Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.

Governor DeSantis' Plan to Re-open Florida

Phase 3: Effective September 25, 2020 Executive Order 20-244 states "Phase 3" of the statewide Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step plan for re-opening Florida, is in effect superseding Phases 1 & 2. 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 20-244, all counties in Florida may enter Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery effective September 25, 2020.
The executive order for Phase 3 (20-244) is effective as of September 25, 2020 until further notice. All Florida counties may enter Phase 3.
  • RESTAURANTS and foodservice establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols encouraged. Adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons are encouraged as well. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.
  • BARS, PUBS, TAVERNS AND NIGHTCLUBS that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols encouraged. Adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons are encouraged as well. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.
  • GYMS may operate at full capacity with appropriate and frequent sanitization is encouraged.
  • RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols encouraged.
  • MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols encouraged.
  • PROFESSIONAL SPORTS VENUES may remain open and events may be conducted with limited social distancing protocols encouraged. Reduced seating capacity may also be considered.
  • AMUSEMENT PARKS may return to normal operation with limited social distancing protocols encouraged.
  • 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 can re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols encouraged.
  • BARBER SHOPS AND COSMETOLOGY SALONS (hair and nails) may continue operating but should consider continuing existing mitigation measures..
  • PERSONAL SERVICES BUSINESSES, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate.
  • VACATION RENTALS can resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals.
  • INDIVIDUALS OVER 65 OR WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) can resume public interactions. However, the City of Tampa encourages such persons to continue to practice social distancing and to minimize exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed. Vulnerable persons (including persons over 65) should also inform their employer that they are members of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly. ALL PERSONS in Florida should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments, but this is not required.
  • ALL PERSONS may work and operate a business notwithstanding any COVID-19 emergency ordinance to the contrary.
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.
All local non-COVID-19 local orders remain in effect.
However, the collection of fines and penalties associated with the enforcement of COVID-19 orders on individuals is suspended.
No.

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.

Yes, following conditions set by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
No, but individuals over 65 or with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed. Vulnerable persons (including persons over 65) should also inform their employer that they are members of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly.

Travel



All travel restrictions imposed by the State of Florida are eliminated.

Business



As stated in Executive Order 20-244, no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or from operating a business. This preemption is consistent with Executive Order 20-92.

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

No businesses will remain closed, unless the owner chooses to do so.

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

All businesses are allowed to be open. Social distancing is encouraged. Local face mask orders remain in effect for the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County

No new requirements are imposed and many pre-existing requirements have been superseded.

All businesses are encouraged (but not required) to adopt appropriate measures based on CDC Guidance. As part of that businesses are encouraged to maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should continue to be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.

The Governor’s Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks. However, local mandatory mask order remains in effect for both the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

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

Individual fines and penalties are suspended by the Governor’s order.

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



Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons can operate at full capacity and are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect working stations and equipment between interactions with customers to the greatest frequency feasible.
  • 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, however, are encouraged to continue to practice appropriate social distancing.

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. Vacation rentals can resume normal operating procedures

State parks and beaches are fully opened.
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



Many local regulations and orders have been superseded by the Governor’s Executive Order. However, all local non-COVID related orders remain in effect.
Restrictions on business are enforceable by the appropriate regulatory agency and/or local law enforcement.
Local law enforcement.