Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.

Governor DeSantis' Plan to Re-open Florida

Phase 2: Effective June 5, 2020 Executive Order 20-139 instates "Phase 2" of the statewide Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step plan for re-opening Florida. Superseding Phase 1 that went into effect May 18, 2020 by Executive Order 20-123 of the statewide Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step plan for re-opening Florida. The Florida Department of Health encourages residents to continue to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. COVID-19 is still spreading in the community. Face coverings will slow the spread and help people who may have COVID-19 and do not know it from transmitting the virus to others. See the Do's & Don'ts of face covering use.

See our Guide to Open Businesses/Services in Florida and the Hillsborough Back to Business Toolkit for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you re-open?

The CDC has provided guidance for businesses and workplaces on how they can plan, prepare, and respond in regards to re-opening responsibly.

For Communities of Faith, the CDC has provided Interim Guidance.

The purpose of the tools below is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. For more information, please visit the CDC website.

Re-opening Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting

The CDC has provided guidance for the cleaning & disinfecting of public spaces in preparation for the re-opening. In addition to observing guidance from state & local authorities, the following 3 step plan to clean and disinfect has been recommended:

  1. Develop Your Plan
    1. Determine what needs to be cleaned: Areas unoccupied for 7 or more days need only routine cleaning. Maintain existing cleaning practices for outdoor areas.
    2. Determine how areas will be disinfected: Consider the type of surface and how often the surface is touched. Prioritize disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
    3. Consider the resources & equipment needed: Keep in mind the availability of cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for cleaners and disinfectants
  2. Implement
    1. Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water prior to disinfection.
    2. Use the appropriate cleaning or disinfectant product: Use an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19, and read the label to make sure it meets your needs.
    3. Always follow the directions on the label: The label will include safety information and application instructions. Keep disinfectants out of the reach of children.
  3. Maintain & Revise
    1. Continue routine cleaning & disinfection: Continue or revise your plan based upon appropriate disinfectant and PPE availability. Dirty surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. Routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily.
    2. Maintain safe practices such as frequent handwashing, using cloth face coverings, and staying home if you are sick
    3. Continue practices that reduce the potential for exposure: Maintain social distancing, staying six feet away from others. Reduce sharing of common spaces and frequently touched objects

Utilize the CDC's Cleaning & Disinfecting Tool to determine your plan.


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General


Pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-139 , all counties in Florida except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may enter Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery effective June 5, 2020. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties may seek approval to enter Phase 2 with a written request from the County Mayor, or if no mayor, the County Administrator.
The executive order for Phase 2 (20-139) is effective from 12:01 a.m. on June 5, 2020, until further notice. All Florida counties except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may enter Phase 2. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties may seek approval to enter Phase 2 with a written request from the County Mayor, or if no mayor, the County Administrator.
  • RESTAURANTS may continue operating at 50% indoor seating capacity and full capacity outdoors with appropriate social distancing. Restaurants may allow bar-top seating.
  • BARS, PUBS AND TAVERNS may operate at 50 percent seating capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Patrons may only receive service if seated.
    On June 26th, 2020 the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Emergency Order suspended suspend alcohol sales for on-premise consumption at bars state-wide. Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises in accordance with Executive Order 20- 7 I, Sections I and 2.
  • GYMS may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization.
  • RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES may operate at full capacity if permitted by local governments.
  • PROFESSIONAL SPORTS VENUES may remain open and continue operating for games, events, competitions and training.
  • AMUSEMENT PARKS may re-open if they submit a re-opening plan to the State. The plan must have already received approval from the county.
  • ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs and childcare, may operate. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may also operate. (See Executive Order 20-131 for additional information).
  • ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESSES, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • BARBER SHOPS AND COSMETOLOGY SALONS (hair and nails) may continue operating while adhering to safety protocols. Additional guidance for barber shops and cosmetology salons is available on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website.
  • PERSONAL SERVICES BUSINESSES, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health. Additional guidance regarding personal care services is available on the Florida Department of Health website.
  • HOSPITALS may continue to conduct elective surgeries provided they have adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and abide by safety protocols. HOSPITALS are required to test all individuals for COVID-19 before being discharged to long-term care facilities.
  • LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES are required to transfer residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 if the facility is not equipped for appropriate care. When Department of Health testing takes place at a facility, all facility staff members are required to submit to COVID testing as well.
  • COUNTIES MAY SEEK APPROVAL TO OPERATE VACATION RENTALS by submitting a written request and a county vacation rental safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
  • PARI-MUTUEL FACILITIES may seek to operate with a written request from the County Mayor, or if no mayor, the county administrator. The request should be submitted to DBPR for approval.
  • INDIVIDUALS OVER 65 OR WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • ALL PERSONS in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.
Effective May 18, 2020, all Florida counties were permitted to enter Full Phase 1 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Phase 2 applies to all counties in Florida except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach and is effective beginning Friday, June 5, 2020. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may seek approval to enter Phase 2 with a written request from the County Mayor, or if no mayor, the County Administrator. For additional information on what’s new in Phase 2, please review the presentation provided by Governor Ron DeSantis provided on June 3, 2020.
No
Nightclubs remain closed during Phase 2.
The Executive Order 20-139 for Phase 2 is effective from 12:01 a.m. on June 5, 2020, until further notice.
Phase 2 is in effect in all counties except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, until further notice.

Medical



All medical services, including dental offices and other health care practitioners’ offices, may continue to operate. As a condition of resuming elective procedures, hospitals are required to assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in their efforts to protect the vulnerable.

Hospitals, surgery centers and other medical facilities must maintain adequate bed capacity and PPE. They must also have the capacity to immediately convert additional surgical and intensive care beds in a surge situation and must not have received or sought any additional federal, state or local government assistance regarding PPE after resuming elective procedures.

No, those restrictions remain in place during Phase 2 with conditions set by the for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
No. Individuals over 65 or with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Schools



The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has been working diligently with Florida school districts, colleges, career and technical centers and early learning centers to develop recommendations for the 2020-2021 school year. FDOE will have further recommendations in the coming weeks. Visit the Florida Department of Education’s website for additional information.

Florida’s state universities developed a task force to create a framework to re-open Florida’s campuses in the fall and universities will present their plans on June 23, 2020. Visit the State University System of Florida’s website for additional information.

Travel



Yes. Travelers from the New York Tri-State area must continue to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Florida, unless travelers meet the emergency, commercial or education activity exceptions. See Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82 for additional information.

Business



Restaurants will be allowed to re-open, with full outdoor seating. Indoor seating will be allowed at 50 percent of building capacity. Restaurants may allow bar-top seating. Patrons may only receive service if seated. On-site sale and retail businesses will be allowed to operate at 50 percent occupancy. Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation may re-open as part of Phase 1 of the re-opening plan.

If your business is open, it may remain open and should continue appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures. Also, any activity or work that has been available under the previous order remains available. Businesses should adopt appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures.

Nightclubs remain closed during Phase 2.

Yes, all businesses are encouraged to provide delivery or pickup and to take orders online or by telephone.

Regulated businesses should adhere to agency guidance . Additionally, businesses should consult with the most up-todate guidance from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Review the requirements of the following Governor’s Executive Orders:

Also, review any guidance that has been provided from state and federal regulatory agencies including:

For restaurants, employee protocols remain in place under the Governor's Executive Order. Other businesses should adopt appropriate measures based on CDC guidance.

The Governor’s Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks, however, DBPR guidance for barbershops and cosmetology salons does require masks for those licensed employees while performing personal services. Additionally, Department of Health guidance requires masks for tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments for licensed employees or employees of licensed facilities.

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Yes, enforcement penalties remain in place including a second-degree misdemeanor with a fine up to $500. Certain regulated businesses may face enforcement action for violations from their regulatory agency.

Individuals should travel only to businesses that have been open or are now re-opened.

Local and state law enforcement continue to enforce Executive Orders, along with the regulatory agencies that oversee businesses.

Effective May 11, 2020, cosmetology salon, cosmetology speciality salon or barbershops may re-open following the guidelines stated in Executive Order 20-120. Holders of the following state-issued barber or cosmetology licenses may provide services at establishments that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures directed in Executive Order 20-120: Barber; Restricted Barber; Cosmetologist; Nail Specialist; Facial Specialist; Full Specialist; Hair Braider; Hair Wrapper; and Body Wrapper. These license holders are permitted to perform the barbering or cosmetology services as authorized by their respective license or registration.


Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons:

  • All customers will be by appointment only.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
  • No group appointments are permitted.
  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services

Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

Barbershops and salons must manage capacity of the premises based on an appointment-only schedule and must allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices. Barbershops and salons should take necessary action to limit gatherings in waiting areas prior to and following appointments to the extent necessary to promote appropriate social distancing. Barbershops and salons are encouraged to adopt means of limiting patrons waiting for appointments, such as calling patrons from a waiting vehicle or outdoor waiting area once an available service station is cleaned, prepared, and ready for service of the next patron.

Barbershops and salons should remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items, such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas. These businesses should take necessary action to limit gatherings of patrons in waiting areas to the extent necessary to promote appropriate social distancing.

See more Executive Order 20-120 FAQs for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons owners and license holders.

Note: This does not include holders of a barbering or cosmetology license located in Broward or Miami-Dade counties.

An amusement park reopening plan is required by the State of Florida for all amusement parks to submit to the State as it continues to implement the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan.  Learn more about how to submit a plan in Hillsborough County.

Activities



Executive Order 20-120 allows barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation to re-open on May 11 2020, as part of Phase 1 of the re-opening plan.


Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons:

  • All customers will be by appointment only.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
  • No group appointments are permitted.
  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services

Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

Yes. Individuals should continue to practice appropriate social distancing.

Visitation to long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, continues to be prohibited.

Yes, if consistent with social distancing guidelines as published by the CDC.
Professional sporting events and sports teams are welcome in Florida and may open and operate for games, events, competitions and training. Floridians are encouraged to reach out to the entity or organization hosting a professional sporting event for additional information.

Yes. Any building or venue that is open should continue to follow appropriate social distancing and sanitization procedures. The Florida Department of Health encourages them to follow CDC guidance specific to faith organizations.

Yes, in certain counties. Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals by submitting a written request and county vacation rental safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Many counties have approved plans in place. Visit DBPR’s website for additional information.

Hillsborough County has been approved to operate vacation rentals, permitted pursuant to the County’s safety plan.

Florida State Parks have started re-opening for day use with access to trails, limited camping and some beach access with limited facilities. Visit the Florida State Parks website for additional information.
Yes.
Museums and libraries may operate at full capacity if permitted by local governments.
Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs and childcare. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may also operate. See Executive Order 20-131 for additional information.

Local Governance and Enforcement



Yes.
Restrictions on business are enforceable by the appropriate regulatory agency and/or local law enforcement.
Local law enforcement.
No. Some businesses may wish to provide a letter to employees to clarify that their business is indeed an open service..

Pursuant to DBPR Emergency Order 2020-09 (effective June 26, 2020), the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises is suspended for all licensed alcoholic beverage vendors who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Notwithstanding this restriction of sales for on-premises consumption, such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises in accordance with Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2.

Establishments that do not have a food service license under Chapt. 509, Fla.Stat., may not serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. However, they may sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for off-premises consumption.

Establishments that do have a food service license per Chapter 509, Fla. Stat., may continue to serve food and alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption with:

  • Limit indoor capacity to 50%, excluding employees
  • Serve food and beverages only to seated customers at tables or bar counters with social distancing
  • Screen their employees per established criteria (included in Executive Order 20-68).
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