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Reopening Florida


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Reopening Florida Phase 2

Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery

  • Section 1: Phase 2 Recovery

    In concert with the efforts of President Donald J. Trump, and based on guidance provided by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, I hereby adopt the following in response to the recommendations in Phase 2 of the plan published by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida.

    1. Executive Order 20-112, as modified by Executive Orders 20-120, 20-122, 20-123 and 20-131, is extended as further modified below.
    2. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the re-opening provisions of Section 4 of this order will be considered after each county seeks approval with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator.
  • Section 2: Responsible Individual Activity

    All persons in Florida are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA. The direction to follow such protocols, and those additional protocols listed below in this section, is guidance and not enforceable under section 252.47, Florida Statutes.

    1. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
    2. All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.
    3. All persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
    4. In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Section 3: Additional Requirements for Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida

    Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82 are extended with exceptions for persons involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. This order supersedes Executive Order 20-86.

  • Section 4: Business Activity

    This order supersedes Executive Orders 20-91 and 20-92 and Executive Order 20-112 Section 2.  This order further supersedes any conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-112 including Section 3C. (gyms) and Section 4 (retail and museums) and Executive Order 20-123 including Section 1.B. (retail), C.(museums) and D. (gyms). This order extends and modifies the remaining provisions of Executive Order 20-112 and Executive Order 20-123 as follows:

    1. Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at fifty (50) percent of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, as under Executive Order 20-123, Section 1. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This section does not apply to nightclubs. Non-conflicting provisions in Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2 remain in effect.
    2. Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at fifty (50) percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
    3. Pari-mutuel facilities may seek to operate with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator to the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the approval of the DBPR Secretary.
    4. Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.
  • Section 6: Previous Executive Order Extended
  • Section 7: Enforcement

    This order, with the exception of Section 2, shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes, and by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

  • Section 8: Effective Date

    This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 5, 2020.

  • Executive Order 20-139: Full Text

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    STATE OF FLORIDA

    OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
    EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-139
    (Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery) 

    WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-112 initiating Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery; and

    WHEREAS, on May 14, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-123 for Full Phase 1.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution  and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and allother applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order:

    Section 1.        Phase 2 Recovery

    In concert with the efforts of President Donald J. Trump, and based on guidance provided by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, I hereby adopt the following in response to the recommendations in Phase 2 of the plan published by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida.

    1. Executive Order 20-112, as modified by Executive Orders 20-120, 20-122, 20-123 and 20-131, is extended as further modified below.
    2. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the re-opening provisions of Section 4 of this order will be considered after each county seeks approval with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator.

    Section 2.        Responsible Individual Activity

    All persons in Florida are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA. The direction to follow such protocols, and those additional protocols listed below in this section, is guidance and not enforceable under section 252.47, Florida Statutes.

    1. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
    2. All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.
    3. All persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
    4. In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.

    Section 3.        Additional Requirements for Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida

    Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82 are extended with exceptions for persons involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. This order supersedes Executive Order 20-86.

    Section 4.        Business Activity

    This order supersedes Executive Orders 20-91 and 20-92 and Executive Order 20-112 Section 2.  This order further supersedes any conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-112 including Section 3C. (gyms) and Section 4 (retail and museums) and Executive Order 20-123 including Section 1.B. (retail), C.(museums) and D. (gyms). This order extends and modifies the remaining provisions of Executive Order 20-112 and Executive Order 20-123 as follows:

    1. Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at fifty (50) percent of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, as under Executive Order 20-123, Section 1. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This section does not apply to nightclubs. Non-conflicting provisions in Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2 remain in effect.
    2. Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at fifty (50) percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
    3. Pari-mutuel facilities may seek to operate with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator to the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the approval of the DBPR Secretary.
    4. Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.

    Section 6.        Previous Executive Order Extended

    Executive Order 20-69 is extended until June 30, 2020.

    Section 7.        Enforcement

    This order, with the exception of Section 2, shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes, and by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

    Section 8.        Effective Date

    This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 5, 2020.

  • Summary of EO #20-139
    • Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50% of sales from alcohol should operate at 50% of capacity inside but 100% is permitted outside. These businesses should keep tables 6 feet apart and restrict groups to 10 or fewer people. Patrons may only receive service if seated.
    • Tattoo shops, massage parlors, tanning salons, and other personal services businesses may reopen within the guidance of the Department of Health.
    • Restaurant bar-top seating is again permitted, with social distancing. There are no capacity limits, but social distancing must be administered.
    • Retail stores can increase capacity to 100%. Signage should promote social distancing, and cleaning protocols should be in place.
    • Gyms and fitness centers can increase capacity to 100%. Social distancing and sanitation protocols must be in place and patrons should be separated by 6 feet.
    • Large venues, like movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, and casinos, can reopen at no more than 50% capacity and with strict social distancing protocols. Parties cannot exceed 10.
    • Large spectator sporting events should limit venue occupancy to 50% and use strict social distancing
    • Public beaches will be fully open.
    • State parks will be open during the day but overnight accommodations will remain closed. Large activities and events are not permitted.
    • Individuals can resume non-essential travel.
    • All employers should continue to encourage teleworking while plans to implement employees back to work begin. However, all employers are advised to screen employees before they return to work for COVID-19 symptoms. If practical, take the temperature of each employee.
    • Local government meetings can resume with no more than 50 people in attendance.
  • Reopening Florida's Education System

    Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced recommendations for local communities to consider as they finalize plans to re-open safe and healthy schools that are set up for success. This plan outlines the nearly $475 million in state-directed education financial assistance provided to Florida through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In total, more than $2 billion in education-related aid was provided through the CARES Act.

    Read Governor DeSantis' Reopening Florida's Education System News Blog


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