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Reopening Florida


On Friday, September 25, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida would enter Phase 3 of reopening the state.

See the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's recovery
Phase 3 Info starts on page 27 (or page 30 within the PDF)


Phase 3 Outline:

  • What is Phase 3?

    Phase 3 will begin after the successful conclusion of Phase 2, which includes a downward trajectory of the syndromic and epidemiology criteria while maintaining adequate health care capacity. This will occur when there is no evidence of a rebound or resurgence of COVID-19 cases and satisfies the benchmarks outlined in this Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan.

    The Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan sets forth minimum recommended health protocols. Individuals and businesses should adhere to all public guidance by federal, state, and local officials, including state regulatory agencies.

  • Summary of Phase 3

    Summary of Phase 3:

    • Those 65+ and/or those with underlying conditions can resume public interactions
    • Employees may return to work
    • Non-essential travel continues
    • Government meetings resume in-person
    • Bars and restaurants may operate at full capacity
    • Gyms may open to full capacity
    • State parks open fully, with overnight stays
    • Beaches remain open
    • Movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys are open
    • Sporting events should consider reducing capacity
    • Theme parks may return to normal operations
    • Vacation rentals may resume operating procedures
    • Barbershops, hair and nail salons operate at full capacity
    • Retail stores may operate at full capacity
  • Individuals: Vulnerable Populations, Social Gatherings & Travel

    Vulnerable Populations: Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure, and liver disease) can resume public interactions, but should practice social distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

    Vulnerable populations should affirmatively inform their employer that they are a member of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly.


    Social Gatherings: Non-vulnerable populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.


    Travel: Non-essential travel may continue.

  • Employers: Telework, Employee Screening, Travel, Local Government Meetings

    Telework: Employees should resume unrestricted staffing of worksites and implement the final phasing in of employees returning to work. For vulnerable populations, teleworking can be considered.


    Employee Screening: Employers should take prudent and practical measures to ensure employees do not enter the premises if they believe they are infected with COVID-19 or show symptoms of influenza-like illness.


    Travel: Employees should resume non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.


    Local Government Meetings: These meetings should return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.

  • Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs

    Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single-use and then disposed of immediately after use.

  • Restaurants

    Restaurants and food service establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should continue to be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus shall be designed for single-use and then disposed of immediately after use.

  • Gyms & Fitness Centers

    Gyms and fitness centers should open to full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.

  • Recreation: State Parks, Public Beaches & Large Venues

    State Parks: State parks should be fully opened, including overnight accommodations.


    Public Beaches: Beaches should remain fully open.


    Large Venues: (i.e. movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, casinos) These venues should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols.

  • Large Sporting Events & Theme Parks

    Large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing.


    Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.

  • Vacation Rentals

    Vacation Rentals should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals.

     

  • Personal Services Businesses

    Personal Services Businesses, such as cosmetology salons, barbershops, and nail salons, should operate under full capacity but should consider the following mitigation measures:

    • Continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and
    • Regularly clean and disinfect working stations and equipment between interactions with customers to the greatest frequency

    Remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, any other unnecessary paper products, and décor from customer service areas.

  • Retail Businesses

    Operators of retail businesses should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.