Jun 1, 2020

Florida State and Local Action on COVID-19

For a complete look at federal and state action related to the coronavirus, visit MWC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facts and Resources website.

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Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

Confirmed cases in FL residents: 55,415
Hospital admissions: 10,190
Total cases: 56,830
Deaths: 2,460
Total tested: 1,022,265

Florida Division of Emergency Management Daily Report as of June 1, 10am
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Florida State Action on COVID-19

June 1

Governor extends mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief order
Executive Order 20-137 extends EO 20-94, regarding mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief, through July 1.

May 27

Governor Announces Florida’s Participation in the USDA’s Pandemic EBT Program
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced federal approval for the implementation of Florida’s Pandemic EBT Program (P-EBT). The program will automatically issue benefits during the month of June to more than 2.1 million children who have temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price school meals during COVID-19-related school closures.

May 22

Governor allows youth activities, summer camps to open
Executive Order 20-131 allows organized youth activities—including youth sports leagues, clubs, daycare, and camps—to operate, effective immediately.

May 15

Governor orders Pasco municipal elections for June 30
Executive Order 20-124 reschedules municipal elections in Pasco County that were previously delayed by executive order due to COVID-19.

Governor opens gyms, retail, and restaurants to 50% capacity
Governor DeSantis announced Friday that Florida can move into the “full phase one” of reopening, including gyms and fitness centers at 50% capacity, as well as restaurants, retail, and museums and libraries. 

May 14

Governor opens Miami-Dade and Broward counties for phase one
Executive Order 20-122 amends EO 20-112 to include Miami-Dade and Broward counties for phase one of reopening, effective May 18th.

Governor extends mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief
Executive Order 20-121 extends EO 20-94 regarding suspension of mortgage foreclosures and evictions through June 2nd.

May 13

Education Commissioner orders more flexibility for schools, teachers
Emergency Order 2020-EO-02 extends deadlines and suspends policies in numerous areas within early learning, K-12, and higher education.

May 9

Governor opens Palm Beach Co. for phase 1, allows salons, barber shops to open statewide
Executive Order 20-120 allows cosmetology salons and barbershops to open beginning May 11th under social distancing guidelines by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Additionally, Palm Beach County is able to participate in phase one of reopening.

May 8

Governor extends emergency order for 60 more days
Executive Order 120-114 extends EO 120-51, the original declaration of state of emergency for Florida regarding COVID-19.

May 4

DeSantis Announces Investigation Into State's 'Connect' Online Unemployment System
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - At a Monday news conference, DeSantis gave a detailed progress report on efforts to improve the site, but said there are 900,000 pending claims that have not been processed. DeSantis also announced that he has asked his chief inspector general, Melinda Miguel, to investigate the original deal, which spiked from $40 million to $78 million and was amended 14 times, according to the governor. View the Governor’s presentation here.

Coronavirus antibody tests to begin across Florida, Gov. DeSantis says
ORLANDO, Fla. - The state just received its first shipment of 200,000 coronavirus antibody tests, which Gov. DeSantis says will be distributed to hospitals to test health care workers, as well as some drive-through testing sites and possibly walk-up sites for residents.

April 29

Governor orders phase one of reopening
Executive Order 20-112 orders the first phase of reopening the state—with the exception of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties—which includes allowing restaurants and retail to open on a restricted basis. Bars, nightclubs, and gyms remain closed.

Governor extends stay at home, vacation rental ban through May 4th
Executive Order 20-111 extends the orders on essential services and vacation rentals until May 4th, at which time EO 20-112 will go into effect.

April 18

Governor closes K-12 schools for remainder of school year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During a press conference Saturday, Governor DeSantis announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year and that students will continue to use distance learning.

April 16

Governor relaxes requirements for unemployment assistance
Emergency Order 20-104 suspends the bi-weekly reporting requirement by claimants of unemployment assistance that they are “actively seeking work” during the COVID-19 emergency.

President Galvano sends memo on fiscal update for the state
In this memo, Senate President Bill Galvano discusses Florida’s share of federal funds inside the CARE Act as well as what information the state will be looking at to determine the health of Florida’s economy during this crisis and as we recover.

April 15

Governor discusses new task force, announces unemployment program moving to DMS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor DeSantis says a new task force being created to advise on opening the economy back up will focus on everything from agriculture and tourism to K-12 education, and he expects to announce members this week. Additionally, DeSantis announced he is moving the unemployment assistance program from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to the Department of Management Services (DMS), which acts as the administrative arm of the state.

April 10

State requests waiver to allow SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On April 10, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) requested a federal waiver to permit the State of Florida to launch a pilot project that will allow Florida families to purchase groceries online with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Governor extends vacation rental ban
Executive Order 20-103 extends the vacation rental ban (EO 20-87) through April 30th.

Governor announces loosened testing restrictions; more daily testing coming next week

April 8

Governor suspends Pasco County municipal elections
Executive Order 20-97 orders the suspension of the April 14, 2020 elections in San Antonio, Dade City, and Zephyrhills.

April 6

Supreme Court issues emergency procedures for state courts
Administrative Order 20-23 directs judges and court personnel to maintain workflow by using technology to the maximum extent possible. All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials remain suspended.

Governor suspends doc stamp taxes for federal funds
Executive Order 20-95 directs the Florida Department of Revenue to issue an emergency order suspending the collection of doc stamp taxes for moneys businesses receive under the CARES Act SBA loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program.

April 2

Governor suspends action on foreclosure, eviction
Executive Order 20-94 suspends statutes providing for a mortgage foreclosure cause of action and eviction cause of action for 45 days.

Governor orders state agency workers to help DEO with reemployment assistance
Executive Order 20-93 directs agencies to have all available state personnel temporarily assist the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), to make alternate application formats available, and to immediately procure the necessary services to address problems with the current reemployment assistance program known as CONNECT.

President Galvano releases memo on fiscal update for Florida
President Galvano discusses Florida’s $2 billion in reserves and the expectation that the state will not need to adjust the current year budget, but that legislators will likely return to Tallahassee in fiscal year 2020-21 in order to appropriate federal funds.

April 1

Governor amends safer-at-home order
Executive Order 20-92 amends order 20-91 to note that the statewide order supersedes any conflicting local order.

Governor issues statewide safer-at-home order
Executive Order 20-91 requires that Florida residents stay home unless engaging in essential services or activities, with specific reference to federal “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” version 2.0

March 31

Governor orders beaches in Palm Beach County, Broward remain closed
Executive Order 20-90 requires all beaches remain closed in the counties of Palm Beach and Broward.

March 30

Education Commissioner extends school closure through May 1st
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On a call with district superintendents, Commissioner Richard Corcoran advised that districts should remain closed through May 1st. All districts were required to have their distance learning plans implemented as of today.

Governor asks South Florida residents to stay home
Executive Order 20-89 directs all residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to stay home, in order to create consistency for the region.

Governor makes changes to FRS for recent retirees
Executive Order 20-88 waives certain requirements for recent retirees who are in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) if they are working in response to COVID-19.

March 27

Governor prohibits vacation rentals, implements checkpoints for travelers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis is suspending any new reservations for vacation rentals for the next 14 days. He’s also stated that checkpoints will be set up on roads coming into the state and travelers from certain regions may be turned away. Additionally, Louisiana will be added to the states requiring mandatory quarantine for air travelers.

March 26

Governor allows telehealth, immunizations for state group health insurance
Executive Order directs DMS to amend state employee health plan benefits to include telehealth services at no additional cost and to waive costs for influenza vaccinations, effective immediately.

March 24

Governor directs Surgeon General to issue public health advisories
Executive Order 20-83 directs Surgeon General Rivkees to issue public health advisories to those 65 and older or anyone who has underlying medical conditions, warning of the dangers of gathering in groups of 10 or more, and asking people to work from home when feasible.

Governor expands on New York area quarantine requirement
Executive Order 20-82 adds anyone who is covered by this order must inform anyone they have contact with in the last 21 days of their travel to prevent community spread.

March 23

Governor orders 14 day quarantine for all New York area travelers
Executive Order 20-80 requires any air travelers to Florida from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) must be screened upon arrival and quarantined for 14 days.

March 20

Governor orders prohibition on elective and non-emergency surgeries
Executive Order 20-72 directs physicians and healthcare professionals to stop performing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures which, if delayed, would not harm patients.

Governor orders closure of all gyms and fitness centers statewide; prohibits food and alcohol consumption on-premises
Executive Order 20-71 directs all gyms and fitness centers to close statewide. Additionally, it requires all food and alcohol sold in restaurants be consumed off-premises.

Governor orders movie theatres, bowling alleys, gyms and in more to close in Broward and Palm Beach counties
Executive Order 20-70 directs all movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches to close in Broward County and Palm Beach County.

Governor creates flexibility for local governments to meet virtually
Executive Order 20-69 suspends the requirement that municipal governing bodies have a quorum in person or meet at a specific location to take action and allows municipal governing bodies to meet via telecommunications.

March 19

Florida lawmakers approve $25 million for direct costs to contain coronavirus
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legislators came back to Tallahassee Thursday to sign the state budget. Now it heads to the Governor’s desk.

Florida state offices ordered closed to public as infections in Florida rise
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Department of Management Services' (DMS) new policy requires a state-issued employee ID badge to enter the offices of the Departments of Children and Families, Education, Health, and others at least until April 19.

March 17

Governor DeSantis requests that schools remain closed through April 15th
All PreK-12 school testing canceled this year and no school grades.

Governor DeSantis orders all bars, nightclubs, breweries to close for 30 days
Restaurants restricted to no more than 50% capacity. Groups are limited to 10 people at restaurants, beaches, and patrons must distance themselves by at least 6 feet.

Gov. DeSantis calls for Florida universities to do online classes through rest of spring semester
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says all state universities will continue online classes only through the remainder of the spring semester.

CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation a national emergency. This bold action enables the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive certain requirements in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP under Section 1135 authority. This includes the ability to grant state and territorial Medicaid agencies a wider range of flexibilities, and states may now submit Section 1135 waiver requests for CMS approval that will remove administrative burdens and expand access to needed services. Shortly after the President’s declaration, Florida became the first state to submit a Section 1135 waiver request in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.  

March 16

Governor Ron DeSantis Thanks Legislature for Taking Swift Action to Make Nearly $28 Million in Federal Funds Available for COVID-19 Response
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis thanked members of the Florida Legislature for providing the necessary resources to address the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19. The Legislature’s action will support the Florida Department of Health’s ability to receive new funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens tomorrow, March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020.

Surgeon General Rivkees issues emergency order DOH 20-002
Allows health care professionals licensed in any U.S. state or territory to practice in Florida, including telehealth, for 30 days.

March 14

Governor DeSantis announces a ban on visiting nursing homes for 30 days to slow coronavirus spread
TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Ron DeSantis, while contending that many Florida residents are not at risk of getting the coronavirus, announced on Saturday a 30-day ban on visits to nursing homes as he acknowledged that the virus is spreading through some communities.

March 13

Governor DeSantis announces all Florida public schools to close for 2 weeks to limit coronavirus spread
TAMPA, Fla. - Public schools across Florida will be closed for two weeks to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Florida Department of Education announced Friday evening that all schools would be shut down for the weeks of March 16-20 and March 23-27.

March 12

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations.

Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) Provides Guidance to Florida Securities Professionals Regarding COVID-19
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) today provided guidance to Florida’s securities professionals regarding the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) Provides Guidance to Florida State-Chartered Financial Institutions Regarding COVID-19
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) today provided informational guidance to Florida’s financial institutions regarding the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

March 9

Governor DeSantis issues Executive Order No. 20-52 which designates the Director of the Division of Emergency Management as the State Coordinating Officer for COVID-19

March 1

Governor DeSantis issues Executive Order 20-51
Directs Surgeon General Rivkees to declare a public health emergency to better equip Florida with the resources needed to handle this public health threat

Florida Local Action on COVID-19

May 31

Miami-Dade opens public pools, banquet halls
Emergency Order 24-20 orders that public pools may open along with banquet halls. This EO cancels numerous previous orders relating to closure or restrictions on beaches, pools, parks, and more. 

May 29

Broward opens beaches, parks with restrictions
Emergency Order 20-14 amends opening procedures to include beaches and parks. Effective June 1. 

May 27

Miami-Dade opens beaches, pools, hotels starting June 1
Amendment 1 to EO 23-20
Amendment 1 to EO 21-20

May 22

Broward opens beaches, gyms, commercial lodgings
Emergency Order 20-13 allows beaches, gyms, and hotels to open, and eases restrictions on pools and other amenities. Effective May 26.

Miami Beach orders phase one re-opening procedures, including beaches, by June 1
While the emergency orders are effective May 23rd, the document delineates different phases within the phase one guidelines; this includes museums opening May 20, restaurants reopening May 27, and beaches on June 1.

May 21

Broward amends reopening procedures, includes guidelines for residents and businesses
Emergency Order 20-12 amends reopening procedures and includes guidelines for businesses and residents which can be found in 12 separate attachments.

May 18

Jacksonville Mayor says city offices will be open by June
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayor Lenny Curry announced Monday that most city offices are set to open by June 1.

May 17

Florida Keys to reopen to visitors June 1
Beginning June 1st, checkpoints will be removed and airport screenings and bus restrictions will be lifted to allow tourists back into the Keys. Hotels will be allowed to open at 50% occupancy.

May 16

Palm Beach Co. requires face masks on Palm Tran, recommends them elsewhere

Palm Beach Co. opens parks, marinas, golf courses, with exceptions

Palm Beach Co. opens beaches, effective May 18

City of Fort Lauderdale issues guidelines for full phase one reopening

May 15

Miami-Dade issues order on phase one reopening
Emergency Order 23-20 directs residents and businesses to comply with the guidance laid out in the New Normal handbook and in accordance with recent executive orders by Governor DeSantis, effective May 18th.

May 14

Broward issues order on reopening procedures
Emergency Order 20-10 discusses reopening of businesses in compliance with Governor DeSantis's EO 20-122. 

May 13

Miami-Dade releases "New Normal Guide" for reopening
The 185 page document includes guidelines for residents as well as specific industries. 

May 11

Broward County extends declaration of local state of emergency

May 9

Palm Beach County readies for phase one opening
In addition to restaurants, retail, and salons opening, the county will open all beaches by May 18 and effective May 11, all Palm Tran riders are required to wear facial coverings.

May 8

Miami-Dade amends EO on closure of pools, fitness centers as it relates to professional sports facilities

May 7

Broward revamps phased re-opening procedures
Emergency Order 20-09 replaces sections of EO 20-08 re: status of beaches, boat docks and marinas, parks, golf courses, social distancing guidelines, and more.

May 6

Miami-Dade orders residential health care facilities report COVID-19 data
Emergency Order 22-20 requires all residential health care facilities—upon request—to provide specific data regarding COVID-19 cases among patients and staff.

Miami-Dade extends state of emergency declaration

May 5

Broward extends state of emergency declaration

Tampa to allow restaurants, retail stores to expand outdoor capacity through 14-day pilot program

May 3

Alachua County requires masks in public, updates other emergency policies

April 28

Broward opens parks, boat ramps with restrictions
Emergency Order 20-08 orders opening of parks, pools, marinas, boat ramps, and other recreational amenities on a limited basis.

April 27

Miami Mayor announces phased reactivation plan to get residents, businesses back to normal

Broward County Officials Announce Phased Re-Opening of Parks, Recreation Facilities

Fort Lauderdale Community Leaders Draft Plan for Reopening

Jacksonville Mayor says no timetable for reopening, but businesses should prepare

Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force Begins Meeting Tuesday

April 25

Miami-Dade adjusts hospital reporting times

April 16

Jacksonville opens beaches, parks with restrictions
Starting 5pm Friday, Duval County beaches will open from 6am-11am and 5pm-8pm daily for essential activities only. No beach chairs, coolers, or grills allowed. Parks will be open normal hours with restrictions. The prohibition on public gatherings over 50 is still in effect.

Hillsborough County rescinds curfew order amid confusion, encourages use of face masks

April 15

Miami-Dade extends emergency declaration for 7 days

April 14

Leon County reinstates nightly curfew, 11pm to 5am, effective Wednesday

Tampa Mayor announces crisis relief fund for residents
TAMPA, Fla. - Today, Mayor Jane Castor announced the One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together fund and its first relief plan in partnership with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and The Tampa Bay Chamber. This initial relief fund will provide direct rent, mortgage, or utility payments for one month, up to $1250 for eligible individuals and families, and $5000 for businesses.

St. Pete closing tennis courts, dog parks; expanding relief fund
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Mayor Kriseman announced additional closures of public gathering places, including tennis courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, and skate parks. He also announced a second phase of grant funding through the city’s Fighting Chance Fund.

April 13

Hillsborough enacts overnight curfew, vote Thursday to require masks
TAMPA, Fla. – Effective immediately, all residents must be inside their homes from 9pm to 5am daily. The county’s Emergency Policy Group will take a formal vote on Thursday, April 16th, on Mayor Jane Castor’s idea to require everyone wear face masks when conducting essential business.

April 10

Broward requires face masks when obtaining essential services
Emergency Order 20-07 requires essential workers to wear masks in public and for the public to wear masks when obtaining essential services.

April 9

Miami-Dade requires face masks inside stores, essential businesses
Emergency Order 20-20 requires use of face masks for anyone working at or visiting grocery stores, pharmacies, or using public transit, rideshare, and more.

Broward amends non-essential business orders
Emergency Order 2020-06 amends the non-essential business closure requirements pursuant to the Governor’s Exec. Order 20-91 and Miami-Dade Emergency Order 07-20.

Miami-Dade issues amendment to EO 14-20 regarding building code inspection services

April 4

Miami-Dade asks residents to wear masks outside the home
Emergency Order 19-20 encourages all resident to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines, including cloth masks, when outside their home. Effective immediately.

Miami-Dade orders mandatory twice-daily reporting by hospitals
Emergency Order 18-20 requires each hospital to report on a daily basis by 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., the following information stated in this order to the County, which includes data on general acute beds, ICU beds, ventilators, and more. Effective April 4th at 11:59 p.m.

April 3

Broward closes pools, hot tubs; requires social distancing at essential businesses
Emergency Order 20-05 requires social distancing at all essential businesses or when engaging in essential activities, and closure of all pools, pool decks, hot tubs, golf courses, tennis courts, gyms, fitness centers, etc whether commercial or not. Effective April 4th.

April 2

Miami-Dade orders changes for restaurants, closes salad bars
Emergency Order 17-20 orders essential commercial and retail establishments that provide unpackaged food for consumption to limit capacity and monitor entrances and exits in areas where food is sold. Also orders closing of salad bars, self-serve food stations (except pre-packaged grab and go items) and encourages sanitary practices for employees and customers.

April 1

Miami-Dade extends state of emergency
Emergency Order 16-20 extends the declaration of local state of emergency for seven days, beginning on April 1.  
Amendment to EO 16-20

March 31

Miami-Dade bans access of common use amenities including pools, golf courses
Emergency Order 15-20 requires all common use amenities, whether commercial or non-commercial, to close temporarily. These include pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, golf courses, and more.

March 30

Jacksonville halts new hotel reservations
Emergency Order 2020-4 prohibits hotels from accepting new reservations except from “essential lodgers.” This does not apply to vacation rentals.

City of Miami requests condos make changes to prevent social spread
Miami is urging condominium homeowners associations and management companies to close common areas and amenities, drain pools, move to virtual meetings, and perform extensive cleaning.

Broward issues EO 20-04, which updates stay at home order regarding boats, real estate activities

March 28

Miami-Dade relaxes requirements for county employees
Emergency Order 14-20 suspends all laws, statutes, codes, and regulations relating to county employees performing building code functions and adopts emergency procedures for construction moving forward.

March 27

Miami-Dade asks essential businesses to enforce social distancing
Emergency Order 13-20 requires essential businesses to make all efforts to maintain social distancing, such as using visible markers to keep residents six feet away from each other.

March 26

Hillsborough County issues “safer at home” order
The emergency order directs residents to stay at home as much as possible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, except for engaging in essential activities.

Broward issues “safer at home” order
Emergency Order 20-03 directs residents to shelter-in-place, with the exception of engaging in essential activities, effective March 27.

March 25

Pinellas County issues “safer at home” order
The emergency order asks residents to stay home except for engaging in essential activities, effective March 26 at 12pm.

Miami-Dade urges older residents, those with medical issues to stay home
Emergency Order 11-20 urges persons over 65 years of age or who have a serious underlying medical condition to stay home and take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

March 24

City of Miami orders residents to shelter-in-place
Emergency Order 20-04 asks residents to stay at home unless they are seeking goods and services from essential retail and commercial establishments.

Miami-Dade prohibits public gatherings of 10 or more
Emergency Order 10-20 prohibits groups more than 10 people from gathering in public. Lists specific and essential service exemptions.

Orange County issues “Stay at Home” order
Emergency Order 2020-04 directs residents to stay at home, ordering all non-essential retail and commercial businesses to close and all residents to stay home from non-essential travel, with exceptions, effective March 26th at 11pm.

Leon County issues stay at home at home order and curfew of 11pm to 5am
Issued jointly by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, the order asks that residents stay at home with the exception of traveling to work, outdoor recreational activities, and going to the grocery store, effective March 25th. Police have the authority to disperse groups of 10 or more.

March 23 

Miami Beach issues “safer-at-home” order
Emergency Order 3-23-20 directs all residents to stay at home, effective March 24th. Exceptions include engaging in essential retail and commercial activities, attending religious services, outdoor recreational activities, and more, so long as residents maintain social distancing efforts.

Broward County closes libraries, parks, and makes changes to public transportation
Emergency Order 20-02 indicates that libraries are already closed as of March 19th and requires all parks to close and certain social distancing changes to go into effect for public transportation as of March 24th.

Alachua County issues shelter-in-place and closure of non-essential businesses
Emergency Order 20-09 requires that all non-essential business and operations must cease. All places of public assembly are closed to the public. People should not leave their homes except for essential activity.

Jacksonville asks businesses to allow employees to work from home
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayor Lenny Curry asks businesses to allow their employees to work from home, if at all possible. This goes into effect Tuesday morning, March 24th at 8am.

March 22

Broward County closes all non-essential businesses
Emergency Order 20-01 directs all non-essential retail and commercial business to close down, effective March 23rd. This does not apply to healthcare providers and public health operations, grocery stores, banks, transportation operations, childcare centers, and more.

Palm Beach County orders all marinas, boat ramps closed
Emergency Order 1 requires all boat ramps, marinas, and boat docks to close. Prohibits public use of any islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands. Exception for commercial fishing operations.
Amendment to EO 1

March 21

Miami-Dade prohibits new reservations on hotels, AirBnB
Emergency Order 09-20 says hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals and other commercial lodging establishments shall not accept new reservations for persons other than essential lodgers.
Amendment to EO 09-20

Miami Dade prohibits all rafting
Emergency Order 08-20 prohibits all rafting, i.e. watercraft tied together in close proximity, except in the case of rescuing passengers or towing an inoperable boat.

March 20

Jacksonville closing all Duval County beaches
Mayor Lenny Curry along with Beaches’ Mayors direct all Duval County beaches to close, effective 5pm Friday.

Orange County issues a curfew of 11pm to 5am
Emergency Order 2020-03 directs residents to stay at home between the hours of 11pm and 5am daily, effective March 20th.

March 19

Pinellas County moves to close beaches for two weeks
TAMPA, Fla. – Amid growing concerns of coronavirus, Pinellas County Commissioners vote to close beaches for two weeks, starting at 11:59pm Friday.

City Of Jacksonville Adds COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site In Collaboration With Baptist Health And Telescope Health

Miami-Dade County Mayor orders all non-essential retail and commercial businesses to close
Effective 9 p.m. Thursday. Does not apply to businesses that provide food, shelter, healthcare, social services, business supplies, or childcare centers who are now under certain restrictions.
Amendment to EO 07-20
Amendment 2 to EO 07-20
Amendment 3 to EO 07-20

Miami-Dade Mayor closes all parks and beaches
Emergency Order 06-20 requires all beaches, parks, and recreational centers—publicly or privately owned—to close.
Amendment to EO 06-20
Amendment 2 to EO 06-20
Amendment 3 to EO 06-20

March 18

City of Tampa announces all public beaches closed

Clearwater City Commission votes to close all beaches for two weeks starting March 23rd

City of Tampa to Launch Tampa Recovery Hotline for Social Recovery and Business Relief in the face of COVID-19

March 17

Miami-Dade issues emergency orders closing all restaurant dining rooms (takeout and delivery only) and all bars, bowling alleys, movie theaters, gyms, fitness studios.

Miami Beach issues emergency order closing all public beaches and parks, sidewalk cafes, and city parking lots and garages
Curfew is in effect from 12pm to 5am. All restaurants, bars, pubs, breweries are closed for dining room service (takeout and delivery only). All movie theaters, arcades, live performances, gyms, and fitness centers are closed. All other non-essential businesses shall close by 10pm

Ft. Lauderdale announces all public gatherings more than 10 people are prohibited
All bars, pubs, night clubs shall close. All gyms and fitness studios shall close. All restaurants shall end dine-in customer service (takeout and delivery only). All beaches, city parks and recreational facilities are closed. All city commission meetings, public board meetings, sports leagues, and HOA meetings are postponed.

Town of Palm Beach orders curfew from 9pm to 6am
All public beaches and recreation facilities are closed.

March 16

Jacksonville Orders Establishments to Limit Attendance to no more than 50 people
Mayor Lenny Curry orders many establishments — including bars, restaurants, movie theaters and churches — to limit attendance to no more than 50 people as of 5 p.m. Monday.

City of St. Pete orders prohibition on public assemblies of larger than 50 people
Restaurants, bars, theaters, stadiums, bowling allies, athletic fields, arenas, gyms, and fitness centers must operate at no more than 50% capacity beginning March 17th.

City of Orlando announces all city-sponsored or hosted events with more than 10 people are canceled

South Florida Cities Announce Sweeping Restrictions
South Florida cities—including Miami, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Hallandale—announce sweeping restrictions on bars/restaurants, curfews, canceled public events, and beach closures.

Tampa and St. Pete limit restaurants and bars to 50% capacity
Tampa bars and restaurants must close by 10pm; last call for alcohol in St. Pete is 9 p.m.

St. Pete joins other local governments in allowing city employees to work from home

March 12

Miami-Dade declares a local state of emergency