Oct 21, 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.
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard
Total cases: 760,389
Resident hospitalizations: 47,352
Resident deaths: 16,105
Non-resident deaths: 20
New daily cases: 3,611
Daily percent positive: 6.11%
Total tests: 5,775,214
Overall percent positive: 13.17%
Florida Division of Emergency Management Daily Report as of Oct. 21, 10am
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Hospital Beds Census and Staffed Availability Crosstabs
On Oct. 21, Florida's Surgeon General and Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Scott Rivkees, announced DOH will conduct a review of all fatalities reported to the state. According to the Department, of the 95 fatalities reported to the state on Oct. 20, 16 had more than a two-month separation between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away, and 11 of the deaths occurred more than a month ago. On Oct. 20, at a press conference in Jacksonville, Governor DeSantis announced that the first wave of rapid tests have been distributed to long term care facilities.
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Florida State Action on COVID-19
Florida Surgeon General Implements Additional Review Process for COVID-19 Fatalities
Dr. Rivkees announced that DOH will conduct a thorough review of all fatalities reported to the state. According to the Department, of the 95 fatalities reported to the state yesterday, 16 had more than a two-month separation between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away, and 11 of the deaths occurred more than a month ago.
First Lady Announces $5 Million Emergency Grant for Crisis Counseling Program
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) received $4,994,530 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a Crisis Counseling Program to help Floridians respond to the behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
District Court sides with state on school reopening order
The First District Court of Appeals overturned the Leon County Circuit Court’s decision on Commissioner Corcoran’s emergency order, in which it had declared the July school reopening order unconstitutional.
Governor extends local government meetings order
Executive Order 20-246 extends EO 20-69, relating to the ability for local government to meet virtually during the pandemic. The order is effective immediately and expires on November 1st.
Governor orders state into Phase 3 of Reopening
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 which moves the state into Phase 3 of Reopening and lifts all remaining state-level restrictions on businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the order prevents cities and counties from closing businesses or collecting fines from pandemic-related mandates, such as mask requirements.
Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Disbursement Plan for Second Round of CARES Act Funding to Counties
Governor DeSantis announced the State of Florida’s plan for the second round of disbursement of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for counties with populations below 500,000. This second round of funding provides an additional $255 million, for a total of $574 million, to these 55 counties.
Governor orders Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 2
Executive Order 20-223 approves Miami-Dade and Broward counties to move into Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Effective Monday, 9/14.
DBPR announces bars will reopen at 50% capacity
Emergency Order 2020-10 by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) rescinds previous EO 2020-09 which ordered bars to shut down. Effective Monday, 9/14, bars may reopen at 50% occupancy.
Florida to start paying Federal Lost Wages Assistance benefits
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida has been approved to provide and has processed three weeks of LWA program benefits to eligible Floridians. This means the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is providing an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants.
Governor orders Palm Beach County to move to Phase 2
Executive Order 20-214 allows Palm Beach County to move to Phase 2 in the “Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.”
Governor extends state of emergency order
State adopts task force recommendations on nursing home reopening
Emergency Order 20-009 by the Florida Division of Emergency Management lifts restrictions for visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), adult family-care homes, adult group homes and other long-term care facilities.
Governor extends deadline for Bright Futures scholarship
Executive Order 20-212 extends the deadline for students graduating in the 2019-20 school year to earn the minimum qualifying SAT or ACT score to earn a Bright Futures scholarship until December 1, 2020.
Governor extends limited version of mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief order
Executive Order 20-211 provides a limited, one-month extension to Executive Order 20-180, which made significant changes to prior versions of the mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief orders.
Governor suspends DBPR alcohol licensing deadlines through 2020
Executive Order 20-210 suspends all renewal deadlines for licenses, registrations, permits, or certificates overseen by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco regarding the manufacturing, sale, or distribution of alcohol. The order is in effect through December 31st.
Governor Announces Florida’s Participation in the Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program
The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program provides additional temporary benefits for individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance for weeks of unemployment ending on or after Aug. 1, 2020. Pending federal approval, this will allow Florida to offer an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants.
Task force recommends opening nursing homes to family visitation
Today the governor’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities issued recommendations on safely reopening nursing homes to visitors. The recommendations are expected to be formalized in an executive order soon.
Judge rules school reopening order is unconstitutional
Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson granted a temporary injunction, siding with the state’s largest teacher’s association in their lawsuit against the state.
Governor announces online self-assessment tool for COVID-19
The online self-audit (FloridaSafeSurvey.com) through the Department of Elder Affairs allows citizens to report and track their behavior related to COVID-19 and results in a Safe Behavior Report and score.
Governor gives live address on school reopenings
Today Governor Ron DeSantis delivered a live address on school reopening and COVID-19. Read the full transcript or watch the video here.
Governor amends EO on local public official meetings
Emergency Order 20-193 amends EO 20-179, an extension of EO-69 on local public official meetings.
Governor Announces Task Force to Explore Re-Opening Long-Term Care Facilities
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the formation of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities. Members of the task force will work together to develop guidelines on how to safely allow family members to visit their loved ones in Florida’s long-term care facilities where visitation has been prohibited since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governors amends restaurant employee screening protocols
Executive Order 20-192 amends Executive Orders 20-68, 20-139, and 20-166, directing the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to require restaurants to follow CDC guidelines on employee screening protocols.
Governor floats policies that would allow for nursing home visits
After months of no visitor contact at nursing homes, Governor Ron DeSantis’s office is forming a committee, which will include Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew, to discuss which policies could be implemented to ensure safe visitation.
Governor announces rapid testing at two Miami sites
Governor Ron DeSantis announced that COVID-19 rapid testing will be available at two state-supported testing sites in Miami-Dade County--Hard Rock Stadium and Marlins Park--starting Wednesday.
Governor gives live address on tropical storm and COVID-19
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered a live address regarding Tropical Storm Isaias and COVID-19. Watch the full video here.
DEM to temporarily close all state-supported testing sites in advance of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine
Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, in anticipation of impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine (soon to be Tropical Storm Isaias).
Governor extends executive order on local government meetings
Executive Order 20-179 extends EO-69 regarding local government public meetings through September 1, 2020.
Governor extends executive order on mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief
Executive Order 20-180 extends EO-94 on mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief through September 1, 2020.
Senate President issues memo on General Revenue collections
President Bill Galvano issues a memo in response to the latest revenue report by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR). In total, the state lost $2.1 billion in the last quarter of 2020, netting an overall loss of $1.9 billion or 5.7 percent from January predictions.
EDR June Revenue Report
Governor Delivers Address Regarding COVID-19 and the Upcoming School Year
In an unusual live address to the state of Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis asked families to not be paralyzed by fear of the virus, but rather to come together for the sake of the next generation, who could be harmed deeply by not returning to school this fall.
Governor Announces $75 Million in Coronavirus Relief Fund Dollars for Property Owners, Renters and Homeowners
Apopka, Fla.- Today, Governor DeSantis announced that the release of $75 million to local governments to assist Floridians in need of rental and mortgage assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the CARES Act, Governor DeSantis made available $250 million, of which $120 million will be sent to local governments to provide rental and mortgage assistance program. The $75 million approved today is the first release of the funding to local governments.
Governor extends state of emergency
Executive Order 20-166 extends EO 20-52, declaring a state of emergency, for an additional 60 days.
Department of Education issues order on reopening K-12 schools
FDOE Emergency Order 2020-EO-06 requires that K-12 schools open brick and mortar schools at least 5 days a week with a full array of services, requires that districts submit plans for how they will reopen and provide continuity of instruction, and creates flexibility in per-student funding. These changes are in effect through the end of the 2020 fall semester.
State extends mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief order
Executive Order 20-159 extends EO 20-94 until August 1, 2020 at 12:01am.
State suspends on-premise alcohol consumption at bars
Emergency Order 2020-09 by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation orders the suspension of alcohol consumption on-premises at bars statewide.
Senate President issues memo regarding EDR’s General Revenue Collection Report
President Bill Galvano issued a memo to all senators today regarding the May General Collection Report released by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR), which reveals a loss to the state of $779.6 million over previous estimates. Together with April, this represents a combined loss of $1.66 billion.
Governor extends order on local government public meetings
Executive Order 20-150 extends EO 20-69 through August 1, 2020
Governor order changes to general, primary elections
Executive Order 20-149 makes a number of changes to the state’s primary and general election, including vote-by-mail canvassing, poll sites, poll workers, and social distancing requirements.
Governor Announces Recommendations to Safely Reopen Florida’s Education System
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced recommendations for local communities to consider as they finalize plans to re-open safe and healthy schools that are set up for success. This plan outlines the nearly $475 million in state directed education financial assistance provided to Florida through the CARES Act.
Governor Announces State of Florida to Begin Disbursement of CARES Act Funds to Counties
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the State of Florida's plan to disburse up to $1.275 billion in CARES Act funds to counties with a population below 500,000. Using a phased approach, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will distribute funds to these counties, beginning with an initial disbursement of 25% of each county’s allocation.
Education Commissioner announces extension on Bright Futures qualifying deadline
DOE 2020-EO-05 partially suspends several statutes and rules relating to qualifications and deadlines required for students to achieve a Bright Futures Scholarship. The deadline to submit SAT/ACT scores is moved from June 30 to July 31.
Governor orders phase two of reopening
Executive Order 20-139 orders the following: restaurants and bars, entertainment businesses such as movie theaters and concert venues, and personal services such as massage parlors may operate at 50% capacity; pari-mutuel facilities may obtain permission to reopen from DBPR; maintains out-of-state travel restrictions with certain exceptions; extends EO 20-69 relating to local government public meetings.
Governor extends mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief order
Executive Order 20-137 extends EO 20-94, regarding mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief, through July 1st.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
Miami-Dade amends reopening order
This amendment clarifies that restaurants and other businesses are subject to the requirements of the countywide curfew, and deletes the requirement that businesses consent to inspections and submit compliance plans after violating this order.
Miami-Dade extends curfew
This order amends Emergency Order 27-20 to extend the Countywide curfew, including incorporated and unincorporated areas, to 12:00 a.m. (midnight) each night through 6:00 a.m. the next morning.
Miami-Dade amends mask requirements
Amendment 2 to EO 20-20 allows masks not to be worn in certain circumstances, including strenuous outdoor physical activity, participation in organized sports, and within religious institutions.
Broward issues further reopening guidelines on gyms, parks, restaurants
Emergency Order 20-27 replaces EO 20-21 and includes attachments 2, 6, 8, 14, and 20.
Miami-Dade amends EO on sports competition, parks
This order amends Emergency Order 29-20 to allow for team competitions in all sports and to clarify that that facial coverings will be required in parks and other outdoor spaces with certain exemptions. Effective as of October 1, 2020.
Miami-Dade amends orders to comply with phase 3 reopening
Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez issued EO 30-20, which conforms local orders to statewide Executive Order 20-244. As such, this order rescinds 01-20, 16-20, and 28-20 as amended, and allows all retail and other facilities to open under the guidance provided in The New Normal.
Exhibit A: The New Normal
Broward issues order reopening bars and restaurants
Emergency Order 20-26 confirms local orders to statewide Executive Order 20-244 by allowing all establishments that serve food and/or alcohol to reopen according to guidelines in Attachment 2.
Attachment 2: All Establishments Serving Food or Alcohol
Broward orders changes to comply with phase 3 reopening
Emergency Order 20-25 amends EO 20-23, regarding reopening status of all other facilities and activities.
See attachments for more information.
Miami-Dade issues amendment to EO 28-20
Miami-Dade issues amendment to EO 29-20
Miami-Dade amends curfew order
Effective September 10, 2020, this amendment allows persons to be out after curfew if they are traveling to or from certain sporting events or religious services.
Palm Beach County begins incremental opening for Phase 2
Emergency Order 2020-24 specifies how Palm Beach County will move into Phase 2 reopening, based on the Governor’s Executive Order, 114-20. Effective September 8th.
Palm Beach County Phase 2 Reopening Plan
Palm Beach County revises orders on food and alcohol consumption
Emergency Order 2020-23 revises an earlier order that restricted operating hours on serving food and/or alcohol for on premises consumption and other business hours. Effective September 4th.
Miami-Dade reopens indoor dining, casinos
Emergency Order 28-20 allows indoor dining restaurants to operate at 50 percent capacity, with up to six people per table, and with windows and doors open. Casinos will also be allowed to re-open, but food and drinks will be prohibited at the gaming tables or slot machines. Effective August 31.
Miami-Dade amends order on hospital data reporting
Amendment 4 to Emergency Order 18-20 reduces the requirement for hospitals to report COVID-19 numbers from twice daily to once daily and no longer requires reporting of certain demographic information. Effective August 29.
Miami-Dade to allow indoor restaurant seating at 50% capacity
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that restaurants can reopen dining rooms at half capacity, starting Monday, August 31.
Broward amends orders on restaurants, short-term rentals
Miami makes exceptions on in-room dining, other orders in the event of a major storm
Amendment No. 3 to EO 26-20 relaxes certain orders in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, such as in-room dining, social distancing in hotels used as shelter, and certain short-term rentals.
Amendment No. 4 to EO 21-20 allows for dogs to be off leash at dog parks
Broward amends orders on private gatherings, short-term rentals, mask requirements
Emergency Order 20-23 makes a number of changes to previous orders, including mask requirements, personal liability on residential property, private gatherings, short-term rentals, and more.
VP Pence announces third phase of vaccine trials in Miami
Yesterday, Vice President Pence announced the start of phase three trials of the Moderna vaccine, which will take place at the University of Miami. This is part of a large-scale effort across the nation, which will include 89 locations and 30,000 participants.
Palm Beach: Judge sides with county on mask mandate
Palm Beach County Judge John Kastrenakes ruled against a motion for temporary injunction against the county’s mask mandate, saying it violates no constitutional rights.
Broward institutes curfew, prohibits gatherings over ten people
Emergency Order 20-22 institutes a curfew of 11pm-5am nightly, prohibits public and private gatherings over 10 people, requires residents, homeowners, landlords and business owners to enforce compliance of mandates (and holds them liable), and more.
Palm Beach Co restricts hours for food, alcohol service
Emergency Order 2020-14 prohibits food and alcohol consumption on-site at restaurants and bars and other venues between the hours of 11pm and 5am. Additionally, certain businesses must close between the hours of 11pm and 5am, including amusement parks, hookah, smoking bars and lounges, banquet halls, and more.
Broward issues revised guidelines on businesses, outdoor activities
Emergency Order 20-21revises how business establishments and other activities must operate, including retail, restaurants, movie theaters, beaches, parks, museums, hotels, golf courses, pools, shot-term rentals, and more. Reopening of pari-mutuels, concert houses, auditoriums, and playhouses are subject to plan approval. Effective Friday, July 10.
Miami-Dade orders more closures, but says yes on gyms and outdoor dining
An amendment to EO 26-20 allows gyms and fitness centers and outdoor dining, but prohibits indoor dining and new short term rentals and requires additional safety measures, such as masks inside gyms and limits tables to four people for outdoor dining.
Miami-Dade closing restaurants, gyms amid coronavirus spike
MIAMI, Fla. – Mayor Jimenez announced today that he will be signing an emergency order to close all restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, short-term rentals, and more to curb rising case numbers, effective Wednesday, July 8.
Miami-Dade closes outdoor amusement facilities, cabarets
Emergency Order 26-20 is amended to include closure of outdoor amusement facilities, adult theaters, special cabarets, and unlicensed massage establishments.
Miami-Dade re-orders curfew
Emergency Order 27-20 imposes a curfew from 10pm to 6am nightly, beginning on July 3rd.
Miami-Dade closes movie theaters, bowling alleys
Emergency Order 26-20 closes movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, indoor amusement facilities, and casinos (except casinos on sovereign tribal land), starting July 3.
City of Jacksonville adopts mandatory mask requirement
Emergency Proclamation 2020-05 orders that all individuals wear masks indoors and in public spaces when social distancing is not possible.
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.
Broward opens beaches, parks with restrictions
Emergency Order 20-14 amends opening procedures to include beaches and parks. Effective June 1.
Miami-Dade opens beaches, pools, hotels starting June 1
Amendment 1 to EO 23-20
Amendment 1 to EO 21-20
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Broward issues order on reopening procedures
Emergency Order 20-10 discusses reopening of businesses in compliance with Governor DeSantis's EO 20-122.
Miami-Dade releases "New Normal Guide" for reopening
The 185 page document includes guidelines for residents as well as specific industries.
Broward County extends declaration of local state of emergency
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.
Miami-Dade amends EO on closure of pools, fitness centers as it relates to professional sports facilities
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.
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
Broward extends state of emergency declaration
Tampa to allow restaurants, retail stores to expand outdoor capacity through 14-day pilot program
Alachua County requires masks in public, updates other emergency policies
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.
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
Miami-Dade adjusts hospital reporting times
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
Miami-Dade extends emergency declaration for 7 days
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Miami-Dade declares a local state of emergency