wait in any customer waiting area, however; nothing prohibits any medical provider from allowing a patient through a customer waiting area to a treatment room so long as no other person is within six (6) feet of the patient exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms; and
  • An open air waiting area shall be made available for patients and customers.

All businesses shall:

  • Prohibit any employee from entering the place of business if the employee has a fever that exceeds 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • Prohibit any employee from entering the place of business if the employee is exhibiting flu like or COVID-19 like symptoms;
  • If practicable, use best efforts to ensure that employees have six (6) feet between each employee and the next closest person;
  • Not allow more than 25% of their approved maximum capacity into any location;
  • Any person that must wait outside of a business to enter into a business shall be spaced a minimum of six ( 6) feet from the next closest person provided that groups that arrive as a single group may be closer than the six (6) foot distance separation requirement.

All non-essential businesses required to close may designate two (2) people during the time this Order is in effect access to the site to conduct Minimum Basic Operations. "Minimum Basic Operations" means the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate employees working remotely, provided such businesses shall practice, and ensure persons interacting with and within such businesses practice any and all social distancing guidelines advised by the CDC.

In an effort to further social distancing and close areas where members from different households congregate and used shared equipment and seating, all pools and gyms that are amenities of a hotel, condominium or homeowner’s association, office, or other structure are hereby ordered closed.

This Order does not close religious services at a place of worship. All places of worship shall have their approved maximum capacity reduced to 25%. In addition, each person must be spaced a minimum of six (6) feet from the next closest person. However, people in groups that arrive as a single group may be closer than the six (6) foot distance separation requirement.

Cutler Bay, April 8
The Town of Cutler Bay order requires all customers and employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants to wear face coverings. All other essential businesses are encouraged to do the same.

Daytona Beach, April 1
An overnight curfew for Daytona Beach residents has been established in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The nightly curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Thursday, April 2, and will in place through 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, unless terminated or extended by city officials. There are specific exceptions to the curfew including travel to and from work, medical emergencies and food delivery services. Restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery and take-out services are still able to remain open

Delray Beach, March 18, 2020

  • The City is reducing restaurant occupancy by 50% during all hours of operation and designating a restaurant closing time of 10 p.m., effective March 17, 2020. Restaurant delivery and take-out service will be exempt from the regulation.

City of Doral, March 25, 2020 - Stay-at-Home Order

  • Effective 11:59 p.m. March 25,2020 thru April 1, 2020, City of Doral residents must isolate themselves in their residences and remain at home
  • All travel is prohibited, people may lawfully leave their residence while this Order is in effect only to engage in the activities listed below:
    • Essential retail and commercial activities include grocery stores; convenience stores; food distribution centers; restaurants (for take-out and delivery only, and subject to social distance separation of at least 6 feet between patrons); hospitals, pharmacies, and health care providers (including doctor's offices, rehab centers and urgent care centers); gas stations and auto-repair facilities; banks; hardware stores; businesses that provide postal/ shipping services and other office products; laundry service providers; childcare facilities providing services to groups of 10 or fewer (subject to limitations in County Emergency Orders); certain professional services; home-based care for seniors, adults or children; pet supply stores, veterinarian and pet boarding facilities; and offices in support of essential retail and commercial activities. ***For a full list of essential retail and commercial activities, refer to those listed for Miami- Dade County***
    • Outdoor activity and recreation in compliance with social distancing requirements
    • Travel to and from religious institutions and places of worship, subject to the City' s requirement that religious institutions and places of worship reduce their occupancy to no more than 10 persons.
    • Travel to and from homes to care for or support a friend, family member, or pet in another household.
    • Travel by personnel of essential retail and commercial businesses shall be permitted, including personnel providing essential services to residents within their homes, such as repair services, appliance repair, sanitation and extermination, landscaping and pool services, home care, or other essential services
  • Any business which is unable to consistently observe the social distancing requirements should close.
  • As to all activities permitted under this Order, residents and visitors shall adhere to social distancing practices, such as maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet away from others.

Fort Lauderdale, March 15, 2020
Effective March 15, 2020 through April 12, 2020

  • All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited.
  • Exemptions include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, as well as land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government.
  • All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
  • All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This regulation shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; and (b) are an amenity of residential buildings.
  • All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.
  • All City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed.
  • All public beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale, from the Atlantic Ocean to the easternmost sidewalk of A 1A or to any right-of-way or property line abutting the beach, and from Oakland Park Boulevard south to Harbor Drive, as more specifically defined in Section 8-52, Code of Ordinances, City of Fort Lauderdale remain closed.

Golden Beach, March 17, 2020

  • All construction sites will be shut down until further notice as of 12:00 PM on 3/16/20
  • Landscaping, leaf blowing, and lawn mowing is allowed. Anything more than simple maintenance is prohibited until further notice.

Hallandale Beach, March 17, 2020

  • Restriction for on-premise food and beverage service, the closing of all gathering/ entertainment facilities.
  • All local restaurants to move to delivery/pick-up operations only and suspend their dining room operations.
  • Hallandale Beaches are closed.

Hillsborough County, May 1, 2020
The Commission voted to allow its countywide safer-at-home order to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday when the Governor’s first phase of reopening Florida begins.

  • A curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in response to COVID-19 coronavirus will go into effect in Hillsborough County starting Monday, April 13.
  • The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group voted to implement the curfew in response to reports that some people are disregarding the State and Hillsborough's Safer-at-Home Orders, and are participating in large social gatherings; Going to the grocery store, pharmacy, or to/from another essential activity, is still allowed during curfew hours. Otherwise, residents must stay off the streets. Social gatherings are not considered essential.
  • The Emergency Policy Group members endorsed the concept of an order mandating residents to wear face coverings while in public where they will interact with other people. This would include in stores, while using public transit, or running essential errands - members asked that a draft of such an order, similar to one adopted in Osceola County, be prepared for review and implementation at their next meeting on Thursday, April 16.

Homestead, March 19, 2020

  • As of 9:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. Pharmacies, gas stations, and grocery stores will operate as normal. Restaurant kitchens may remain open for takeout and delivery only.

Jacksonville, May 1, 2020
The Mayor has announced that the Governor’s plan is the starting point for to reopening Jacksonville:

  • The executive order limiting occupancy to 50 people in an public space will be amended on Monday to be consistent with the Governor’s Order;
  • The city’s “Work from Home” order remains in place – those who can perform their duties from home are urged to continue to do so.
Effective Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:01: 
  • All Non-Essential Retail and Commercial businesses are ordered closed;
  • No member of the public or employee shall be physically present in any non-essential or commercial establishment;
  • Essential businesses include “Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.”

Key Biscayne, March 16, 2020
Pursuant to the Village’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, the

  • Curfew: between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am effective March 16, 2020 continuing until further notice
  • Under the curfew no person shall be outside during curfew hours unless such person is providing police, fire, or other governmental services, providing assistance expressly requested by police, fire, or the Village, or participating in, going to, or returning from work.

Key West, April 6, 2020
In the interest of public safety, economic stability and long-term recovery, The City of Key West on Sunday issued State of Local Emergency 2020-05, which implements additional protective measures for essential businesses and separation requirements for individuals diagnosed or reasonably believed to be infected with COVID-19: Beginning midnight, April 7, 2020, all essential businesses shall:

  • Limit capacity on monitor entrances and exits to reduce their maximum occupancy load by 50 percent. Businesses that have multiple entrances and exits shall establish a protocol of entrance and exit points only.
  • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees, subject to the availability of supplies.
  • Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and other appropriate locations. As an alternative, essential businesses shall designate staff responsible for disinfecting cars, shopping baskets, point of sales terminals and other areas as frequently as possible.
  • Implement procedures to ensure that both employees and customers remain at least six feet apart at all times. This can be accomplished with marking floors and other visible systems.
  • Close all salad bars and other self-serve food station.
  • Refrain from distributing free samples of conducting tasting. Also included in the directive are requirements for the covering of the nose and mouth:
    • All employees and customers of any essential business where ten or more people congregate shall be required to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the business. Examples of such businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, food distribution points and hardware stores. These coverings may include face masks a homemade mask or other cloth covering such as a scarf or bandana. In addition, employers are strongly urged to implement policies for employees to use other protective equipment like gloves.
    • The requirements of the directive shall not apply to any outdoor activity, except for persons providing delivery services. In addition, the directive orders any person who has been diagnosed, or is reasonably believed to have been infected with COVID-19 shall separate themselves from all individuals who are not infected to present the possible spread of the disease. “Ideally, we are already doing the right thing with social distancing,” said City Manager Greg Veliz. “This is one more step to ensure that we slow or stop the spread of this disease so we can quickly get on the road to recovery.”

Lake County, March 30
Lake County issues two emergency orders to ensure health and safety of community amid COVID-19

  1. Protection of persons over 65 or with serious underlying health conditions to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19L
  2. Social distancing requirements to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors of Lake County.
Protection of persons over 65 or with serious underlying health conditions:
  • Residents 65 years of age, or those who reside with an individual over 65 are urged to stay home and take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Residents with serious underlying medical conditions that place them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or those who reside with an individual with such a medical condition, are urged to stay at home and take other such measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Consistent with CDC guidance, such conditions may include, chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; immunocompromised status, including those in cancer treatment; and severe obesity. 
  • Employers are urged to allow employees who are over 65, those that have a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or those who reside with someone in these categories, the ability to work from home if able. Employers are also urged to provide flexibility with leave time to ensure such employees are protected.
  • Employers are urged to allow any employee who can work remotely the ability to do so.
Social Distancing:
 Minimum Standards for Businesses: All businesses in Lake County may remain open under the following conditions:
  • All employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart.
  • Group meetings, including trainings, must be limited to 10 people or less.
  • Occupancy must be limited to 30% of the maximum allowable capacity under the fire code for non-residential, non-medical, and non-lodging uses.
  • Checkout points and staging areas, including storefronts, must be monitored for social distancing requirements by means of marking floors or similar actions to maintain 6 feet distance between patrons and employees.
Minimum Standards for Individuals: Social gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people and all individuals must stay at least 6 feet away from each other.

The emergency orders will remain in effect throughout the Local State of Emergency.

Leon County, May 1, 2020

  • Restaurants and retail may open pursuant to the Governor’s guidelines
  • The current curfew in place is lifted
  • The order requires residents to remain at home, except for when performing essential activities like going to work, going to the gas station, dropping children off to daycare, going to the grocery store, or "responsibly engaging in outdoor recreation."
  • Local businesses are not required to close due to the order but they are encouraged to conduct social distancing practices by limiting the amount of shoppers allowed in at one time, staggering hours or taking other approaches.
  • The order bans the gathering of 10 people or more and also directs law enforcement to disperse any crowd larger than 10 people, which may include criminal charges or fines.

City of Miami, April 9, 2020

City of Miami has issued an emergency order requiring masks effective Wednesday, April 8th a 11:59 p.m.:

  • all employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and restaurants will be required to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the grocery store, pharmacy, or restaurant facility.
  • All individuals providing delivery services will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while making deliveries.
The City of Miami is ordering all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice, effective March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., in order to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. All non-essential travel within the City of Miami, including by by automobile, public transit, motorcyle, etc., is prohibited until further notice, with the following exceptions:

  • Travel within the City to seek goods and services from essential retail establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Travel within the City to perform work in support of essential activities and establishments
  • Travel within the City to deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services

Additionally, residents may engage in outdoor recreational activities, but not in those places that have already been closed to the public under the existing emergency order, such as City of Miami parks. When outdoors exercising, residents must practice social distancing measures at all times. 

Below is a full list of businesses which are considered essential – and may remain open – under the City of Miami’s emergency shelter in place order. These businesses are also considered essential under Miami-Dade County’s current emergency order:

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Grocery stores / farmers’ markets / convenience stores
  • Restaurants: takeout / delivery / drive-thru only
  • Social services organizations providing shelter/food to disadvantaged
  • Nursing homes/ALFs
  • Home-based care for children, adults and seniors
  • Childcare facilities for those working under this order
  • Gas stations, auto repair shops, auto supply stores
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Open construction sites
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors & tradesmen providing home/business maintenance services
  • Landscape and pool care businesses
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Media, including TV, newspapers, radio
  • Private colleges, technical/trade schools but only to facilitate online learning
  • Delivery services for food and goods
  • Mailing & shipping businesses
  • Office supply businesses supporting work-at-home professionals
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with supply/support and do not interact with the general public
  • Professional services (legal, accounting, etc.) that support other essential businesses
  • Airlines, taxis, rideshares
  • Pet supply stores
  • Businesses operating at any government office/facility
  • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking
  • Telecommunications providers
  • Propane/natural gas providers
  • Architectural, engineering or land surveying businesses
  • Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling sites
  • Waste management services
  • E-commerce businesses only interacting with customers remotely and delivering products via shipping
  • Hotels, motels and other commercial lodging establishments for Essential Lodgers only, such as first responders
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  • Miami -Emergency Measures 20 03 Mar 18, 2020 7:31 PM.pdfM
  • Notice of Local Emergency Measures Second Amendment to DLEM
  • Miami Second Amendment to_Declaration of Local Emergency Measures
  • Miami Second Amendment to Local Emergency Measures
  • Miami Beach, April 6, 2020 -Stay-at-Home Order

    A new order, available at this link, from the City of Miami Beach which requires the following as of tomorrow, April 7th

    • all employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants shall be required to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the grocery store, pharmacy or restaurant facility. All individuals providing delivery services shall wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth while making deliveries.
    • In addition to the requirements applicable to grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants, employees and customers of all other essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over the nose and mouth (as described above).
    • All essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items.

    Effective April 1, the City of Miami Beach has amended their Executive Order to require essential retail and commercial business to adhere to the following: 

    • Limit capacity to 50% occupancy level
    • Provide alcohol based hand sanitizes to patrons and employees
    • Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrancement, cash registers, etc. to patrons and employees
    • Implement procedures to ensure employees and customers maintain themselves six feet apart 
      • floor marking at appropriate intervals 
    Original Order Guidelines
    • A “Safer at Home” Emergency Order has been issued effective 12:01 a.m. on March 24, 2020, requiring all persons living in the city to remain in their homes to the maximum extent possible, except to engage in essential activities as set forth in the Order.
    • The city is implementing a 12:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. curfew beginning March 23, 2020 the curfew will be in effect until further notice.
    • All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except to engage in essential activities outlined below.
    • Essential retail and commercial activities: grocery shopping; medical care; visiting restaurants; for pick up, take out or delivery; banking; and other activities listed in the Order;
    • Work in support of essential activities, including commuting to or from work at essential retail and commercial businesses permitted to remain open by County Emergency Order or City Emergency Order

    Miami Dade County – May 16, 2020

    Regarding Miami-Dade, based on news reports and other social media announcements from elected officials, all indications point to all retail being allowed to open starting on Monday, May 18th, irrespective of the color coded designation in the report. However, news reports are also stating that the cities of Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami Gardens will reopen a few days after the rest of the other cities in the counties – most likely on Wednesday - see article here: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/05/14/reopening-rundown-miami-dade-countys-plans-for-a-new-normal/

     

    As a reminder, please be sure to consult the Miami-Dade County plan for specific requirements for retail. Some of the provisions include:

    • Staff and customers capacity requirement is 50 percent of mall/store occupancy.
    • Elevator capacity limited to 4 with visual markers for passengers to stand on for social distancing.
    • Space out customer queues for fitting rooms and at cashiers with floor markers ever six feet.
    • Plexiglass sneeze guards at checkout stations.
    • Eliminate car valets.
    • Create one way circulation paths inside stores.
    • Remove public seating areas.
    • Customers need to wear face masks or facial coverings at all times.
    • Encourage contactless payment.
    • Merchandise, particularly clothing, must not be handled or tried on by customers and returned to shelves or display racks before being properly cleaned.

    Miramar, Effective Monday, April 13th

    • Except as provided herein, all employees and customers of grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants are strongly encouraged required to wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths at all times while inside the grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy or restaurant facility. All individuals providing delivery services shall wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.
    • In addition to the requirements applicable to grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants, employees and customers of all other essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over the nose and mouth
    • All essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items.

    City of North Miami, Effective Thursday, April 9 at noon

    • Except as provided herein, all employees and customers of grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants are strongly encouraged required to wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths at all times while inside the grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy or restaurant facility. All individuals providing delivery services shall wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.
    • In addition to the requirements applicable to grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants, employees and customers of all other essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over the nose and mouth
    • All essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items.

    Orange County, May 1, 2020: Stay-at-Home Order

    • Both employees and patrons of businesses that require employees and patrons to be within six (6) feet must wear a face mask or covering, unless the wearing of the patron's face mask or covering would impede the patron's service, in which case only the service provider must wear a face mask or covering.
    • Restaurants may reopen pursuant to the Governor’s guidelines
    • Retail may reopen pursuant to the Governor’s guidelines, however, the 25% occupancy limit shall NOT include staff
    • Other specific plans to reopen Orange County will be pursuant to the recommendations that have yet to be provided by the Orange County Economic Task Force
    • Effective Thursday March 26, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. thru Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.
    • Individuals are ordered not to leave the premises of their primary residence or domicile except to conduct certain necessary activities, while practicing social distancing where practical, which include, but are not limited to the following:
      • Basic Needs: Visiting a health or veterinary care professional, obtaining medical supplies or medication, obtaining financial or legal services, obtaining food, grocery items or other household consumer products and products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or buildings (whether commercial, office or industrial), for personal use or for use by others, including, services related to providing food, groceries, household products, health services, shelter, care or assistance to minors, the elderly, dependents, persons with disabilities, other persons needing assistance, friends, family members,· pets or animals; attendance at public meetings or other government purposes.
      • Physical Activity and Exercise.
      • Travel related to basic needs and the provision or receipt of essential services, to include employees and volunteers traveling to or from essential businesses.
    • All non-essential retail and commercial businesses are hereby ordered temporarily closed, including but not limited to, whether indoors or outdoors, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children's play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations.
    • The following retail and commercial businesses are deemed essential, and may remain open:
        • Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, pharmacies, veterinarians and animal care providers
        • Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, gas stations,  and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products. This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences
        • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
        • Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
        • Hotels, motels and other housing providers
        • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
        • Gas stations
        • Auto-supply, auto-repair, related facilities, and towing companies
        • Banks and related financial institutions
        • Hardware and home improvement stores
        • Licensed contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures
        • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
        • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
        • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements under Federal, State or Local Emergency Orders.
        • Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home
        • Businesses that sell medical equipment and supply providers. Also, businesses that supply other essential businesses with support and supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with general public
        • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences
        • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train
        • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
        • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities
        • Childcare facilities
        • Legal or accounting services and notaries public
        • Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services, and maintenance of property, equipment and grounds of businesses
        • Businesses operating at an airport, government facility, or government office
        • Pet supply stores
        • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators and handlers
        • Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications, to include private security businesses
        • Providers of propane or natural gas
        • Construction sites, irrespective of the type of building
        • Architectural, engineering, and land surveying services
        • Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses
        • Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste
        • Businesses interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means
        • Businesses delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services
        • Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above listed essential retail or commercial business activities

    This Order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present performing services at any location where an essential business is being conducted or operated, except as expressly set forth herein or otherwise governed by a State or Federal Order or regulation.

    Employers and employees of such essential businesses are urged to practice social distancing, such as keeping at least six (6) feet apart and limiting group size to less than ten (10) people.

    FAQs for Executive Order 3-26-20

    Palm Beach County, March 27, 2020
    Plan for Re-opening for Palm Beach County starting on Monday, May 11th:

    • Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are excluded
    • No changes to “essential” businesses already in operation
    • All other retail may open with 25% capacity
    • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with distancing and indoor at 25% capacity with CDC recommended spacing
    • No change to bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers at this time
    • Face masks are “recommended” in a face-to-face business or in close contact with others
    • There is still no definite date indicated when “Phase 2” will be considered
    • The Phases are based on the 3 Phases outlined by the White House (with some variations)
    • The plan does NOT preempt local government so please be mindful of any local ordinances, in particular those that require face masks.

    Pinellas County , May 1, 2020 -

    • The local state of emergency is extended through May 8th
    • The local Safer-at-Home Order is rescinded
    • Restaurants and retail may open pursuant to the Governor’s guidelines
    • Limit non-essential activity and/or transportation to the following:
      • Direct care or support of family members
      • Healthcare and medical services
      • Groceries
      • Meal take-outs from local food establishments
      • Essential work duties that cannot be performed from home:
      • Primary or emergency care or direct care support for a family member or relative
      • Banks and related financial institutions
      • Laundry services, laundromat
      • Essential home repairs and maintenance
      • Outdoor activity while following CDC guidelines
      • Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities
      • Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair facilities
    • Comply with the CDC guidelines by maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other persons and by not gathering in groups of more than 10 individuals.
    • Places of public assembly are directed to close to the public. Whether indoors or outdoors, this includes, but is not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, publicly accessible children's play centers, publicly accessible playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations.
    • Non-essential businesses in Pinellas County are directed to close storefront operations and limit customer foot traffic.
    • Businesses may continue internal and minimum basic operations required to maintain the businesses, but are required to enforce CDC social distancing guidelines as it applies to their workforce.
    • This Resolution does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present and performing services on-site related to the operations of an Essential Business or Operation
    • Individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to offer, provision, operate, maintain and repair Essential Infrastructure.
    *Please refer to pages 3-7 of the order linked here for a complete list of essential infrastructure as outlined.

    St. Augustine, March 18, 2020

    • While Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-68 addresses restaurant occupancy, appropriate social distancing and the requirement of Coronavirus screenings by food-service employees, the city has imposed additional restrictions on local bars and restaurants which includes prohibiting alcohol consumption on premises for the next 30 days.

    St. Lucie County, April 1, 2020 Safer-at-Home Order

    • Safer-At-Home means all residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, except in those circumstances outlined in the Order.
    • The Safer-At-Home Order shall continue on a daily basis until this order expires or is rescinded;
    • Order does not apply to certain “essential” persons, businesses and services;
    • Businesses that are able to maintain the required 6 feet distance shall:
      • Comply with social distancing requirements;
      • Comply with the essential employee screening;
      • Comply with essential business cleaning protocol;
      • Direct workers to telecommute when feasible
    • Imposes certain essential business employee screenings and essential business cleaning protocols.
    • Effective Saturday, April 4 at 6 a.m.

    St. Petersburg, March 17, 2020

    • Effective immediately, an event or public gathering that consists of more than 50 people are not allowed until further notice. Examples of such events include festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, parties, weddings, and similar assemblies. This applies to public and private property.
    • beginning March 17 at noon, the City is reducing the occupancy for all restaurants, cafes, bars, movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, and the Cross Bay Ferry by 50%.
    • A new last call for alcohol in St. Pete will be 9:00 P.M. until further notice.

    Sarasota, March 13, 2020

    • All gatherings within the city limits scheduled to occur on or before March 20, 2020 likely to attract more than 250 persons are strongly advised to cancel. This includes all gatherings managed, permitted or supported by City staff.

    Seaside Community Development Corp, March 16, 2020

    • Seaside closed until April 30, 2020.
    • Effective immediately, all Spring event programming is suspended.
    • The formal closure of Seaside commercial area will happen Saturday, March 21st at noon.
    • Some merchants may choose to close immediately upon this notice;

    Seminole County, March 16, 2020
    Seminole County Orders Social Distancing Requirements for ALL Business:

    • This Order does NOT distinguish between essential and non-essential businesses; 
    • ALL businesses in Seminole County may remain open under the following conditions:
      • All employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart;
      • Group meetings, trainings, must be limited to 10 people or less;
      • Occupancy must be limited to 30% of the maximum allowing capacity under the fire code (which includes employees);
      • Checkout points and staging areas must be monitored for social distancing
    • This Order goes into effect Monday, March 30th at 12 a.m.

    Sunrise, March 18, 2020

    • All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises services. However, such establishments may continue to operate kitchens for drive-tru, delivery and take-out, and exterior pickup food services.
    • All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studies, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This does not apply to fitness studios in hotels or office buildings that have a capacity of 10 or less persons and are an amenity of a residential building.
    • All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but no limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility shall be closed.
    • All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto-supply stores, hospital, healthcare, medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies are exempt from this regulation.
    • Ordinance No. 2020-03-18

    Tampa, March 17, 2020

    • Tampa’s re-open campaign and links to their guidelines etc.
    • All restaurants, private clubs, bars, or other establishments that offer food or drink for sale for on-premises consumption shall close business daily at or before 10:00 PM and remain closed until at least 6:00 AM the following day or such other time as permitted pursuant to law or permit.
    • Any establishment that derives more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspend all sale of alcoholic beverages for thirty days, effective at 5:00 PM March 17, 2020.

    Wilton Manors, March 18, 2020
    Effective immediately, March 18, 2020, up through and including April 16, 2020:

    • All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto-supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government, are exempt from this paragraph.
    • All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
    • All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This paragraph shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; or (b)are an amenity of residential buildings.
    • All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for permitted drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.

    COVID-19 Online Resources

    Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Resources available to industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety.

    Other Announcements

    Re-Entry Procedures
    Individuals and businesses seeking to provide essential commodities and services to impacted areas or areas under a curfew should be allowed re-entry by possessing and presenting to local officials:

    • A valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport;
    • Proof of employment, such as employer credentials, business card or a letter on employer letterhead; and
    • A demonstrated need to enter the area, such as a work order, inventory list or employer authorization. Local officials know their communities and are well-suited to facilitate a safe and timely reentry process.

    Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program
    Governor DeSantis has activated the state’s Emergency Bridge Loan Program by executive order. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

    These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

    Loan Program Instructions:

    1. Review eligibility requirements and loan process.
    2. Download, complete and sign the application form.
    3. Gather required support documentation.
    4. Contact and provide completed and signed application and support documentation to your local Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Find your local SBDC at www.FloridaSBDC.org/locations.

    We urge you to contact our partners at the Florida SBDC for help navigating and applying for assistance. The application process can be complex, and SBDC's expert staff provides these services confidentially at no cost.

    Interim Guidance for Business & Employers
    This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
    Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

    Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. READ MORE

    Price Gouging Hotline
    Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for all consumers in the state.

    Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Florida very closely and following the Governor’s state of emergency declaration, our price gouging laws are now in effect. I have a rapid response team ready to immediately respond to allegations of price gouging and our Consumer Protection Division continues to look for scams by fraudsters who would use this situation to rip-off Floridians.
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