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COVID-19 Response (have a question… ask the Florida Chamber below)

Key Guidance and Direction

Phase 3: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Executive Order

NEW Phase 3; Right to Work; Business Certainty; Suspension of Fines (20-244)

Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Executive Order

NEW DBPR Emergency Order 2020-10: On-Premises Consumption of Alcohol at Bars at 50% Capacity

DBPR Screening Guidance for Restaurants and Food Establishments

Miami-Dade Country Emergency Order 26-20

Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery (20-139)

Governor DeSantis PowerPoint Presentation on Phase 2

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Executive Order

Expanding Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery (20-131)

Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery Executive Order (20-123)

EOG Infographic on Full Phase 1 

DPBR: Posted Recommended Safety Measures and Best Practices for Vacation Rentals

Governor DeSantis PowerPoint Presentation on Full Phase 1 

Directory for Local Emergency Orders

Broward County Phase 1 Emergency Order (20-10)

Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Executive Order (20-120)

DBPR Guidance for Executive Order (20-120)

DBPR FAQs Related to Barbershops and Cosmetology Salons for Executive Order (20-120) 

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Executive Order (20-112)

EOG Prepared FAQs for Executive Order (20-112) 

Press Conference PowerPoint Presentation for Executive Order (20-112)

Re-Open Florida Task Force Report 

Essential Services and Activities Executive Order

Governor DeSantis’ Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency Executive Order (20-91)

Governor DeSantis’ Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency Executive Order Amendment (20-92)

Florida Chamber Letter to Governor DeSantis on Essential Workers

Miami Dade County Emergeny Order (07-20)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida Business Alert: Please be aware that Florida has more billboard personal injury trial lawyers and billboards encouraging you to sue someone than any other state in America.  While we’re doing our best to pass along information we’re getting from government sources, please consult with your trusted advisor and legal counsel before making decisions that are specific to your business and geography. Special thanks to all of our Florida Chamber members, Local Chambers of Commerce,  Executive Office of the Governor, and several agencies for submitting and/or helping us answer these important questions.

Phase 3: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Executive Order (20-244):

Q: What phase of re-opening is Florida in?

A: Pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-244, all counties in Florida are in Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery effective September 25, 2020.

Q: When does the Governor’s Phase 3 Executive Order take effect? 

A: The Governor’s Executive Order (20-244) to enter Phase 3 took effect Friday, September 25, 2020.

Q: Is the “Safer at Home” Order over?

A: Individuals are still encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols and are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.  However, Executive Order 20-244 supersedes all prior Executive Orders and reopens all businesses. 

Q: How does the Phase 3 Executive Order impact local mask ordinances?

A: Local governments are still able to maintain or pass local mask ordinances and the CDC and Department of Health still encourages the use of masks whenever not inside the home. The executive order suspends fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 on individuals. However, based on the plain text of the executive order, it appears that businesses could be subjected to fines if they do not enforce local mask mandates.

Q: Does this order (20-244) apply to all Florida counties?

A: Yes.

Q: Is the Governor’s Executive Order consistent with the President’s Opening Up America Again Plan?

A: Governor DeSantis met with President Trump on April 28th to discuss this plan and the President was very supportive of Florida’s efforts to take a safe, smart, step-by-step approach to re-open Florida. See President Trump’s guidance here:

Q: Does this Executive Order supersede local law?

A: Nothing in EO-244 preempts or supersedes a non-COVID-19 municipal or county order. However, no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.

Q: What does Executive Order 20-213 do and how does it impact other recent EOs?

A: EO 20-213 extends EO 20-166 and the state of emergency declared in E0 20-52 for 60 days. The reopen Executive Orders, including 20-244, does not change that we are still in a state of emergency. 

Related COVID-19 Questions:

Q: What is the state doing to help during the Coronavirus pandemic?

A: The state has been laser-focused on containing the virus, flattening the curve and ensuring that Floridians remain safe, in a way that will quickly allow Florida’s economy to recover when this is over. For a list of state actions to respond to COVID-19, click here: State of Florida COVID-19 Updates

Q: What does this mean for the economy?

A: See the latest economic analysis from the Florida Chamber’s Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish by clicking here. Additionally, you can always visit The Florida Scorecard to track key metrics from across the state and across the 6 pillars. Finally, the Florida Chamber is already putting a plan in place to quickly get the economy back on track after this is all over.

Q: I believe I might have contracted COVID-19 back in January but my body resolved it. When will Florida have access to the antibody test to determine if we had it and if we have the antibodies to help others?

A: Currently Florida is working on obtaining antibody tests, but there is not a timeline for when they will become available. You can review testing updates and progress by visiting the Florida Health Coronavirus Response page here.

Submit Your Questions

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