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Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan For Florida’s Recovery

Executive Order 20-112, Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, will take effect Monday, May 4th, 2020. These guidelines include all counties in Florida EXCEPT: Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, which will remain under the current executive order. Phase 2 will begin when the Governor determines it is suitable to continue re-opening after fully considering medical data in accordance with consultations with state health officials.

Below is an overview of the Governor’s phase 1 to re-open Florida. As the state prepares to open, Gunster will continue to be here for all of your business needs and bring you weekly updates to stay informed and engaged. Register today for our webinars exploring the plan to re-open Florida and a legislative angle on the impact of COVID-19:

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan For Florida’s Recovery

Executive Order 20-112, Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, will take effect Monday, May 4th, 2020. These guidelines include all counties in Florida EXCEPT: Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Phase 2 will begin when the Governor determines it is suitable to continue re-opening after fully considering medical data in accordance with consultations with state health officials.

Overview of Executive Order 20-112

·       Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with other people

·       When in public, all individuals should maximize physical distancing

·       Avoid gathering in groups over 10

·       It is recommended to wear facemasks in the workplace and in situations in which social distancing is not possible

·       Visiting senior living facilities remains prohibited

·       Schools will continue distance learning for the rest of the school year

·       Museums and libraries may open at no more than 25% of their building occupancy

·       The Florida Department of Environmental protection will announce a phased-in re-opening of state parks

Medical

·       Medical services, including elective procedures, surgical centers, surgery centers, dental offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices may fully re-open

·       Hospitals will be required to assist nursing homes and long-term car facilities in their efforts to protect the vulnerable

·       Hospitals must maintain adequate bed capacity and PPE

Travel

·       This order extends Executive Order 20-80, Airport Screening and Isolation, and Executive Order 20-82 Isolation of Individuals traveling to Florida, with exceptions for military, emergency, health, infrastructure or commercial related activity.

Business

·       Restaurants may re-open with full outside seating, indoor seating will be allowed at 25% of building capacity

·       Retail businesses will be allowed to operate at 25% occupancy.

·       Social distancing and sanitation guidelines should be followed

·       Bars, nightclubs and gyms will remain closed during Phase 1 of re-opening.

·       Personal care services such as barbershops and salons with close contact should remain closed.

·       the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 requires appropriate social distancing and limits groups to 10 people or fewer. Regulated businesses should adhere to agency guidance. Additionally, businesses should consult with the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact Gunster’s Government Affairs Law and Lobbying Practice Group Leader, Ronald A. Brisé.

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This publication is for general information only. It is not legal advice, and legal counsel should be contacted before any action is taken that might be influenced by this publication.


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