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Florida: State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

FLORIDA

February 25, 2021:

(Miami-Dade County): On February 24, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period, beginning on February 25, 2021. The order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

February 24, 2021:

(Broward County): On February 19, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Emergency further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 23, 2021.

February 22, 2021:

On February 19, 2021, Governor DeSantis announced the establishment of four COVID-19 federally-supported vaccination sites. The sites will open on March 3 and each will administer 2,000 vaccines per day. Each site will also have two mobile satellite sites, bringing each site’s daily vaccination total to 3,000.

(Palm Beach County): On February 18, 2021, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through February 26, 2021. County Administrator Verdenia Baker also issued Emergency Order No. 2021-001, which extends Emergency Order 2020-012 (requiring the use of facial coverings in all businesses, establishments, and public spaces) until 12:01 a.m. on March 19, 2021.

February 18, 2021:

(Miami-Dade County): On February 17, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period beginning on February 18, 2021.

Also on February 17, 2021, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program created through legislation proposed by Mayor Cava was approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. The program will provide $60 million in federal relief funds to support residential landlords and tenants.

February 17, 2021:

The Florida Department of Health issued Emergency Rule 64JER21-1, F.A.C. permitting paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the state to administer COVID-19 vaccines in a non-emergency environment. Paramedics and EMTs must complete COVID-19 vaccine administration training prior to administering the vaccine. The Rule was adopted by the Department of State and effective as of February 16, 2021.

February 16, 2021:

(Broward County): On February 12, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Emergency further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 16, 2021.

February 15, 2021:

(Palm Beach County): On February 11, 2021, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through February 19, 2021.

February 10, 2021:

(Miami-Dade County): On February 10, 2021, Mayor Daniella Cava issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven-day period, beginning on February 11, 2021. The order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

(Broward County): On February 8, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Emergency further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 9, 2021.

February 9, 2021:

On February 9, 2021, Governor DeSantis announced additional COVID-19 vaccination sites across Florida that would be offered through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Florida will partner with Walmart and Publix throughout the state to expand access to the vaccine.

February 8, 2021:

(Palm Beach County): On February 5, 2021, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through February 12, 2021. That same day, Governor DeSantis and Mayor Kerner announced that over 40 percent of Palm Beach County seniors 65 and older have been vaccinated.

(Miami-Dade County): On February 5, 2021, Mayor Cava issued a statement that the County’s Chief Public Safety Office and Chief Medical Officer would be evaluating the continued countywide midnight curfew over the next 30 days.

In a press conference held February 8, 2021, Mayor Cava announced $60 million in federal relief funds will be used to provide support for landlords. The program will provide up to $3,000 per month of back rent owed to landlords with writs of possession from March 2020 through the present. Beginning March 5, 2021, the County will resume service of writs for commercial evictions. The residential eviction moratorium will remain in effect to protect vulnerable families.

February 4, 2021:

(Miami-Dade County): On February 3, 2021, Mayor Danielle Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period commencing on February 4, 2021.

(Broward County): On February 1, 2021, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Emergency further extending the local state of emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 2, 2021.

February 3, 2021:

(Palm Beach County): On January 29, 2021, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing Emergency, further extending the state of local emergency through February 5, 2021.

February 1, 2021:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Cava issued an executive order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional seven day period, beginning on January 28, 2021. The order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

January 27, 2021:

On January 26, Governor DeSantis announced that additional Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and St. Lucie County will serve as COVID-19 vaccination sites. Florida will offer vaccinations at 261 Publix locations in 20 counties.

On January 26, Governor DeSantis announced that more than 1 million seniors 65 and older have been vaccinated in Florida. Florida currently leads the nation in vaccinations of seniors. A full breakdown of the vaccination report can be found here.

January 26, 2021:

On January 25, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that by February 1, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine will have been offered to every resident and staff member in Florida’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Governor has previously announced the steps the state is taking to prioritize vaccinating those 65 and older.

(Miami-Dade County): The Office of the Mayor issued a news release on January 26, 2021 indicating that the county will release a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments to people 65 and older. Appointments are now available online and over the phone.

January 25, 2021:

The Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory which recommends that vaccine providers ensure the recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine is a resident of Florida under Fla. Stat. § 381.968(5)(b), or is present in Florida for the purpose of providing health care services involving direct contact with patients, prior to administering a vaccine dose.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order which requires hospital systems, municipalities that receive vaccines, or other entities that distribute vaccines, to report vaccine related information specific to Miami-Dade County—including total doses on hand, sources, administration sites, total vaccines administered, appointments available, and the demographics of those vaccinated, among other things—to the County. Hospitals systems and other entities that dispense vaccines should not provide vaccination appointments unless they have received vaccine doses and have a reasonably accurate forecast of the number of persons who can be vaccinated with the supply. The order takes effect on Saturday, January 23, 2021, and expires with the expiration of the County state of local emergency.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on January 21, 2021.

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on January 26, 2021.

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator, Verdenia Baker, issued Emergency Order No. 2021-001, which extends Emergency Order 2020-012 (requiring the use of facial coverings in all businesses, establishments, and public spaces), until 12:01 a.m. on February 19, 2021. Mayor Kerner also issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through January 29, 2021.

January 14, 2021:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through January 22, 2021.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on January 14, 2021. The Order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

January 11, 2021:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through January 15, 2021.

January 4, 2021:

Governor DeSantis also issued Executive Order 20-316, further extending the state of emergency for 60 days.

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through January 8, 2021.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on December 31, 2020. The Order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

December 29, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-315, which permits all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine during the first phase of vaccine administration, to vaccinate only (1) long-term care facility residents and staff; (2) persons 65 years of age and older; and (3) health care personnel with direct patient contact. Hospital providers may also vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-31, which amends the curfew exception for people returning to their homes after commercial travel, to apply to people traveling directly between their homes and an airport, seaport, or train or bus terminal in connection with commercial air, sea, train, or bus travel or returning to their homes after one-way vehicular travel of more than 100 miles.

County Administrator Henry also issued Emergency Order 20-30, which imposes a county-wide curfew for all of Broward County from midnight to 5:00 a.m. daily, beginning Friday, December 25, 2020, and continuing each day through Monday January 4, 2021, except that on Christmas day (December 25), and New Year’s Day (January 1), the curfew will start one hour later, and will be in effect only from 1:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. During the curfew, no person may use any street or sidewalk in the county for any purpose, unless they fall under the exceptions described in the order, which include: active-duty police or first responders, media, government employees, persons traveling directly to or from work or any religious service, among others.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on December 24, 2020.

December 21, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through December 25, 2020. Palm Beach County Administrator, Verdenia Baker, issued Emergency Order No. 31, which extends Emergency Order 2020-012 (requiring the use of facial coverings in all businesses, establishments, and public spaces), until 12:01 a.m. on January 20, 2021

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued Amendment No. 4 to Emergency Order 27-20, to state the curfew will not be in effect from 11:59 p.m. on December 24, through 1:00 a.m. on December 25, and from 11:59 p.m. on December 31 through 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2021.

December 17, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on December 17, 2020. The Order was accompanied by an affidavit justifying the extension.

December 14, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-29, which adopts a Comprehensive Emergency Order which replaces and supersedes all Emergency Orders she has issued since March 2020. The Order takes effect on December 16, 2020 and expires upon the expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency, unless otherwise terminated. The Comprehensive Order addresses facial coverings requirements, social distancing, limits on gatherings, curfew, required signage, penalties and enforcement, and establishment-specific requirements.

December 9, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through December 18, 2020.

December 8, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on December 8, 2020.

December 7, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through December 11, 2020.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Cava issued an affidavit in compliance with Ordinance No. 20-87, to explain the current extension of the Local State of Emergency.

December 3, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on December 3, 2020.

December 2, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on December 1, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): On November 25, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through December 4, 2020

(Miami-Dade County): On November 25, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on November 26, 2020.

December 1, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on December 1, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through December 4, 2020.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on November 26, 2020.

November 24, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-297, which further extends Executive Order 20-244 (which among other things, suspended the collection of COVID-19 fines and penalties levied upon individuals, and restricted ordinances which attempt to prevent an individual from working or operating a business, and which also prevents any local government from limiting indoor capacity for restaurants, to less than 50%), for the duration of Executive Order 20-52, as extended.

November 23, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): On November 20, County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued Emergency Order No. 30, which further extends Order No. 21, (mandating the use of facial coverings, and instituting signage requirements for retail establishments and restaurants), until December 21, 2020.

(Miami-Dade County): On November 18, Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on November 19, 2020. Mayor Gimenez also issued an affidavit explaining the extension of the local state of emergency.

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 am on November 17, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): On November 19, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through November 27, 2020.

November 18, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on November 17, 2020.

November 17, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through November 20, 2020.

November 12, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on November 12, 2020.

November 9, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through November 13, 2020.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued an affidavit in compliance with Ordinance No. 20-87, to explain the current extension of the Local State of Emergency.

November 4, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order further extending the state of emergency for an additional 60 days for the entire state of Florida.

November 2, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): On October 29, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through November 6, 2020.

October 28, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on October 29, 2020.

October 27, 2020:

(Broward County): On October 26, County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on October 27, 2020.

October 26, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 3 to Emergency Order 29-20, which, to the extent the CDC issues guidelines more restrictive than those required in the Order, requires compliance with the CDC guidelines. The Order further removes limitations on park opening hours, clarifies the requirements applicable to golf courses, and permits team competition for all sports. Mayor Gimenez also issued Executive Order 31-20 which, effective October 24, 2020, updates the applicable version of the “Moving To A New Normal Handbook.” Mayor Gimenez also issued an affidavit explaining the extension of the local state of emergency.

(Palm Beach County): On October 22, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency further extending the state of local emergency through October 30, 2020.

October 21, 2020:

Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on October 22, 2020.

October 19, 2020:

(Broward County): On October 16, County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-28, which amends the attachments to Emergency Order 20-21 and Section 2 of Emergency Order 20-24, to allow the on-premise consumption of food and alcohol, sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption, and the consumption of alcohol in public until midnight.

(Palm Beach County): On October 15, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through October 23, 2020.

October 15, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 30-20, which eliminates the requirement that businesses consent to inspections and submit compliance plans after violating the Order. Mayor Gimenez further extended the Declaration of State of Local Emergency for an additional 7 days, commencing on October 15, 2020.

October 12, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on October 13, 2020.

(Miami-Dade County): On October 10, Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 3 to Emergency Order 27-20 which, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 12, 2020, imposes a curfew for all of Miami-Dade County from 12:00 a.m. each night through 6:00 a.m. the next morning, until otherwise canceled or revised. In addition to exceptions for police, fire rescue, first responders, medical, health care, media, and utility repair personnel, exceptions to the curfew restrictions exist for:

  • Those working at essential establishments, defined in the Order,
  • Those going directly to or from work at essential establishments and their homes,
  • Those making deliveries from essential establishments,
  • Those walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences,
  • Those traveling to and from any sporting event sponsored by the NCAA, Major League Baseball, the NFL, or any other national professional sports league or organization, and
  • Those traveling to or from any religious service.

On October 9, Mayor Gimenez issued an affidavit in compliance with Ordinance No. 20-87, to explain the current extension of the Local State of Emergency.

(Palm Beach County): On October 8, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through October 16, 2020.

October 8, 2020:

Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on October 8, 2020.

October 6, 2020:

County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, further extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 a.m. on October 6, 2020.

October 5, 2020:

Florida (Miami-Dade County):

On October 4, Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 20-20, which effective October 6, 2020, eliminates the face-covering requirement for (1) persons engaged in strenuous physical activity outdoors, provided social and physical distancing is complied with, and (2) persons who are stationary and outdoors, but separated from all other persons by at 10 feet, with a fixed physical barrier, marker, or obstruction that ensures the separation. Athletes and other individuals standing on the sidelines of sports competitions must wear facial coverings.

Florida (Palm Beach County):

On October 2, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through October 9, 2020.

October 1, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-246, which further extends Executive Order 20-69, which suspended Florida statutes that required a quorum to be present in person or that required local government bodies to meet at specified public places, and authorized the use of communications media technology, until November 1, 2020.

(Broward County): County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-27, which clarifies the requirements applicable to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other establishments serving food or alcohol in light of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-244. The order details establishment-specific guidelines that apply to businesses operating in the county, and reinforces the face covering requirements.

(Miami Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order further extending the state of local emergency by 7 days commencing on October 1, 2020.

September 30, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 29-20 which, effective October 1, 2020, allows team competition in all sports subject to the Order’s requirements, and which clarifies that facial coverings are required in parks and other outdoor spaces, with certain exceptions.

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Baker issued Emergency Order No. 28, which repeals all prior Palm Beach County emergency orders imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on individuals, businesses, and/or establishments, with the exception of Emergency Orders Nos. 2020-012 (facial coverings) and 2020-017 (enforcement) as extended and/or amended, and replaces them with Order No. 28. All individuals, businesses, and establishments must follow Order No. 2020-012’s requirements, which include the mandated use of facial coverings in businesses and establishments, in public places where social distancing is not possible, in common areas in private communities, and when using public transportation or when in government buildings. Businesses must continue to ensure compliance with the facial covering mandate, including by establishing a process to verify customers are following the mandate when entering the business.

Notwithstanding Governor DeSantis’ suspension of the collection of COVID-19 related fines and penalties on individuals, businesses that fail to follow the Order may incur fines and penalties. To the extent the order does not conflict with the applicable law, all individuals, businesses, and establishments must follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. The social distancing requirement shall not be imposed to limit restaurant capacity to less than 100% of indoor capacity. Further, all businesses and establishments must adhere to enhanced cleaning protocols, such as the CDC’s guidelines. The order takes effect on September 29, 2020 and expires with the expiration of the existing state of local emergency.

September 28, 2020:

On September 25, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, which effective immediately preempts any COVID-19 emergency ordinance from preventing an individual from working or from operating a business. The Order also provides restaurants, including any establishment with a food license, may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity. An order that seeks to limit capacity to less than 100% of indoor capacity must on its face quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirement on the restaurant and explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health. The order further suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals.

(Miami-Dade County): On September 26, Mayor Gimenez issued Emergency Order 30-20 which cancels Emergency Orders 1-20, 16-20, and 28-20 as amended. Retail and commercial establishments and any other establishment or facility may open and remain open, provided they comply with the applicable activity-specific requirements in the amended “Moving To A New Normal Handbook.”

(Palm Beach County): On September 25, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through October 2, 2020.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued Emergency Order No. 27, which repeals Emergency Orders 20-018 and 2020-023, and removes any County-ordered COVID-19 emergency restrictions on business operating hours. Bars, nightclubs, hookah, cigar, other smoking bars and lounges, auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, and concert houses remain closed.

(Broward County): On September 25, County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-26, which deletes Section 2 of Emergency Order 20-21, as amended, and which provides that to the extent they are preempted by Governor DeSantis’s Order 20-244, any provisions within any Broward County Emergency Order that limit the otherwise permitted capacity of restaurants or any establishment with a food license are of no further force and effect. The Order attaches amended operations requirements to be applied to all establishments serving food or alcohol. Administrator Henry also amended Emergency Order 20-23, modify requirements relating to organized sports, and expanding the circumstances in which organized and other sports are permitted.

September 23, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 28-20 which, effective September 24, 2020 updates the applicable version of the “Moving To A New Normal Handbook.” Mayor Gimenez also issued an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on September 24, 2020, and issued an affidavit explaining the extension. Additional affidavits will follow every 15 days as necessary.

September 22, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): On September 21, County Administrator Verdenia Baker extended Executive Order 2020-012, requiring the wearing of face coverings in business establishments and public spaces, through 12:01 a.m. on October 22, 2020.

September 21, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through September 25, 2020.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker also issued an Order which clarifies Emergency Order 24 (which implemented Step 1 of Palm Beach County’s Phase 2 reopening), and states that clubhouses, banquet halls, ballrooms, and other rental spaces may open for meetings and uses authorized in previous emergency orders, including seated meal service, subject to the requirements outlined in the Order. The Order took effect on September 19, 2020 and expires on expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency.

September 17, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 28-20 which, effective September 18, 2020 permits the opening of (and indoor consumption of food and beverages at) movie theatres, concert houses, convention spaces, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, and indoor amusement facilities to open, subject to the requirements of the updated New Normal Guidebook. Mayor Gimenez also issued Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 29-20 which, beginning at 12:01 p.m. on September 18, 2020, permits limited competitive play (including scrimmages), but not organized inter-team sports or league games, and requires facial coverings to be worn on athletic fields.

September 14, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order authorizing Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to move to Phase 2 of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.”

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued a Declaration of Emergency, extending the local State of Emergency for 7 days, starting at 9:00 am on September 15, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through September 18, 2020.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 2 to Executive Order 27-20, which, beginning on September 14, 2020, changes the county-wide curfew to begin at 11:00 pm instead of 10:00 pm. Mayor Gimenez also issued Emergency Order 29-20 which, beginning at 6:00 am on September 14, 2020, cancels Emergency Orders 5-20 and 21-20. Parks, marinas, boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply, and other marina services, and golf-courses in Miami-Dade County that are not under the State or federal government’s jurisdiction may operate subject to the activity-specific restrictions stated in the order. Further, moped, motorized scooter, bicycle, motorized bicycle, or micromobility devices may be operated in accordance with the New Normal Handbook.

September 10, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on September 10, 2020.

Mayor Gimenez also issued an amendment to County Emergency Order 27-20, which, commencing on September 10, 2020 imposes a curfew for the entire County from 10:00 p.m. each night through 6:00 a.m. the next morning, until canceled or revised. The curfew does not apply to persons:

  • Working at essential establishments
  • Going to or from their homes to work at essential establishments
  • Making deliveries from essential establishments
  • Walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences
  • Traveling to and from any sporting event sponsored by the NCAA, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, or any other national professional sports league or organization
  • Traveling to or from any religious service.

September 8, 2020:

On September 4, Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order authorizing Palm Beach County to move to Phase 2 of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.” Governor DeSantis also issued an Executive Order extending the state of emergency for an additional 60 days for the entire state of Florida.

(Broward County): On September 2, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued a Declaration of Emergency which extends the local State of Emergency for an additional 7 days from 9:00 am on September 8, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): On September 2, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency which further extends the state of emergency through September 11, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): On September 3, County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued an Emergency Order which changes the range of hours during which food and/or alcohol may not be served for on premise consumption to between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The Order also removes tattooing, body piercing, and tanning business establishments from the list of businesses that remain closed. The order takes effect on September 4, 2020 and expires upon expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency.

(Palm Beach County): On September 4, County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued an Emergency Order authorizing the following businesses to re-open, in accordance with all applicable CDC Guidelines, prior executive and emergency orders, and business-specific requirements outlined in the order, which include capacity restrictions:

  • Bowling alleys
  • Escape rooms
  • Movie theatres
  • Playhouses (with less than 400 seats)
  • Skating centers
  • Trampoline centers
  • Other indoor entertainment venues
  • Restaurants and food establishments, including clubhouses, banquet halls, and ballrooms which provide seated meal services.

In-store retail sales establishments, museums and libraries, personal services establishments (such as tanning, tattooing, body piercing, license acupuncture and massage), and gym and fitness centers may operate at full capacity, provided parties are limited to no more than 10 and are spaced at least 6 feet apart. Auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, concert houses, bars, night clubs, smoking bars, arcades, and billiard halls licensed as bars are among the list of businesses that remain closed. The order takes effect on September 8, 2020 and expires upon expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency.

September 3, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): On September 2, Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on September 3, 2020.

September 1, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 2020-211, which further extends the suspension of mortgage foreclosures and eviction actions on single-family residences which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency, until 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2020.

August 31, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-210, which defers the renewal deadline through December 31, 2020, for the holder of any license, permit, registration, or certification issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, for the purposes of engaging in the manufacturing, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages in Florida, that has an existing renewal deadline that falls on or before December 31, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued Emergency Order No. 22, which authorizes tattooing, body piercing, and tanning establishments to operate with appropriate safety guidelines outlined by the Florida Department of Health. The order takes effect on August 31, 2020 and expires upon the expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Emergency Order 18-20, which amends the reporting requirements applied to hospitals, to require that information be reported to the County only once a day (instead of twice a day), and which eliminates the requirement that hospitals report the age, gender, body mass index, and occupation of each COVID-19 positive patient admitted that day that is under 90 years old.

Mayor Gimenez also issued Emergency Order 28-20 which, effective August 31, 2020, permits retail, commercial, and any other establishment or facility to open provided: (1) facial covering, and other requirements relating to the posting of signage, sanitation, and social distancing are complied with; (2) activity-specific requirement stated in the “Moving To A New Normal Handbook” are satisfied; (3) facial covering requirements are met; and (4) entry of County or municipal personnel onto the establishment’s property for the sole purpose of inspection for compliance with the order is permitted. Establishments that are not in compliance with the order must immediately close and must satisfy stated criteria (which include closing for a minimum 24-hour period and taking all measures necessary to come into compliance with the order’s requirements). Restaurants and other food service establishments with seating for more than 8 people must close for on-premises dining between the start of curfew (determined by Emergency Order 27-20), and 6:00 am the next morning. Movie theatres, concert houses, convention spaces, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, indoor amusement facilities, adult entertainment, conventions, and other temporary events (except for outdoor events which may be held with appropriate social distancing, such as by attendees remaining in their own cars), must remain closed. Bars, pubs, night clubs, ball rooms, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, hookah lounges, and breweries must also remain closed, provided that such venues, if licensed to do so, may only sell food and alcoholic beverages for onsite consumption, subject to the Handbook’s requirements. The order lifts social distancing and capacity limitation restrictions which apply to commercial lodging establishments and facilities designed as shelters, for the duration of an emergency, hurricane or tropical storm warning, if such a warning is issued, or a state of emergency is declared due to a tropical storm or hurricane, for all or part of the County

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period, beginning on August 27, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, which extends the state of emergency in Palm Beach County through September 4, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued Emergency Order No. 21 which, effective at 5:00 p.m. on August 27, 2020, amends the provisions of Emergency Orders 2020-007 and 2020-011 as they relate to public and private parks, to permit the following activities:

  1. Skate parks and bicycle tracks may be open with supervision as determined by park management;
  2. All park playgrounds, water playgrounds, play and exercise equipment may be open;
  3. Water fountains may be open;
  4. Volleyball courts may be open;
  5. Campgrounds may begin taking reservations for stays on or after October 1, 2020;
  6. Supervised sports facilities with lights may be open after sunset; and
  7. Adult sports activities and leagues are permitted.

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued Emergency Order No. 20 which, effective August 23, 2020, extends Executive Order 2020-012’s requirements that facial coverings be worn by all persons, other than those specifically exempted, while in public spaces, while using the County’s transit services, while accessing governmental businesses, or whole obtaining goods and services from, or otherwise visiting or working in any business or establishment. The Order is extended through 12:01 am on September 22, 2020.

August 24, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued Emergency Order No. 19, which authorizes certain vacation and short-term rentals, previously suspended by Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-87, to reopen provided they comply with requirements and guidelines relating to property cleanliness, sanitization, and staffing standards, among others. Vacation rental property owners and managers must provide a bi-monthly report to the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Office, which includes the name of the owner or manager, address of the rental property, arrival and departure dates for all reservations, and the zip codes of renters. The Order takes effect on August 22, 2020, and expires with the existing State of Local emergency. Mayor Kerner also issued Emergency Order 20, which (once again) extends the facial coverings directive, Emergency Order 2020-12, until 12:01 a.m. on September 22, 2020. The order takes effect on August 23, 2020.

On August 20, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, which extends the state of emergency in Palm Beach County through August 28, 2020.

(Broward County): County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-24, which implements a reopening plan for short-term vacation rentals. The Order also revises the rules regarding restaurants and food establishments, by allowing on-premises dining until 11:00 p.m. (instead of 10:00 p.m.), and limiting the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The Order further clarifies that billiards tables and similar games must remain closed. Night clubs, hookah bars, cabarets, banquet halls, adult entertainment establishments, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and Jacuzzi’s must remain closed to the public. Bars, pubs, breweries, billiards halls and clubs, and cocktail lounges that derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must also remain closed to the public, but may operate solely to provide food or beverages for take-out or delivery, if operated consistently with Emergency Order 20-21 and amended attachment 2. The order takes effect immediately, and lasts for the duration of the State of Local Emergency.

August 20, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez released an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7-day period beginning on August 20, 2020.

August 17, 2020:

(Miami Dade County): On August 12, Mayor Gimenez issued an Executive Order extending the state of local emergency for an additional 7 days commencing on August 13, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): On August 11, Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, which extends the local state of emergency through August 21, 2020.

August 13, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Baker issued Emergency Order Number 18 (“Revised Restrictions on Operating Hours of Restaurants, Food Establishments, and Other Businesses and Clarification of Current Business Closures”). The Order prohibits establishments permitted to serve alcohol or food for on-site consumption from serving or allowing the consumption of food or alcohol on premises between 11 PM and 5 AM. All businesses closed by prior orders remain closed, including:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Smoking bars and lounges
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Auditoriums
  • Movie theaters
  • Concert halls
  • Tattooing and body piercing establishments
  • Tanning and massage businesses

The Order took effect on August 12, 2020 and terminates upon expiration of the existing state of local emergency or subsequent order.

August 10, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Baker released Emergency Order Number 17, which adopts state executive orders by reference and enforces county emergency orders. Any establishment that operates in a manner in violation of any of the Palm Beach County or state order may be ordered to close immediately. An establishment may reopen only after:

  • A minimum of a 24-hour period where the establishment shall take all necessary measures to bring the establishment into compliance with the emergency orders;
  • Submitting a fully executed attestation (in the form attached to the Order) that the review has been completed and the required measures have been taken; and
  • Submitting to an inspection by enforcement personnel within five calendar days after reopening to confirm that the violation has been corrected

The Order supersedes and replaces any contrary provision in any prior emergency order. The order is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on August 8, 2020 and shall expire upon the expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency or subsequent action.

August 6, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Oder No. 20-192, which amends Section 3 C. of Executive Order 20-68 (which required the Department of Business and Professional regulation to ensure restaurants implemented employee screening and prohibit entry of employees who met certain criteria), to state the Department will ensure restaurants will implement screening protocols pursuant to CDC guidance.

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner issued a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, which extends the state of emergency in Palm Beach County through August 14, 2020.

(Miami Dade County): Mayor Gimenez released an Executive Order Extending Declaration of Local State of Emergency, which extends the state of local emergency for an additional 7 days commencing on August 6, 2020. Mayor Gimenez also amended Emergency Order 21-20, to allow dogs to be off-leash at dog parks effective August 6, 2020, and Emergency Order 26-20, which authorizes hotels, motels, or other commercial lodging establishments to permit in-person dining in their restaurants, and to exceed social distancing requirements to provide temporary shelter for emergency purposes arising from a tropical story or hurricane, if a warning has been issued or a state of emergency has been declared due to the tropical storm or hurricane. Emergency Order 26-20 also exempts rentals operating within condo-hotel buildings from the 30 day minimum stay for other short term rentals.

August 3, 2020:

(Miami-Date County): Mayor Gimenez has extended the Declaration of a State of Local Emergency for an additional seven days beginning on July 30, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner released a Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency, which extends the state of emergency in Palm Beach County until August 7, 2020.

July 30, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which extends Executive Order 20-94’s suspension of mortgage foreclosures and eviction actions on single-family residences which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency, through September 1, 2020. Governor DeSantis also issued an Executive Order, which extends Executive Order 20-69, which suspended Florida statutes that required a quorum to be present in person or that required local government bodies to meet at specified public places, and authorized the use of communications media technology, and amends its provisions to address issues related to Truth in Millage, non ad valorem assessments, and value adjustment boards.

July 29, 2020:

(Broward County): Broward County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-23, which extends the curfew which is effective from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each day, until Monday August 3, 2020. The Order further clarifies that persons who reside in a residential property shall not be individually liable for guests or other non-residents of the property, who violate the face-coverings requirement. If, however, the residence functions as a home-based business, the business must ensure all people on the property meet with the requirements of Emergency Order 20-21 during all transactions.

Short-term vacation rentals that are actively managed by onsite owners or management companies, as well as those rentals by persons performing certain essential services or non-vacation commercial activities are permitted to operated, provided they satisfy specific requirements. Outdoor Open-Air Special events are not permitted, unless pursuant to a reopening or operating plan approved in writing by the Broward County Administrator.

The Order further clarifies that steam rooms, saunas, and jacuzzies may not be operated, unless located in or on a single-family residential lot, a single townhouse unit, or any part of a duplex lot. Exceptions for the wearing of face coverings, are extended to persons while eating and drinking, those receiving goods or services at a private residence, or those subject to an express exemption in an applicable order. The Order takes effect on July 29, 2020 and remains in effect for the duration of the existing State of Local Emergency, unless otherwise extended or terminated.

(Palm Beach County): The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners issued Ordinance No. 2020-013, which increases the increments in which declarations of emergency can be extended from 72-hours to 7-days. The Ordinance authorizes the county administrator to make and rescind emergency orders necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Palm Beach County during a state of emergency. The Ordinance authorizes the county administrator to make exemptions from any curfew order, and authorizes a curfew order to impose restrictions regarding gatherings, evacuations, the close of commercial business or places of public accommodation, and limitations on the sale, purchase, or possession of alcoholic beverages or flammable substances. The Ordinance further details the penalties that can be imposed for violations. The Ordinance takes effect on July 28, 2020.

July 27, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Verdenia Baker extended the Palm Beach County State of Emergency Declaration by seven days. The declaration extends through July 31, 2020, unless otherwise extended or terminated.

July 23, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez has extended the Declaration of a State of Local Emergency for an additional seven days beginning on July 23, 2020.

(Palm Beach County): County Administrator Verdenia Baker issued Emergency Order 15, which repeals Emergency Order 20-014 and revises the restrictions on operating hours and clarifies current business closures. No establishment allowed to serve alcohol for on-site consumption is permitted to serve alcohol (or allow its on-premise consumption) between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Similarly, no establishment allowed to serve food for on-site consumption shall serve food (or allow its on-premise consumption) between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Except for staff performing necessary functions, drive-through, pick-up, or take out services for off-site consumption, establishments must be closed and vacated between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Indoor and outdoor seating shall be vacated from 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and shall not be available to pick-up or take-out service customers.

Notwithstanding the exceptions, amusement parks, kava, kratom, similar bars and lounges, banquet halls, and ball room must be closed between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The following businesses remain closed:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs, establishments offering adult entertainment, strip clubs
  • Hookah, cigar, and other smoking bars and lounges
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Playhouses
  • Concert houses
  • Movie theaters
  • Auditoriums
  • Other indoor entertainment venues offering, either for participation or observation, recreational opportunities or games of skill in an enclosed building. Such venues include, but not limited to, skating centers, trampoline centers, billiard halls, escape rooms, bingo parlors, casinos, and interactive bars or lounges allowing for sports participation
  • Tattoo parlors, body piercing parlors, acupuncture venues, tanning and massage parlors

The order takes effect at 5:00 p.m. on July 23, 2020 and expires with the existing State of Local Emergency unless otherwise extended or terminated.

The County Administrator also issued Emergency Order 16, which extends the facial coverings directive, Emergency Order 2020-012, until 12:01 a.m. on August 23, 2020. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 24, 2020.

July 21, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): The Palm Beach County Administrator, Verdenia Baker extended the Palm Beach County State of Emergency Declaration by seven days. The declaration extends through July 24, 2020, unless otherwise extended or terminated.

July 20, 2020:

(Broward County): County Administrator Bertha Henry issued an Emergency Order which, effective July 17, 2020 at 11:00 pm, imposes a curfew for all of Broward County between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am each day, until 5:00 am on August 1, 2020. The order prohibits gatherings at residential properties that exceed 10 persons, not including the residents of the household. Other in-person gatherings of more than 10 people are also prohibited, unless permitted under an applicable Emergency Order. Short term vacation rentals that are not actively managed by on-site owners or management companies with staffing or security on-site 24 hours a day, for check-ins between July 20, 2020 and August 20, 2020, are not permitted to operate, with limited exceptions. The order remains in effect for the duration of the State of Local Emergency, unless otherwise terminated.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez has extended the Declaration of a State of Local Emergency for an additional seven days beginning on July 16, 2020.

July 15, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): The Palm Beach County Administrator issued an Emergency Order limiting the hours of certain businesses and venues. The Order prohibits establishments from serving alcohol or food for on-site consumption between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am. Additionally, the following businesses and venues shall be closed between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am: amusement parks; hookah and smoking bars and lounges; kava, kratom, and similar bars and lounges; banquet halls; and ballrooms. This Order takes effect at 12:01 am on July 16, 2020 and expires with the existing state of local emergency, unless otherwise extended or terminated.

July 13, 2020:

(Palm Beach County): Mayor Kerner has extended the State of Emergency Declaration for an additional seven days through July 17.

July 8, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order, which extends the state of emergency by an additional sixty days, and which provides that any orders amended or extended in the Phase 2 Order remain in effect, as modified.

(Miami-Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 26-20 to add banquet halls and ballrooms, both stand alone and incident to any hotel or other business, to the list of businesses required to close. The Order also requires those attending a gym or fitness center to wear facial coverings at all times. Additionally, restaurants are only permitted to offer outside on-premises dining, and only between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. The Order also limits occupancy for short-term vacation rentals and states new rental agreements shall not be entered into, except on a monthly basis. The Order takes effect July 9 and expires with the local state of emergency, unless otherwise terminated.

July 7, 2020:

(Miami Dade County): On July 1, Mayor Gimenez extended the Declaration of Local State of Emergency for another seven days beginning on July 2, 2020.

On July 2, Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment No. 1, which replaces Executive Order 20-20 in its entirety and requires all persons over two years old to wear facial coverings when in public. Exceptions are provided, among others, for those with medical conditions precluding the use of facial coverings, those engaged in strenuous physical activities, and those actively eating or drinking. This Order takes effect on July 2, 2020, and remains in effect until the local state of emergency expires.

Mayor Gimenez also issued an Executive Order which, effective July 3, 2020, closes all movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, indoor amusement facilities, and casinos (except those on sovereign tribal land). This Order remains effective until the local state of emergency expires, unless otherwise terminated.

The Mayor further issued an Executive Order, which imposes a curfew each night from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Exceptions are provided for those commuting to or from their employment at essential establishments, those making deliveries for essential establishments, and those walking their dogs close to their residences. This Order also takes effect on July 3 and remains effective until the local state of emergency expires, unless otherwise terminated.

On July 3, Mayor Gimenez issued an Amendment to Executive Order 26-20, and added outdoor amusement facilities and attractions, adult theaters, special cabarets, and unlicensed massage establishments to the list of businesses required to close. This Amendment takes effect on July 4, 2020, and remains effective until the local state of emergency expires, unless otherwise terminated.

July 1, 2020:

Governor DeSantis has extended Executive Order 20-94, which suspended mortgage foreclosures and eviction actions on single-family residences, through August 1.

(Miami Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Amendment 1 to Emergency Order 25-20, which requires all public and private beaches to be closed from Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6. The Order declares that there shall be no parades and municipal fireworks shows may occur subject to restrictions regarding physical distancing and the wearing of facial coverings. Mayor Gimenez also issued Amendment 5 to Emergency Order 23-20 which requires restaurants and food service establishments with seating for more than 8 people to close on-premises dining between 12:01 am and 6:00 am each day, starting on July 1, 2020. Kitchens may still operate to provide take out, delivery, or pick-up services.

June 29, 2020:

(Miami Dade County): Mayor Gimenez issued Emergency Order 25-20, which declares that all public and private beaches in the county will be closed from July 3rd through July 6th. Municipal fireworks shows may take place subject to strict compliance with social distancing and facial covering requirements of Emergency Orders 10-20 and 21-20 as amended. Under Emergency Order 21-20, parks must close at 8:00 pm.

June 24, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which extends Executive Order 20-69, which suspended Florida statutes that required a quorum to be present in person or that required local government bodies to meet at specified public places, and authorized the use of communications media technology. The Order is extended until 12:01 am on August 1, 2020.

June 11, 2020:

Governor DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced a detailed plan to reopen Florida’s K-12 schools in the fall at “full capacity.” Whether to reopen will be a “locally driven decision.”

June 4, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which implements Phase Two of Florida’s reopening for all counties, except Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, beginning on Friday June 5, 2020. The Order encourages responsible individual activities, such avoiding group meetings of more than 50 people, receiving routine testing for those who work in long-term care facilities, and maintaining appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols for in-store retail businesses.

Under the Order, restaurants and other businesses authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption (excepting nightclubs) may operate at 50% indoor capacity. Entertainment business, such as movie theatres, concert houses, and arcades, may also operate at 50% building capacity, provided appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures are taken. Personal services may also operate with appropriate safety guidelines. The Order also provides measures for pari-mutuel facilities to seek authorization to operate.

Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82, which imposed a 14-day self-quarantine requirement on travelers from the New York Tri-State area, are extended, except for individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for academic work, internships, sports training or other activities and programs approved by the educational institution. Executive Order 20-69, which authorized local government bodies to utilize telephonic and video conferencing for meetings, is extended until June 30, 2020.

June 2, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which, once again, extends mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief orders through 12:01 am on July 1, 2020.

May 26, 2020:

On May 22, Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which extends Executive Order 20-123 (implementing Phase 1 of Florida’s reopening), but also permits organized youth activities (such as sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, child care, summer camps, and youth recreation camps) to resume operation, with immediate effect.

May 15, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order extending the Phase-1 Reopening Order to Broward and Miami Dade Counties, effective at 12:01 am on May 18, 2020. Governor DeSantis also issued Executive Order 20-121, which extends the Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief Order, Executive Order 2020-94, until 12:01 am on June 2, 2020.

May 11, 2020:

Effective today, Palm Beach County may implement Phase 1 Reopening, pursuant to Executive Order 20-112. Barbershops and salons may also resume operations in counties authorized to proceed with Phase 1, provided they implement the social distancing and precautionary measures listed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order extending the Phase-1 Reopening Order to Palm Beach County, and authorizing barbershops and salons to reopen in counties authorized to proceed with Phase one, effective May 11, 2020.

May 10, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which extends the state of emergency by an additional 60 days, for the entire state, with immediate effect. The Order also clarifies that to the extent Executive Order 20-112, which implemented Phase 1 of Florida’s reopening, amended or extended an executive order related to COVID-19, such referenced orders remain in effect, as modified. The Direct of the Division of Emergency Management is directed to continue to execute Florida’s emergency management plan and response to the emergency.

May 4, 2020:

Executive Order 20-112 takes effect at 12:01 am. Under the order, elective surgeries may resume, and restaurants may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverages, as long as they implement social distancing measures, and limit indoor occupancy to 25% of indoor capacity. In-store retailers, museums, and libraries may also open subject to, among other things, the 25% capacity requirement. Gyms, fitness centers, and vacation rentals are not authorized to reopen under the Order. The order extends the required airport screening and isolation, and self-quarantine measures for certain travelers, and the continued implementation of checkpoints on roadways as necessary.

May 1, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order implementing Phase 1 of the previously announced plan for re-opening the economy. The Order takes effect at 12:01 am on May 4, 2020. Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties are excluded from the sections of the order which permit the reopening of previously restricted businesses and services. Pursuant to the Order, all persons in Florida must stay home, except to provide or obtain essential services or activities. Vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to stay home.

The order extends the required airport screening and isolation, and self-quarantine measures for certain travelers, and the continued implementation of checkpoints on roadways as necessary. Elective surgeries may resume, and restaurants may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverages, as long as they implement social distancing measures, and limit indoor occupancy to 25% of indoor capacity. In-store retailers, museums, and libraries may also open subject to, among other things, the 25% capacity requirement. Gyms, fitness centers, and vacation rentals are not authorized to reopen under the Order.

Governor DeSantis issued a separate Executive Order expressly extending Executive Orders 87 and 91, the vacation-rental-closure and stay-at-home orders, until 12:01 am on May 4, 2020.

April 29, 2020:

Governor DeSantis announced a plan for re-opening the economy. Phase one is set to begin on Monday, May 4, 2020, and will, for the present, exclude Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. During Phase One, schools will continue to utilize distancing learning, visits to senior living facilities are prohibited, and no change is made for bars, gyms, and personal services, such as hairdressers. Elective surgeries may resume, and restaurants and retailers may begin to operate at 25% of indoor capacity, with restaurants being required to provide outdoor seating with six-foot spaces between tables. Vulnerable individuals are encouraged to distance from individuals outside the home, and continued social distancing measures, such as the use of face masks, physical distancing, and avoidance of groups of more than 10 people where the circumstances do not allow for physical distancing are recommended.

April 20, 2020:

Governor DeSantis and the Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, have recommended that Florida public and private schools continue distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

April 17, 2020:

(Jacksonville): Jacksonville beaches will be re-opening for restricted hours beginning at 5:00 p.m. on April 17 for the limited purpose of recreational activities consistent with social distancing, including walking, biking, swimming, and surfing. Sunbathing, blankets, chairs, are not permitted on the beaches.

April 13, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order extending the prior suspension of vacation rental operations until April 30, 2020.

April 9, 2020:

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order which suspends the assessment and collection of documentary stamp taxes, pursuant to Chapter 201, Florida Statutes, for all notes and written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act, which includes Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses. The Order takes retroactive effect, from April 3, 2020, and remains in effect until the Expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

April 3, 2020:

Governor Ron DeSantis suspended and tolled any statute providing for a mortgage foreclosure under Florida law for 45 days from April 2, 2020. Governor DeSantis also suspended and tolled for 45 days any statute providing for an eviction for the non-payment of rent by residential tenants due to COVID-19.

April 2, 2020:

Governor Ron DeSantis announced he is issuing a state-wide Stay-At-Home order that will take effect April 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The order will expire on April 30, 2020, unless extended. This order supersedes any conflicting official action issued by local officials in response to COVID-19 but only to the extent that the action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by the order.

The order limits “essential services” and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (version 2, March 28, 2020). It also includes those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment, which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders that determines which essential retail and commercial businesses may remain open.

The Miami-Dade County order deemed the following to be “essential retail and commercial businesses”: (1) healthcare providers; (2) grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other retail stores that sell food and cleaning supplies; (3) food cultivation; (4) businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged; (5) media; (6) gas stations and auto supply; (7) banks and other financial institutions; (8) hardware stores; (9) contractors and other tradesmen who are necessary to maintaining safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures; (10) mailing and shipping; (11) private colleges and schools; (12) laundromats and dry cleaners; (13) restaurants for take-out or delivery; (14) businesses that supply office products necessary to work from home; (15) businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public; (16) businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences; (17) transportation; (18) home-based care for seniors, adults, or children; (19) assisted living facilities and nursing homes; (20) professional services, such as legal or accounting services; (21) landscape and pool care; (22) childcare facilities; (23) businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices; (24) pet supply stores; (25) logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers; (25) telecommunications providers; (26) provision of propane or natural gas; (27) office space and administrative support; (28) open construction sites; (29) architectural, engineering, or land surveying services; (30) factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses; (31) waste management services; and (32) any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services.

April 1, 2020:

On March 30, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-89 to restrict public access to businesses and facilities deemed non-essential by Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order 07-20, which was signed on March 19, 2020. The order is in effect for only Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Monroe County.

The Miami-Dade County order deemed the following to be “essential” businesses: (1) healthcare providers; (2) grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other retail stores that sell food and cleaning supplies; (3) food cultivation; (4) businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged; (5) media; (6) gas stations and auto supply; (7) banks and other financial institutions; (8) hardware stores; (9) contractors and other tradesmen who are necessary to maintaining safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures; (10) mailing and shipping; (11) private colleges and schools; (12) laundromats and dry cleaners; (13) restaurants for take-out or delivery; (14) businesses that supply office products necessary to work from home; (15) businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public; (16) businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences; (17) transportation; (18) home-based care for seniors, adults, or children; (19) assisted living facilities and nursing homes; (20) professional services, such as legal or accounting services; (21) landscape and pool care; (22) childcare facilities; (23) businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices; (24) pet supply stores; (25) logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers; (25) telecommunications providers; (26) provision of propane or natural gas; (27) office space and administrative support; (28) open construction sites; (29) architectural, engineering, or land surveying services; (30) factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses; (31) waste management services; and (32) any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services.

At their discretion, these county administrators may determine additional "essential" retail and commercial establishments--or other institutions providing essential services--that shall not be subject to complete closure. This order shall remain in effect until April 15, 2020.

March 31, 2020:

Governor DeSantis announced his intention to issue a safer-at-home order for southern Florida, including Broward, Miami-Date, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. The Order will model Miami-Date County’s safer-at-home order, and is expected to continue through mid-May.

March 30, 2020:

Governor DeSantis announced he would expand a previously issued Executive Order, which requires travelers entering Florida from an area with substantial community spread of the COVID-19 virus, to self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Florida, whichever is shorter. The order directs the establishment of checkpoints to gather information on those travelers entering Florida by roadways. The order previously required self-quarantine for visitors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and now will include travelers from Louisiana.

March 27, 2020:

(Alachua County): Alachua County issued an Amendment to its emergency stay-at-home order and closed all non-essential businesses in the county. Essential businesses include healthcare providers, grocery stores, financial institutions, and telecommunications providers. The amendment takes effect immediately and remains in force upon termination of the state of local emergency, unless terminated sooner.

(Broward & Hillsborough Counties): Broward County’s Emergency Order takes effect at 12:01 am and lasts the duration of the State of Local Emergency unless terminated sooner.

Hillsborough County issued a safer-at-home Order which takes effect at 10:00 pm today, March 27th. The Order encourages citizens to stay home, and defines essential businesses that are exempted from its provisions. The order includes 42 categories of essential businesses, including all working for critical infrastructure as defined by CISA guidelines, which are incorporated into the Order.

(Orange & Osceola Counties): Orange County issued an amendment to its stay at home order, which went into effect at 11:00 pm. The amendment clarifies the scope of necessary activities and the definitions of essential and nonessential businesses. The order expires on April 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm.

Osceola County’s stay at home order goes into effect at 11:00 pm, and expires on April 9, 2020, at 11:00 pm.

(Broward County): Broward County issued an Emergency Order which urges individuals to remain at home and limits the operation of nonessential retail, nonprofit, and commercial business locations. The order takes effect March 27, 2020, and will last through the end of the emergency.

March 26, 2020:

(Orange & Osceola Counties):

Orange County’s stay at home order goes into effect at 11:00 pm.

Osceola County’s stay at home order goes into effect at 11:00pm, and expires on April 9, 2020, at 11:00 pm.

March 25, 2020:

(Miami-Dade County): County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued an Executive Order extending the declaration of a local state of emergency for an additional 7 days, from March 26.

(Orange County): Orange County issued a stay at home order on March 24 that goes into effect Thursday, March 26. The order includes 35 categories of essential businesses, including all working for critical infrastructure as defined by CISA guidelines. Categories include healthcare work, food related businesses, construction and energy related work, suppliers of essential goods, mail, and manufacturing, among others.

(Osceola County): Osceola County also issued a stay at home order that goes into effect Thursday, March 26 and ends on April 9. The order includes 36 categories of essential businesses, including all working for critical infrastructure as defined by CISA guidelines. Categories include healthcare providers, food related businesses, landscaping services, and telecommunications providers.

(Leon County): An order also goes into effect in Leon County today, March 25. The order includes a curfew and prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people, but does not close businesses.

March 24, 2020:

Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order requiring travelers who enter Florida from an area with substantial community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of entry or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. The order takes effect immediately and applies retroactively to travelers who entered Florida in the previous 14 days. Travelers are required to advise Florida individuals with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they have traveled from an area with substantial community spread. Violations of the order are punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment of up to 60 days. The order expires upon termination of the declaration of a state of emergency, unless terminated sooner.

Governor DeSantis also issued an Executive Order requiring the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue public health advisories urging persons at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to stay home, urging those who can work remotely to do so, and urging against social gatherings of 10 or more people. The order takes immediate effect and lasts the duration of the state of emergency, unless otherwise terminated.

(City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County): The city of Miami Beach issued a “Safer At Home” Emergency Order on March 23, 2020 effective today, March 24. The Order defines essential retail and commercial businesses as declared by the Miami-Dade County Declaration of Local State Emergency, which closed all non-essential businesses on March 19, 2020. Essential Businesses under both Orders includes healthcare, grocery and food related services and corporations, media, gas stations, hardware stores, services for safety and sanitation of residences and businesses, mail services, laundry, restaurants offering off-premises dining, professional services, landscape and pool care businesses, all businesses that supply necessary products or support to other essential businesses, among others. At this time, the Miami-Dade Order does not directly require stay-at-home, though non-essential businesses are closed.

March 19, 2020:

Miami Beach Mayor Gelber announced that all hotels in the city must be closed by 11:59 PM on Monday. The city is also implementing a curfew from midnight to 5:00 AM beginning on March 24. County officials stated they are considering county-wide hotel closures.

March 17, 2020:

Governor DeSantis ordered bars and nightclubs in Florida to close for 30 days and directed restaurants to operate at 50% of their maximum capacity

March 16, 2020:

Governor DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program which will provide short-term, interest-free loans up to $50,000 to small businesses experiencing economic injury. The application period runs until May 8, 2020.

March 12, 2020:

The state created a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local business operations.  The survey can be accessed here.

March 1, 2020:

Governor DeSantis signed an executive order directing the state health officer to declare a public health emergency and to take any actions needed to protect the public.

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