Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.

Governor DeSantis' Plan to Re-open Florida

Effective May 18, 2020, Executive Order 20-123 instates a "Full Phase 1" of the statewide Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step plan for re-opening Florida. Superseding Executive Order 20-112 and 20-120, the "Full Phase 1" provides updated ordinances regarding business capacity limits, elective surgeries, and more.

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


Full Phase 1 of the plan includes:

  • Schools remain in distance learning
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Elective surgeries may resume of the facility has adequate PPE, hospital bed surge capacity and works with the local community to prevent and/or contain outbreaks in long-term care facilities
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six-foot space between tables and indoor seating at 50% capacity
  • Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity
  • Bars and nightclubs remain closed
  • Museums and libraries may operate up to 50% capacity if permitted by local governments
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate at up to 50% capacity and must sanitize machines and surfaces after use
  • Amusement parks may submit re-opening plan to the State
  • Professional sports venues may open and operate for games, events and training
  • Barbershops, hair salons and nail salons may operate while adhering to safety protocols effective May 11
  • 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 
  • Vulnerable populations should avoid close contact with people outside of the home
  • All individuals, when in public, should maintain physical distance from others
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for social distancing
  • Face masks are recommended for all those in face­ to ­face interaction and where you can’t social distance

See all FAQs from the Governor's Executive Order 20-112.

Effective May 11, 2020, Executive Order 20-120 added additional industries/businesses that are allowed to re-open with specific guidelines as part of Phase 1. 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.

The Governor's Executive Order 20-91 was effective until 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 4. Subsequent orders continue to maintain limitations on the movements of persons except for those businesses and services that are currently open and those businesses that re-open at 50 percent building occupancy.
Once the Governor determines it is suitable to continue re-opening and after fully considering medical data in consultation with state health officials.

Medical



Medical services, including elective procedures, surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental offices, orthodontic offices, endodontic office and other health care practitioners' offices may fully re-open. As a condition of resuming elective procedures, hospitals will be required to assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in their efforts to protect the vulnerable.

However, they 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, they may leave their homes to obtain or provide open services or conduct open activities..

No, those restrictions will remain in place in Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery and with conditions set by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Travel



Yes, this order extends Executive Order 20-80, Airport Screening and Isolation, and Executive Order 20-82, Isolation of Individuals traveling to Florida, with exceptions for military, emergency, health, infrastructure or commercial related activity.

Business



Restaurants will be allowed to re-open, with full outdoor seating. Indoor seating will be allowed at 50 percent of building capacity. 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.

Bars and nightclubs will remain closed during Full Phase 1 of re-opening.

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

Yes, the Governor's Executive Order 20-112 requires appropriate social distancing and limits groups to 10 people or fewer. Regulated businesses should adhere to agency guidance. Additionally, businesses should consult with the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Review the requirements of the Governor's Executive Order 20-123. Also, review any guidance that has been provided from state and federal regulatory agencies including the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

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 customers, employees and employers should consult CDC guidance..

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, if caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
Yes, if consistent with social distancing guidelines as published by the CDC.
No, sporting venues may operate but without spectators

Yes. The Governor's Executive Order 20-91, identified attending religious services at churches, synagogues and places of worship as an open activity. While that order did not place restrictions directly on any building or venue, many local orders have done so. Any building or venue that is open should continue to follow appropriate social distancing and sanitation procedures.

The Florida Department of Health encourages them to follow CDC guidance specific to faith organizations.

Governor's Executive Order 20-123 allows counties to 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. Find more information on Hillsborough County's status online.
The Governor's Executive Orders have not closed beaches other than those at the request of Broward and Palm Beach counties (Executive Order 20-90). Florida's Department of Environmental Protection will announce a phased-in reopening of state parks.
Yes, if currently able to open and as long as they follow proper social distancing protocols. Florida Department of Education has prioritized children of medical professionals and first responders working at businesses or operations that are essential services, to the extent those childcare centers adhere to social distancing.
Museums and libraries may open at no more than 50 percent of their building occupancy as long as their local government allows. Interactive shared exhibits, like child play areas, remain closed.

Local Governance and Enforcement



Yes.
By law enforcement. Violation of the Governor's Executive Order is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Local law enforcement.
No. Some businesses may wish to provide a letter to employees to clarify that their business is indeed an open service..