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Floridian Partners COVID-19 Update (as of 4/30/20)

Governor DeSantis announced Wednesday April 29 that, effective May 4, Florida will move into Phase 1 of his Safe, Smart, and Step by Step Plan for recovery. Under this plan, essential businesses continue to operate per previous executive orders; non-essential businesses including retail and restaurants may now open and operate, provided that social distancing and sanitation processes are used.  These facilities are limited to 25% capacity, per individual building occupancy limits.  A link to frequently asked questions regarding Phase 1, can be found here.  Governor DeSantis has stated that the federal guidelines for reopening America have served as the model for Florida’s plan.  A link to the federal guidelines can be found below.  Additional materials, including links to the Governor’s executive orders can also be found below.  The most recent modeling data suggests that Florida has passed the peak of COVID-19 cases.  The task force has provided its final report on safely reopening Florida, and the governor’s office continues to accept public comment via electronic porthole


Thursday April 30, 2020 Coronavirus Update:

Total Cases in Florida: 33,690

Total Cases in US: 1,054,261

Total Florida Deaths: 1,268

Total US Deaths: 61,717

Total Florida Hospitalizations: 5,589


Although Florida has moved into Phase 1 of recovery, government officials at the federal, state, and local level continue to work diligently to prepare and enact emergency measures to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.  Below is a summary of emergency actions taken, resources, and links to additional information.

Federal:

President Trump has indicated that he will not extend the social distancing guidelines beyond April 30.

On April 27, 2020, the Attorney General Barr released a Memo directing Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Eric Dreiband, and Matthew Schneider; the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan to review state COVID-19 emergency actions for violations of civil rights and take legal action where appropriate.

On Friday April 24, 2020, President Trump signed into law a second stimulus package, HR 266. The bill allocates an additional $484 billion in funding to assist with the pandemic, including $320 billion in additional funding to the Paycheck Protection Program.

On Monday April  20, 2020, at the President’s direction, CMS issued guidance encouraging localities, where the curve has flattened and hospital resources are available, to begin providing nonessential medical services and procedures again.

On Thursday April 16, 2020, President trump issued guidelines for reopening America. 

Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into law a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package — the biggest in U.S. history — which would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in loans and grants to major industries and small businesses, direct cash payments to many taxpayers and significantly expands unemployment benefits.  The bill, HR 748, is being referred to as the CARES Act. 

Additional updates on actions taken by federal agencies in response to COVID 19 can be found on USA.Gov’s webpage.

Florida:

Executive Office of the Governor:

Governor DeSantis has issued multiple executive orders regarding the pandemic.  Most recently, he issued EO 2020-111, extending both the Vacation Rental Prohibition in EO 2020-87 and the designation of essential businesses in EO 2020-91.  He also issued EO 2020-112 outlining Phase 1 of Florida’s Recovery Plan.

3/1/20     EO 2020-51  Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency

3/9/20     EO 2020-52  Emergency Management – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

3/17/20   EO 2020-68  Emergency Management – COVID-19 regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants   

3/20/20   EO 2020-69  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings

3/20/20   EO 2020-70  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures of nonessential retail and commercial establishments

3/20/20   EO 2020-71  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms closures

3/20/20   EO 2020-72  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures

3/23/20   EO 2020-80  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Airport Screening and Isolation

3/23/20   EO 2020-82  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida

3/24/20   EO 2020-83  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce

3/26/20   EO 2020-85  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance

3/27/20   EO 2020-86  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida

3/27/20   EO 2020-87  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures

3/27/20   EO 2020-88  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Re-employment of Essential Personnel

3/30/20   EO 2020-89  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County Public Access Restrictions

3/31/20   EO 2020-90  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures

4/1/20     EO 2020-91  Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

4/1/20     EO 2020-92  Executive Order amends Executive Order 20-91 re: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

4/2/20     EO 2020-93  COVID-19 Emergency Order – Reemployment Assistance Program

4/2/20     EO 2020-94  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief

4/6/20     EO 2020-95  COVID-19 Emergency Order – Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans

4/8/20     EO 2020-97  Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Municipal Elections in Pasco County

4/10/20   EO 2020-103 Extends Executive Order 20-87 re: Vacation Rental Closures

4/16/20   EO 2020-104 Suspends biweekly reporting for unemployment claims until the expiration of EO 2020-52

The Executive Office of the Governor has created a website listing all executive actions and emergency orders related to COVID.

The Florida Channel has created a COVID 19 update page where past press conferences with Governor DeSantis on this issue can be viewed.

Reopen Florida Task Force:

The meetings of the Reopen Florida Task force have concluded.  A list of the members of the Executive Committee can be found here.  Links to Subgroup member lists and materials presented to each and the final report can be found on the Governor’s COVID website.

Florida Legislature:

April 24, 2020, Senate President Bill Galvano addressed the specific concerns raised by the State Democratic Caucus, which called for a special session.  The memo provided an update as to executive actions to date, and reiterated his previous position that there was no need for a special session at this time.

April 2, 2020,  Senate President Bill Galvano issued a memo providing a fiscal update for the state and indicating the need to call a special session to appropriate funds from the CARES Act.

Attorney General:

Following the issuance of EO 20-52, Attorney General Moody activated the Price Gouging Hotline.  A list of the commodities covered by the hotline can be found here.  On March 19, 2020, Attorney General Moody issued advisory legal opinion, AGO 2020-03, per the request of the Governor, to provide guidance on the issue of holding public meetings in the sunshine, in light of the pandemic. Most recently, Attorney General Moody sent a letter to the Florida Retail Federation encouraging limits on certain goods to discourage hoarding.

Commissioner of Agriculture:

Commissioner Freed, following the closure of schools outlined in EO 20-52, authorized alternate delivery methods for school systems providing meals to students.  Her office continues to monitor state supply chains and provide updates to consumers regularly. A link to all emergency orders and rules put out by this department, to date, can be found here.  

Chief Financial Officer:

On March 30, 2020, Chief Patronis issued a directive to the Florida Division of Risk Management to provide workers compensation benefits to state employees on the front lines.

Florida Department of Health:

As the lead agency for tracking and containing this healthcare crisis, on March 1, 2020, the Department issued a Declaration of Public Health Emergency.  The Department has issued an update to the initial declaration suspending certain statutory requirements for out of state providers and the telemedicine ban for medical marijuana.  The Department also provides a tracking dashboard for cases within the state that is updated twice daily.  The Department provides regular updates on all actions taken by all executive agencies in relation to COVID-19, the most recent update was issued on March 30. The Department has issued multiple communications to medical providers regarding COVID-19.

Florida Division of Emergency Management:

As lead agency for coordinating response and necessary supplies to mitigate the pandemic, the Division has issued emergency orders prohibiting visitors in certain state facilities.  The most recent order listing facilities prohibiting visitors was issued March 16, 2020.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

On Friday March 27, the Commission issued an emergency order directing all boating vessels to maintain a distance of 50 feet or more from other vessels and restricting boat occupancy to ten or less people.

Local Governments:

All 67 Florida counties have  at least one confirmed case of the virus, and all counties have declared a local emergency.  Below is a table detailing the emergency actions of all 67 Florida counties to date.  Of note, EO 2020-92 amends the statewide safe at home order to clarify the statewide directive preempts any local action. Copies of all the Declarations of Emergency and Emergency Orders can also be found on the website for Florida Association of Counties.


County Emergency Actions Measures Implemented
Alachua Emergency Declared March 19th renewed April 27th Closure of all non-commercial and retail operations, residents ordered to stay at home, and encouraged to wear masks.
Baker No formal declaration of emergency Closure of county facilities and suspension of meetings
Bay Commissioners voted to enact emergency measures March 17th General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Bradford Verbal Emergency Declared March 17th General enactment no specific measures taken
Brevard Commissioners declared state of emergency March 14th renewed April 24th Closure of county to tourists, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules starting April 27th.
Broward Emergency Declared March 17th EO 20-70 closes all non-essential commercial and retail operations,  County declaration clarifies essential businesses, order requiring masks, golf courses and parks to reopen April 28, beaches remain closed
Calhoun Emergency declared March 17th General enactment no specific measures taken
Charlotte Emergency declared March 17th General enactment no specific measures taken beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules as of April 27th
Citrus Verbal declaration of emergency by commissioner’s March 16th renewed April 27th General enactment no specific measures taken
Clay County Commissioners declared state of emergency March 13th renewed April 24th General enactment no specific measures taken
Collier Commissioners declared state of emergency March 16th General enactment, beaches to reopen with no restrictions April 30
Columbia Emergency declared March 19th General enactment no specific measures taken
Dade Emergency declared March 12th renewed April 1st Closure of all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, Residents required to wear masks and hospitals required to report bed availability. Parks, golf courses, and marinas to reopen April 29
Desoto Emergency declared March 22nd General enactment no specific measures taken
Dixie Emergency declared March 19 General enactment no specific measures taken, beaches open no restrictions
Duval Mayor declared state of emergency March 19th, renewed April 9th Closure of nonessential retail and commercial operations and lodging restrictions. Beach access allowed but limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Escambia Emergency Declared March 17th renewed March 27th General enactment no specific measures taken except for beach closures
Flagler Commissioners voted to enact emergency measures March 16th General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Franklin Commissioners voted to enact emergency measures March 16th renewed April 20th General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules starting May 4th
Gadsden Resolution of State of Emergency declared March 13th and renewed March 20th Stay at home order and curfew, face masks are encouraged
Gilchrist Emergency declared March 20th renewed April 3rd General enactment no specific measures taken
Glades Emergency declared March 19th General enactment no specific measures taken
Gulf Emergency declared March 18th General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Hamilton Emergency declared March 17th, renewed April 24th Closure of all nonessential retail and commercial establishments
Hardee Emergency declared March 19th General enactment no specific measures taken
Hendry Emergency declared March 19th General enactment no specific measures taken.
Hernando  Emergency declared March 19th renewed April 2nd General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to exercise and social distancing rules starting April 29th.
Highlands Emergency declared March 18th General enactment no specific measures taken
Hillsborough Emergency declared March 12th and renewed April 23rd General enactment no specific measures taken, safer at home order rescinded as of May 4
Holmes Emergency declared March 17th General enactment no specific measures taken
Indian River Emergency declared March 17th, renewed April 28th General enactment no specific measures taken beach access allowed limited to exercise and social distancing rules starting April 28th.
Jackson Emergency declared March 17th renewed April 21st General enactment no specific measures taken
Jefferson Emergency declared March 16th renewed April 27th  General enactment no specific measures taken
Lafayette Emergency declared March 19th renewed April 23rd  General enactment no specific measures taken
Lake Emergency declared March 19th renewed April 27th  Social Distancing Order requires CDC distancing guidelines for all businesses
Lee Emergency declared March 18th  Closure of parks, pools and libraries and prohibiting vacation rentals through April 30, beaches with no limitations, dog and some athletic parks to reopen April 29
Leon Emergency declared March 16th renewed April 2nd  Shelter in place order
Levy Emergency declared March 17th renewed April 21st Order prohibiting the gathering of 10 or more persons, excepting essential businesses, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Liberty Emergency declared March 16th renewed April 14th General enactment no specific measures taken
Madison Resolution passed March 18th to declare state of emergency General enactment no specific measures taken
Manatee Emergency declared March 16th  Beaches closed and curfew in place.
Marion Emergency declared March 16th renewed March 30th Closure of all nonessential retail and commercial establishments
Martin Emergency declared March 16th extended April 13th  General enactment no specific measures taken except for closure of all county owned beaches
Monroe Emergency declared March 15th  Keys closed to all visitors, travel restricted and no lodging permitted, check point at county line and essential businesses required to adhere to CDC guidelines including face masks, all persons arriving by air shall be screened for virus
Nassau Emergency declared March 19th renewed April 22nd Directive to comply with statewide quarantine for travelers from certain states (See EO 82 and 86), beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules starting May 6th.
Okaloosa Emergency declared March 17th, renewed April 14th Beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Okeechobee Emergency declared March 19th renewed April 2nd General enactment no specific measures taken
Orange Emergency declared March 17th Stay at home order issued March 24th Curfew and closure of all non-essential retail and commercial establishments
Osceola Emergency declared March 16th. Stay at home order issued March 24th Closure of all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, face masks required in public, and curfew. Golf courses, parks, marinas, and community pools to reopen April 29
Palm Beach Emergency declared March 13th, renewed April 27th. EO 20-70 Closure of all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, face masks encouraged
Pasco Emergency declared March 12th  General enactment no specific measures taken
Pinellas Emergency declared March 13th. “Safer” at home order issued April 21st Nonessential businesses must attest to CDC social distancing guidelines. Beaches open no hourly limitations, must follow CDC guidelines as of May 4
Polk Emergency declared March 16th renewed April 27th  General enactment no specific measures taken
Putnam Emergency declared March 17th renewed April 10th  General enactment no specific measures taken 
Santa Rosa Emergency declared March 18th General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules starting May 1st.
Sarasota Emergency declared March 15th renewed April 12th General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules starting April 27th.
Seminole Emergency declared March 15th renewed April 20th Social distancing guidelines implemented for all commercial establishments, self-quarantine order for individuals testing positive.
St. Johns Emergency declared March 17th renewed April 21st General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
St. Lucie Declaration of state of Emergency March 17th  Safer at home order issued, no closure of businesses, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules starting April 28th.
Sumpter Emergency declared March 18th renewed April 21st  General enactment no specific measures taken
Suwannee Resolution of Emergency March 17th renewed April 21st  General enactment no specific measures taken
Taylor Emergency declared March 19th renewed April 23rd General enactment no specific measures taken, except for beach closures
Union Emergency declared March 17th, renewed April 27th  General enactment no specific measures taken
Volusia Emergency declared March 13th renewed March 24th  General enactment no specific measures taken, beach access allowed limited to special hours and social distancing rules.
Wakulla Emergency declared March 17th renewed April 6th General enactment no specific measures taken, Beaches open with no limitations other than CDC guidelines.
Walton Emergency declared March 17th  General enactment no specific measures taken except for closure of beaches
Washington Emergency declared March 17th renewed March 24th  General enactment no specific measures taken

In addition to the countywide measures detailed above several cities have imposed restrictions under municipal declarations of emergency.  The Florida League of Cities has compiled a website with links to cities that have enacted specific COVID 19 measures.