Florida Chamber Litigation & Regulatory Reform Center

Florida’s lawsuit climate ranked 46th out of 50 in a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The city of Miami ranked among the ten worst jurisdictions in the nation. The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted by the renowned polling firm The Harris Poll on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, questioned senior business executives about the fairness and reasonableness of state court systems. The poor perception of Florida’s legal climate is critical because 89 percent of survey participants—an all-time high—said a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact their company’s decisions about where to locate or do business.

Mask Ordinances Resource Center

National Resources

From the beginning, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has looked to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) for the most accurate and up-to-date facts concerning COVID-19 precautions. The CDC has a website devoted to preventative measures for individuals and businesses, which can be found here. The CDC has consistently said that the best way to prevent this illness is to avoid being exposed.

State Resources

Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health (“DOH”) established several resources for individuals and businesses. Their informative dashboard can be found at www.floridahealthcovid19.gov. The DOH has advised Floridians to wear masks in public and to socially distance. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has been in constant communication with government leaders and has been using the data given by the Florida Department of Health to set policies for our employees.  To date, Florida has ruled out a statewide mask mandate.

Local Resources

Many local governments have instituted a variety of ordinances concerning the wearing of masks for both individuals and businesses. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has compiled the ordinances we know about in the following table. If you are aware of more ordinances, please contact us at 850.521.1200.

In many cases, the mask ordinances have been ordered by the county government and control for the entire county. In other cases, the county ordinance sets the regulatory floor which cities within the county may exceed. Those emergency orders are listed as well.

Counties

Mask Requirements 

Alachua https://alachuacounty.us/Depts/Communications/Documents/ADACompliant/EO20-30Phase2OrderSecondAmendmentDistribution.pdf
Broward https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-18.pdf
Gadsden https://www.gadsdencountyfl.gov/COVID-19/Resources/Resolution2020-23_052220.pdf
Hillsborough https://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/public%3A/additionalfiles/20-0617meetingagendaitem.pdf
Indian River https://www.ircgov.com/Public_Notices/COVID-19/EO-2020-015.pdf
Leon https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Portals/0/CMR/Docs/ORD20-15%20-%20Signed.pdf?ver=2020-06-24-175623-547
Martin https://www.martin.fl.us/resources/martin-county-emergency-order-20-11
Miami-Dade https://www.miamidade.gov/information/library/04.09.20-emergency-order-20-20.pdf
Monroe http://www.kcbnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ED-20-10-Mandatory-Facial-Coverings-Directive.pdf
Orange https://www.ocfl.net/portals/0/library/Emergency-Safety/docs/coronavirus/2020-23%20EEO.pdf
Osceola https://www.osceola.org/core/fileparse.php/7578/urlt/Executive-Order-5-face-covering.pdf
Palm Beach http://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/PBC-EO-12.pdf
Pasco https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-06/Pasco%206.23.20%20Facial%20Coverings.pdf
Port St. Lucie https://www.stlucieco.gov/home/showdocument?id=7738
Pinellas https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-06/Pinellas%206.24.20%20Facial%20Coverings.pdf
Seminole http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/core/fileparse.php/4529/urlt/SC_EO_-2020-30_Seminole-County-COVID-19-Mask-Requirement
   

Cities

 
Fernandina Beach https://www.fbfl.us/DocumentCenter/View/21908&sa=D&ust=1594070469805000&usg=AFQjCNE2ctpLNIjrkPcQBZNcGwTWEucMjw
Gulf Breeze https://cityofgulfbreeze.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Resolution-No-34-2020.pdf
Holmes Beach https://www.holmesbeachfl.org/news_detail_T9_R27.php
Jacksonville https://www.coj.net/welcome/docs/signed-emergency-proclamation-face-masks-06-29-202.aspx
Key West https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/egov/documents/1588599941_15465.pdf
Lakeland https://www.lakelandgov.net/portals/CityClerk/City%20Commission/Agendas/2020/07-02-20_Special%20Called/20-028Res.pdf
Miami Lakes https://www.miamilakes-fl.gov/index.php?option=com_docman&view=download&alias=5022-executive-order-20-06-nose-mask-mandate
Pensacola https://www.cityofpensacola.com/DocumentCenter/View/19673/Declaration-of-State-of-Emergency-20-03_062620
Sanibel https://files.constantcontact.com/97af97e6001/97255c27-03fc-415d-a1ce-94e1bc439115.pdf
Sarasota https://www.sarasotafl.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=5957
Tampa https://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/public%3A/additionalfiles/executiveorder-masks.pdf