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Phase 3 Re-opening of Florida

Phase 3 of the Plan for Florida’s Recovery took effect September 25, 2020 for all Florida counties.

Local governments may adopt requirements directly on businesses, operations or venues, including buildings, beaches and parks, that may be stricter than the state. Report a business that violates these orders to local law enforcement.

*Governor DeSantis has added Miami-Dade and Broward counties to Phase 1 effective May 18 and added Palm Beach county to Phase 1 effective May 11, 2020. 

**In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the re-opening of business activity  will be considered after each county seeks approval with a written request from local officials.


Individuals

Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition (such as chromic 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, but should practice social distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

Vulnerable populations should affirmatively inform their employer that they are a member of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly.

Non-vulnerable populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

Businesses and Employers

Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols.

Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operations.

Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for sing use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Restaurants and food service establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols.

Businesses should 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 shall be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Operators of retail businesses should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.

Personal services businesses, such as cosmetology salons, barber shops and nail salons, should operate under full capacity but should consider the following mitigation measures:

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.

Remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

 

Recreation

Gyms and fitness centers should open to full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.

Large venues: (i.e. movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, casinos) These venues should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols.

State parks should be fully opened, including overnight accommodations.

Beaches should remain fully opened.

Large sporting events: Large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.

Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.

Vacation rentals should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals.


Travelers

Currently, the state of Florida has no travel restrictions in place, non essential travel may continue.

Employees should resume non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

 

Schools and Childcare

July 6, 2020: FDOE Order No. 2020-EO-06 – Reopening K-12 Schools


Nursing Homes

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Governor DeSantis’ direction, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director and State Coordinating Officer Jared Moskowitz issued Emergency Order 20-009 that lifts restrictions for visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), adult family-care homes, adult group homes and other long-term care facilities.

Emergency Order 20-009 requires all visitors to wear PPE pursuant to the most recent CDC guidelines, and those not making physical contact still must wear a mask.

 

Health Care Providers

Elective surgeries can resume and citizens are encouraged not to delay medical care which may put their health at risk, as there is ample capacity at health care facilities.

Medical services, including elective procedures, surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental offices, orthodontic offices, endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners' offices may fully re-open.

Hospitals are required to assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in protecting the vulnerable. 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.


Local Government

These meetings should return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.

Museums and libraries may open at full capacity if permitted by local governments.

 

**Information from Floridahealthcovid19.gov 

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