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. Florida does not currently have a statewide mask order in effect. On September 25th, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, which in part suspended the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 ordinances enforced upon individuals. The order also continues a policy that banned local ordinances which prevented an individual from working or from operating a business. That order can be found here

Local Resources

Many local governments have instituted a variety of mask ordinances for both individuals and businesses. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is continually updating the following table tracking local mask orders. 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/EO20-30Phase2OrderSecondAmendment
Broward https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-09/Broward%209.25.20%20Order%20Reopening%20Guidelines.pdf
Charlotte https://charlottecountyfl.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=8682434&GUID=0F38B42D-672B-45BD-88DA-E3B1BE3F7073
Collier https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-07/Collier%207.21.20%20Face%20Mask%20Order.pdf
Gadsden https://www.gadsdencountyfl.gov/COVID-19/Resources/Resolution2020-23_052220.pdf
Hillsborough https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-08/Hillsborough%208.14.20%20Facial%20Coverings
Indian River https://www.ircgov.com/Public_Notices/COVID-19/Ordinance_2020-09.pdf
Leon https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Portals/0/CMR/Docs/ORD20-15%20-%20Signed.pdf?ver=2020-06-24-175623-547
Manatee https://www.mymanatee.org/published/July%2027,%202020%20-%20Special%20Meeting%20on%20Monday,%20July%2027
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
Nassau https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/DocumentCenter/View/20500/Executive-Order-24
Orange https://www.ocfl.net/Portals/0/Library/Emergency-Safety/docs/coronavirus/2020-25%20EEO.pdf
Osceola https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-10/Osceola%2010.5.20%20Order%20Facial%20Coverings%20Removal
Palm Beach https://greenacresfl.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/administration/page/59501/pbc-eo-29.pdf
Pasco https://www.fl-counties.com/sites/default/files/2020-06/Pasco%206.23.20%20Facial%20Coverings.pdf
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
St. Johns https://ec.sjcfl.us/home/Portals/0/Media/RM/EmergencyOrderNo2020-9.pdf
St. Lucie https://stluciecofl.civicclerk.com/Web/GenFile.aspx?ad=5195
Volusia https://www.volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/6988/urlt/Resolution-2020-132-Encouraging-Face-Coverings.pdf
   

Cities

 
Anna Maria http://cms.revize.com/revize/annamaria/Order%20120.pdf
Apalachicola http://www.cityofapalachicola.com/uploads/pdf/Mask%20Proclamation.pdf
Aventura https://www.cityofaventura.com/DocumentCenter/View/2751/DSE-07-07-2020-Emergency-Order-14-1
Biscayne Park https://www.biscayneparkfl.gov/vertical/sites/%7BD1E17BCD-1E01-4F7D-84CD-7CACF5F8DDEE%7D/uploads
Bradenton https://cityofbradenton.com/vertical/Sites/%7B98CFEB92-7265-45CB-AF6F-7115C2CD7C81%7D/uploads/Ordinance_3067
Cocoa https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/08/14/cocoa-city-council-passes-mask-requirement-emergency-ordinance/3373927001/
Cocoa Beach http://www.cityofcocoabeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/5544/Executive-Order-4—Requiring-Use-of-Face-Covering
Daytona Beach http://www.codb.us/DocumentCenter/View/18560/2020-June-26_Adopted_Resolution-Number-2020-165_Face-Coverings
Deland https://drive.google.com/file/d/11T6_05_V6D3rvglqi7RzWskLOFMgmgHj/view
Doral https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.cityofdoral.com/_entity/sharepointdocumentlocation/
Fernandina Beach https://www.fbfl.us/DocumentCenter/View/22087/2020-168-Amending-Resolution-2020-143-Extending-Emergency-Order
Flagler Beach https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/07/10/flagler-beach-now-requiring-face-masks-in-public/
Fort Lauderdale https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/home/showdocument?id=45993
Fort Myers Beach https://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15187/Declaration-of-Emergency-Regulations-No-7
Gulf Breeze https://cityofgulfbreeze.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Resolution-No-34-2020.pdf
Jacksonville https://www.coj.net/welcome/docs/signed-emergency-proclamation-face-masks-06-29-202.aspx
Key West https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=46
Miami Lakes https://www.miamilakes-fl.gov/index.php?option=com_docman&view=download&alias=5022-executive-order-20-06
Miramar https://files.constantcontact.com/fbc8f29a001/f04e9720-2262-48a2-87b9-e560a8f92b0f.pdf
New Smyrna Beach https://www.cityofnsb.com/DocumentCenter/View/13742/Resolution-No-23-20
Orange City https://www.ourorangecity.com/files/notices/ord-632.pdf
Palm Coast https://fullsite.palmcoastgov.com/newsroom/2020/7/8/4670/city-of-palm-coast-announces-mask-requirement
Palm Shores https://www.townofpalmshores.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif1051/f/news/covid-19_face_coverings_.pdf
Palmetto Bay https://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12957/VOPB-Emergency-Order-05-20-as-amended-Jul2nd?bidId=
Pensacola https://www.cityofpensacola.com/DocumentCenter/View/19673/Declaration-of-State-of-Emergency-20-03_062620
Sanibel https://files.constantcontact.com/97af97e6001/f4561628-0160-4c01-b690-cb4b0d835432.pdf
Sarasota https://www.sarasotafl.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=6173
Satellite Beach https://cms5.revize.com/revize/satellitebeach/Res%20No%201032%20-%20Encouraging%20the%20Wearing
St. Augustine Beach https://www.staugbch.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/community/page/43551/cosab.facecoverings.resolution.20.14.pdf
Tampa https://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/public%3A/additionalfiles/2020-42-eo-cot-face-cover.pdf
West Melbourne https://www.westmelbourne.org/DocumentCenter/View/9345/Additional-Week-Extension-of-Masking-Ordinance-13th