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Reopening Florida

An Outline from Governor DeSantis on How to Reopen the State

Executive Order 20-112
Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery

Executive Order 20-120
Expanding Phase 1: Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, and Cosmetology Specialty Salons

Back to Business (Lakeland-Specific)

City of Lakeland Temporary Outdoor Expansion Dining & Retail Activity:
In concert with the Governor’s Executive Order and plan for reopening Florida, the City of Lakeland has created the following guidelines to temporarily allow restaurants and retail businesses to expand their business footprint onto the public right-of-way or in privately owned parking facilities without meeting certain City code and permit requirements.

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce & the Reopen Lakeland Task Force

back to business logoCity of Lakeland Temporary Outdoor Expansion of Dining & Retail Activity

Full Phase 1 Outline

DeSantis Outline of Full Phase 1

Governor DeSantis' Reopening Florida Phase 1 Outline

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Governor DeSantis' Plan for Florida's Recovery (FULL)

Safe smart step-by-step plan for Florida's Recovery

Full Phase 1 Outline

  • Restaurants & Food Establishments

    Restaurants & Food Establishments may increase indoor capacity to 50% with proper social distancing.

    Outdoor seating encouraged.

  • Retail

    Retail establishments may operate up to 50% capacity indoors.

  • Museums & Libraries

    Museums & Libraries may operate up to 50% capacity if permitted by local governments. 

    Beginning Monday, May 18th, the Lakeland Public Libraries will be offering expanded services at our physical locations. While we are not yet ready to have you in the building, we are going to be here for you with extended hours of operation, curbside access to materials, and walk-up services.

    Beginning June 1st, libraries will open, following safety protocols.

  • Gyms & Fitness Centers

    Gyms & Fitness Centers may operate up to 50% capacity. 

    Patrons must self-sanitize machines and surfaces after use. 

  • Amusement Parks

    Amusement Parks may submit reopening plans to the State of Florida.

  • Professional Sports Venues

    Professional sports teams are welcome in Florida.

    Professions sports venues may open and operate for games, events and training.

  • Vacation Rentals

    Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals by submitting a written request and county vacation rental safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

  • Elective Surgeries

    Elective surgeries may continue if a facility has adequate PPE, hospital bed surge capacity, and works with the local community to prevent and/or contain outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

  • Barbershops & Salons

    Barbershops, hair salons and nail salons may operate while adhering to safety protocols effective May 11, 2020.

  • Schools

    Students continue with distance learning.

  • Long-Term Care Facilities

    Visitation in long-term care facilities is prohibited for COVID-19.

    Hospitals are required to test all individuals before discharge to long-term care facilities.

    Long-term care facilities required to transfer COVID-19-positive residents if the facility is not equipped for appropriate care. 

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