Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:13

Below you’ll find a compilation of updates from the state and local governments in Florida, as well as resources to assist Florida retailers during this global health crisis. Check back often for updates and information.

Small Business Resources    Temporary Store Closures

State of Florida Executive Orders

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.

State of Florida Emergency Orders

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, March 14, 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

FDOT Emergency Road Use Permit, March 13, 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.

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.

State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order 20-52, March 9, 2020
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.

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.

Local Government Orders

Alachua County & Gainesville, March 24, 2020-Stay-at-Home Order

  • 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, Employers should make every effort to reduce the onsite workforce to 50% capacity, where possible, to the extent that reduction can be accomplished without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business.
  • 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.

Broward County, March 26, 2020 Shelter in Place, Safer at Home Order

  • 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.

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, March 27, 2020 Safer-at-Home

  • Goes into effect Friday at 10 p.m. and is in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Non-essential businesses can remain open, but the order allows the county to shut them down if they can't keep people six feet apart. Please review the Order for a detailed list of exempt and non-exempt businesses.
  • Residents are permitted the unlimited ability to get the necessary food, medicine and essentials. Residents are also permitted to recreate and enjoy the outdoors at any time as long as physical distancing is observed along with the other recommended sanitary requirements.

  • Businesses where employees who can't work from home and can't maintain a six-foot distance, like nail salons and barbershops, must close;
  • Companies or individuals found to be in violation of the CDC social-distancing guidelines can be penalized by law enforcement, (but county and Tampa city leaders said they don't want to have to get to that point and said that warnings will be issued, but repeat offenders could face more serious consequences.)

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, March 24, 2020

  • Effective at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all businesses within the Consolidated City (including the Beaches and Baldwin) whose work is able to be performed by employees remotely from their homes shall allow such employees to do so, and to the best of their ability facilitate the means necessary to accomplish this mandate.
  • Such businesses shall be prohibited from allowing employees at the office or other work place, unless working at the office or other work place or outside the home is essential or working from home is not possible by a particular employee.
  • At all times each employee shall be no less than 6 feet away from another employee, for any purpose, unless and only to the extent necessary by virtue of their job. Employers shall continue to pay employees during this time.

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, March 17, 2020

  • No onsite dining or consumption beginning at 5pm March 17, 2020 (this includes bars operating ancillary to any hotel, guest house, or bed and breakfast).

Leon County, March 24, 2020 -Stay-at-Home Order

  • Stay- at- Home order effective March 25, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.
  • An 11:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. curfew will be enforced 
  • 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, March 24, 2020
The City of Miami is ordering all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice, effective today, 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 Beach, March 23, 2020 -Stay-at-Home Order

    • 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 – Effective 9:00 p.m., March 19, 2020

    • All non-essential retail establishments are ordered closed.
    • Essential retail and commercial businesses, which may remain OPEN are:
      • Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitations facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies.
      • Grocery Stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning or personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery 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 disadvantages or otherwise needy individuals;
      • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
      • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;
      • Banks and related financial institutions;
      • Hardware stores;
      • Contractors and other tradesmen, appliances repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures;
      • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
      • Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning;
      • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
      • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements of Emergency Order 3-20.
      • Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home;
      • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the 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;
      • Professional services such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
      • Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services;
      • Businesses operations any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices;
      • 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;
      • Provision of propane or natural gas;
      • Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above listed activities;
      • Open construction sites irrespective of the type of building;
      • Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services;
      • Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, and other industrial uses;
      • Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste;
      • Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services
    • This order does not limit the number of persons who may by physically present performing services at any location where an essential business is being conducted except as expressly set for herein or otherwise governed by the State or Federal order or regulation. Employers and employees are urged, but are not required, to practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between persons and limiting group size to less than 10 people.
    • Read full order with the complete listing of essential businesses which may remain in operation here.
    • Miami-Dade Emergency Order 09-20
      • This order applies to hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals and other commercial lodging establishments. It mandates these establishments to not accept new reservations for persons other than essential lodgers. There are exceptions to this order, please refer to the link above.
      • For short-term rentals the order mandates that the maximum daytime and overnight occupancy shall be up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property and not to exceed 10 persons.

    Orange County, March 26, 2020: Stay-at-Home Order

    • 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

      All noncritical retail and commercial business locations are order closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations, provided that persons are practicing social distancing and all other measures advised by the CDC;

      Retail and commercial businesses that are deemed critical may remain open, but are responsible for ensuring employees and customers are practicing social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC and FDOH.

      Critical retail is defined as in other orders and includes liquor, pet supply, and landscape and pool supply businesses;

      The order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present and performing services on-site related to the operations of a critical business except as specifically set forth in the order, and provided that all such persons are required to the extent practicable to operate in full compliance with measures advised by the CDC and FDOH including practicing social distancing and limiting group size to less than 10 people.

    Pinellas County , March 25, 2020 - Safer-at-Home Order
    Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. a "Safer at Home" declaration has been made providing the following requirements and restrictions:

    • 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. 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

    • 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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