Coronavirus

STATE OF FLORIDA 

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR 

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-139

Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and 

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-112 initiating Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery; and 

WHEREAS, on May 14, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-123 for Full Phase 1. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution and Chapter 252 Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following 

Executive Order: 

Section 1. Phase 2 Recovery 

In concert with the efforts of President Donald J. Trump, and based on guidance provided by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, I hereby adopt the following in response to the recommendations in Phase 2 of the plan published by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida.  

A. Executive Order 20-112, as modified by Executive Orders 20-1 20, 20-122, 20-123 and 20-131 , is extended as further modified below.

B. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the re-opening provisions of Section 4 of this order will be considered after each county seeks approval with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator.

Section 2. Responsible Individual Activity

All persons in Florida are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA. The direction to follow such protocols, and those additional protocols listed below in this section, is guidance and not enforceable under section 252.4 7, Florida Statutes.

A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

B. All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.

C. All persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.

D. In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Section 3. Additional Requirements for Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida

Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82 are extended with exceptions for persons involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. This order supersedes Executive Order 20-86.

Section 4. Business Activity

This order supersedes Executive Orders 20-91 and 20-92 and Executive Order 20-112 Section 2. This order further supersedes any conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-112 including Section 3C. (gyms) and Section 4 (retail and museums) and Executive Order 20-123 including Section l .B. (retail), C.(museums) and D. (gyms). This order extends and modifies the remaining provisions of Executive Order 20-112 and Executive Order 20-123 as follows:

A. Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at fifty (50) percent of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, as under Executive Order 20-123, Section 1. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This section does not apply to nightclubs. Non-conflicting provisions in Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2 remain in effect.

B. Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at fifty (50) percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.

C. Pari-mutuel facilities may seek to operate with a written request from the County Mayor or if no mayor the County Administrator to the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the approval of the DBPR Secretary.

D. Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.

Section 6. Previous Executive Order Extended

Executive Order 20-69 is extended until June 30, 2020.

Section 7. Enforcement

This order, with the exception of Section 2, shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes, and by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

Section 8. Effective Date

This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 5, 2020.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, this 3rd day of June 20.

Ron Desantis, Governor

ATTEST:

SECRETARY OF STATE

STATE OF FLORIDA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-123
(Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery)

WHEREAS, on  March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency  for the
entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-112 initiating Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart.
Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-112 did not exhaust the recommendations of the proposed  Phase  1  
included   in  the  White  House’s  Guidelines  for  Re-Opening  America Again.

NOW, THEREFORE,  I, RON DESANTIS,  as  Governor  of  Florida,  by virtue of the  authority  vested   in  me  by Article  IV,  Section  (l)(a)  of  the Florida  Constitution  and Chapter   252,    Florida  Statutes,  and  all  other  applicable  laws,  promulgate  the  following Executive Order:

Executive Order 20-112, as modified  by Executive Order 20-120, is extended as further modified by this order below, bringing all Florida counties into Full Phase 1.

Section 1.         Restaurants, Retail, Museums and Gyms

A.  Restaurants  and  food  establishments licensed  under  Chapters  500  or  509,  Florida  Statutes , may serve patrons at indoor seating so long as they limit indoor occupancy up to fifty (50)  percent  of  their  seating   capacity,   excluding    employees.   The requirement  for  a  minimum  of  6  feet  between  parties  is  superseded to  the extent appropriate partitioning is in place.  Bar counter s are to remain closed to seating, and outdoor   seating  remains   available   with   social   distancing.  The   Department   of  Business  and  Professional Regulation  (DBPR)  will  post  and  update  appropriate safety measures on its website.

B.   In-store  retail  sales  establishments may  operate  up  to  fifty  (50)  percent  of  their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.

C.  Museums  and  libraries  may  operate  up  to  fifty  (50)  percent  of  their  building occupancy, provided, however, that local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government.

D.  Gyms  and  fitness  centers  may  operate  up  to  fifty  (50)  percent  of  their  building occupancy  so  long  as they  adopt  safety  measures  including  appropriate  social distancing  for  classes  and  sufficient  cleaning supplies  to  ensure,  at  a  minimum, patrons’  individual  self-cleaning  of surfaces  and  machines  using sanitation  wipes following each use.  DBPR will post and update best practices on its website.

Section 2.         Professional Sports Venues

Professional  sports may  operate  in  the State of Florida  and  venues  may  host  training, competitions,  events  and  games.  This  provision  shall  preempt  any  local  rule  prohibiting  a professional  sports team  conducting, or the operations of  the venue from hosting, those sports activities at facilities in the State.

Section 3.         Amusement  Parks

Amusement parks may submit a re-opening plan to the State of Florida that includes a proposed  date for resumption  of operations and  proposed  guidelines to ensure guest and staff safety.  Requests  to re-open  must  include an endorsement  letter from  the County Mayor or in absence of a county  mayor from the City Mayor and County Administrator. This request shall identify a future date certain for re-opening and verify that the official has approved a re-open plan to ensure patron and staff safety.

Section 4. Vacation Rentals

Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator and the county’s safety plan for vacation rental operations submitted to the DBPR Secretary. DBPR will post and update guidance on its website.

Section 5. Local Government Public Meetings Order Extended

The Executive Order 20-69 is extended for the duration of this order.

Section 6. Enforcement

This order shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50; Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

Section 7. Effective Date

This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Ron Desantis, Governor

ATTEST: Laurel M Lee, Secretary of State

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, this 14th day of May 2020.

The City of Pinellas Park is committed to the health and safety of our residents, visitors, and employees. Our Emergency Operations Center has been activated as of 3-18-20 and will operate virtually. The City’s executive policy group is meeting frequently to make public health decisions regarding policies, procedures, event cancellations and our general local response and its potential impacts relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Currently the City of Pinellas Park’s Emergency Management and leadership participate in weekly calls with the Pinellas County Response Operations Coordination (ROC) group and other county partners. Further, the City is coordinating with Pinellas County Medical Director, Emergency Management, Florida-DOH, and other state and local partners to ensure we have the most up to date information.

The Pinellas Park Fire Department, along with other fire/ems agencies in the county, have adopted personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines when responding to respiratory illness calls in order to limit potential exposure. The Pinellas Park Police department has adopted personnel guidelines in order to limit potential exposure.

Pinellas Park Recreation Centers 

Pinellas Park Recreation Centers that provide the Open Rec program (Broderick, Forbes, and Youth Park) will resume a limited operation, starting on Monday, May 11th to those who are already enrolled in our programming. However, these centers will be open to a lower maximum number of children so that we can ensure that social distancing and CDC guidelines can be maintained throughout the facilities. There will be an online registration process for the spots at each facility and participants will be required to attend 80% of the days to remain in the program. Those numbers are listed below:

     - Forbes Recreation Center - 70 children - (727-369-5682)

     - Broderick Recreation Center - 60 children - (727-369-5678)

     - Youth Park Teen Center - 30 children - (727-369-5758)

There will be specific Child Drop-Off and Pick-up Times - 7:30-9am & 4-6pm. For any drop off or pickup outside these times, notify the facility in advance.

Skyview Pool

This facility will reopen on Monday, May, 18, 2020 with a reduced maximum occupancy as per CDC guidelines. Hours of the aquatics facilities during open swim will be Monday – Saturday 12PM-4PM with Sundays being closed. Swim lessons will not be offered at this time and pavilion rentals will not be available at this time. 727-369-5702

Barbara S. Ponce Library

The Barbara S. Ponce Library will reopen Monday, May 11, 2020. The hours of the operation will be 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday – Thursday; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday. Please note there will be a midday closure for extra cleaning and disinfecting.

Available services will include the lending of materials, information and reading suggestion services provided by staff, use of computers and Internet access, and brief reading sessions for non-circulating materials.

Our Library will offer a no-contact curbside pick-up of library materials 

In-person gatherings for library activities and any other formal or informal group gatherings will not be permitted until later phases of re-opening. 727-369-0669

For additional questions regarding our health and safety protocols at these facilities please contact our Leisure Services Department at 727-369-0671

Pinellas Park City Hall

City Hall will reopen on Monday, May 11, 2020 to the public for utility billing and other services at a reduced maximum occupancy. Additional health and safety protocols will be implemented at check-in. Hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

For more information please contact the switchboard at 727-369-0700

Pinellas Park Tech Services Building – Building and Permitting

Pinellas Park Building Division is still encouraging electronic plan submissions for permitting.  These plans should be submitted to buildingdevelopment@pinellas-park.com. All electronic plans will be reviewed as received.  The Building Division will continue to receive paper plans via a dropbox located at the entrance of our Technical Services Building -  6051 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Please be advised that there will be a 72 hour sterilization period for any paper plans submitted.  Those submitting paper plans can expect delays. These delays are as follows: Residential from 3 business days to now 6 business days. Commercial from 10 business days to now 13 business days for plan review.  If you have any questions you can call 727-369-5647 

Pinellas Park Public Parks

All public parks are currently open (Park bathrooms to be open Monday, May 11, 2020).  All park events have been cancelled and there will be no new shelter rentals at this time. Playgrounds and athletic courts will remain closed.  

Facilities that will remain closed to the public

  • Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center (Box office is open via phone but will remain closed to public walk-ins (727-369-5746)

  • City Auditorium 

  • Senior Center 

Please note* For the protection of our employees and citizens - all those entering a public facility will be required to wear face masks/covering, and must provide contact information for contact tracing purposes. Face masks will be provided. 

For the most up-to- date information regarding the City of Pinellas Park’s event cancellations, public facility closures and public service announcements regarding COVID 19 please continue to check our social media platforms and the city’s TV channel and website.

Trusted Resources about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) include:

For information from Florida Department of Health on COVID-19 please visit:

http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/covid19/default.htm 

For information from the CDC on COVID-19, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For Florida Department of Health information, please visit:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/

Information on COVID-19 prevention: Stop the Spread of Germs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stopthe-spread-of-germs.pdf

Symptoms of Coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 call center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Pinellas County Citizens information line is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday at 727-464-4333

Coronavirus checks: flattening the scam curve

There’s a lot to worry about when it comes to the Coronavirus crisis, including the new ways  scammers are using the economic impact payments (so-called “stimulus checks”) to trick people. To  keep ahead of scammers who are trying to cash in on those payments, read on.

Scammers have no shame, and nothing – not even a global health crisis – is off limits. They’re pitching fake Coronavirus vaccines, unproven cures, and bogus at-home testing kits. So, it’s not  surprising that scammers are exploiting confusion about economic impact payments too. But it’s still shameful.

Most people who qualify for a check will automatically get it direct deposited by the IRS within weeks. But as details emerge about how and when payments will arrive, some scammers may start using  official-looking fake checks to steal money and confuse people into turning over personal information. Here’s some information to help avoid fake check scams that might be arriving soon.

•     The check’s not in the mail – yet. Reports say that paper checks – for people without direct deposit – will start arriving in May at the earliest. So, if you get an economic impact payment,  stimulus, or relief check before then, or you get a check when you’re expecting a direct deposit, it’s a scam.

•     The IRS will not send you an overpayment and make you send the money back in cash, gift  cards, or through a money transfer. If you get an official-looking check for more than what you were expecting – say, for $3,000 – the next call you’re likely to get is from a scammer. They’ll  tell you to keep your $1,200 payment, and return the rest by sending cash, gift cards, or money  transfers. It’s a scam that will leave you owing money to your bank.

•     That’s not the IRS calling, texting, or emailing. Scammers are sending official-looking messages – including postcards with a password to be used online to “access” or “verify” your  payment or direct deposit information. The IRS will not contact you to collect your personal information or bank account. It’s a scam.

For trusted information and updates about IRS payments – including eligibility, how to sign up for direct deposit, or where to file a short tax form – always start with irs.gov/coronavirus. Learn how to avoid scams by subscribing to the  FTC’s consumer alerts, and report scams to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Avoiding SSA scams during COVID-19

While some of you are home, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing to avoid the Coronavirus, remember that scammers are still busy trying to take advantage of people. Some scammers are pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and trying to get your Social Security number or your money.

Here’s what to know:

•     Do not trust caller ID. Scam calls may show up on caller ID as the Social Security Administration and look like the agency’s real number, but it’s not the SSA calling.

•     Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.

•     Don’t verify your Social Security number or any other personal information to anyone who calls out of the blue. If you already did, visit IdentityTheft.gov/SSA to find out what steps you can take to protect your credit and your identity.

•     SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.

•     Talk about it. If you’re getting these calls, chances are your friends and family are too. Please talk with them about it.

•     People who know about scams are much less likely to fall for them. So by discussing them you are helping protect people you care for and people in your community. Check out this video for more information on Social Security scams.

Want more information on the latest Coronavirus-related scams we’re seeing? Visit ftc.gov/coronavirus, and sign up for our consumer alerts.

Local Business Resources

Apply by June 1 for the Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant 

  • Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant program open through June 1, 2020
  • Funding is still available and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Apply online at: www.PCED.org/cares

Since opening applications on May 4, Pinellas County has received 3,846 completed applications and issued 378 checks totaling $1.89 million to eligible businesses with approved applications for the Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant. 

Small business owners with a commercial location in the county have until June 1, 2020 to complete their application online, to be considered for a one-time $5,000 grant to cover COVID-19 related expenses such as employee wages, vendor bills and mortgage or rent costs. 

Not all business owners in the categories below will meet the eligibility requirements for this grant funding. However, business owners who may be eligible are encouraged to visit PCED.org/cares to review the full eligibility requirements. 

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Lodging and short-term rentals
  • Barbershops
  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Retail store fronts that were required to close due to COVID-19
  • Theaters, bowling alleys, concert venues and similar types of businesses

Applicants should review all eligibility requirements and ensure all required documents are correctly submitted to expedite the review and approval process for the grant. Program details, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at this pced.org/caresfaq.

This grant funding is from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and may only be used for business expenses, such as rent, utility bills, payroll and other costs. These funds cannot be used to pay expenses covered by insurance or another federal assistance program.

Individuals and families who have lost a job or significant income due to the pandemic can also request emergency help paying overdue rent and utilities through the Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance program, which also runs through June 1. Income and residency requirements apply. Applicants can text COVIDCARES to 898211 to start the application process. Learn more at: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresindividual/ 

Pinellas County Economic Development

www.PCED.org/cares

Pinellas CARES Small Business Grants Description:

The program will offer one-time $5,000 grants to qualifying small businesses to cover expenses such as employee wages, vendor bills and rent. The emergency relief is targeted specifically to help local brick and mortar businesses cover immediate financial needs.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Business occupies commercial space in Pinellas County
  • Has 1 to 25 Full-Time Equivalent employees, including owner
  • Operating since at least 10/1/19 and still open 2/29/20
  • Expected to return to full operations after crisis
Eligible Business Types:
  • Public Food Service Establishments (Chapters 500 & 509 F.S.)
  • Bars, pubs and nightclubs (Governor’s Order 20-68)
  • Short-term lodging and vacation rental management         (collect and remit Tourist Development Taxes)
  • Non-essential businesses (Section 5, “Safer at Home”)
  • Places of assembly (Section 2, “Safer at Home”)
Ineligible Businesses:
  • Publicly traded companies
  • Home-based businesses
  • Non-profit corporations
  • Firms with code enforcement liens
  • Active sentence for financial mismanagement
Application Process:
  • Submit application using digital online portal
  • Document business location, status, and employee count
  • Demonstrate recent business income and expenses
  • Digitally sign and attest that all information is truthful
  • Process will be shorter, if the applicant has all necessary documentation at hand
Timeline:
  • April 28 to May 3 Program outreach and education
  • May 4 to June 1 Application portal open for submissions

Small Business:          New Payroll Protection Program is available:

  • Low interest loans for small businesses and nonprofits
  • Provides cash flow assistance to help maintain payroll
  • Covers payroll, paid sick leave, mortgages or rent, and utility payments

Loan forgiveness available.

Contact your local bank or visit https://link.zixcentral.com/u/2c18a4cb/qvesuRp46hGGayz6BW1nPA?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdisasterloan.sba.gov%2Fela for more information.

Food & Living:          Immediate food and rent assistance is available:

Feeding Tampa Bay
Immediate food assistance available
FEEDINGTAMPABAY.ORG
813-254-1190

Metropolitan Ministries
Food, utility, and rent assistance available
METROMIN.ORG
813-209-1000

For those able, please donate to your local non-profits to help families in need.

Artists:           

https://link.zixcentral.com/u/04071365/xv2tuRp46hGGayz6BW1nPA?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpinellascf.org%2Fgrants%2Farts-relief%2F

https://www.floridamakes.com/index.stml 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Pinellas businesses impacted by COVID-19

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp 

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the federally funded U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. You can find details from the SBA at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp 

The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

The covered period during which expenses can be forgiven extends from February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Borrowers can choose which 8 weeks they want to count towards the covered period, which can start as early as February 15, 2020.

This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of .5%.

Where can you apply?

You can apply through your local bank or credit union. Any federally insured bank, credit union or existing SBA 7(a) lender that is participating in the Paycheck Protection Program can accept your application.

You should check online, call or email your preferred lender to ensure the organization is participating in the PPP program.

Lenders may have individual application processes.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. 

Who can apply?

This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization, or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store/location could be eligible.

When can I apply?

Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.

Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.

Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans as soon as they are approved and enrolled in the program

Sample Application:

If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a sample form to see the information that will be requested from your local lender: https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form--paycheck-protection-program-ppp-sample-application-form 

Links below are to PPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) lists:

https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--Fact-Sheet.pdf 

https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.pced.org/resource/collection/CCBFB846-65B5-4B33-AD7A-790DDD57E234/CaresAct-Coronavirus-FAQ_200331.pdf 

Questions? Please contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or your local lender.

Additional resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ 

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans: http://floridasbdc.org/disaster/ebl/ 

Pinellas businesses report economic impact/damages at: https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments 

Pinellas County Economic Development: https://www.pced.org/page/disaster 

Pinellas County Government COVID-19: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/covid19/default.htm 

VSPC Tourism Crisis Management Resources: https://partners.visitstpeteclearwater.com/crisis-management-resources 
How you can help: https://www.pced.org/page/donations 

Report Economic Losses related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) at: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/5b54d87a/fEeZ7VBp6hGrZCLHhnsoMg?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pced.org%2Fdamage

Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey

The survey will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, please visit www.PCED.org/damage to complete the survey today.

SBA

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://link.zixcentral.com/u/88768e1f/2F6Z7VBp6hGXeSLHhnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sba.gov%2Fpage%2Fguidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for businesses impacted by COVID-19  

CDC

Resources for Businesses and Employers: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/473755cd/xnqZ7VBp6hGihSLHhnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Forganizations%2Fbusinesses-employers.html 

 Colorado SBDC Remote Work Checklist

https://link.zixcentral.com/u/f704158d/RoyZ7VBp6hGUqSLHhnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.vailvalleypartnership.com%2Fsites%2F2%2F2020%2F03%2FSBDC-Remote-Work-Checklist-11.pdf

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable for businesses without the financial ability to weather the adverse impacts of COVID-19.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://link.zixcentral.com/u/106b7c72/3E1nVfBp6hGlUaERh3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdisasterloan.sba.gov%2Fela. The Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020.  Disaster declaration details are at: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/1573ef50/wp5nVfBp6hGvkKERh3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdisasterloan.sba.gov%2Fela%2FDeclarations%2FDeclarationDetails%3FdeclNumber%3D6063372  For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: www.SBA.gov/coronavirus.

STATE OF FLORIDA 
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR 
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-91 
(Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and 

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and 

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19 (and Resolution 20-28 extending State of Local Emergency until 3:00 P.M. Friday April 24, 2020) ; and 

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") issued the "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures, such as avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and in states with evidence of community spread, recommending restrictions to certain establishments conducive to mass gatherings and congregations; and 

WHEREAS, on March 29, 2020, the President extended such guidance to be in effect until April 30, 2020; and 

WHEREAS, on March 31, 2020, the President updated the guidance, renaming it "30 Days to Slow the Spread", and along with the White House Coronavirus Task Force urged Americans to continue to adhere to the guidelines and expand community mitigation efforts; and 

WHEREAS, the majority of individuals in Florida that have tested positive for COVID-19 have been concentrated in its southeastern counties and other urban cores; and 

WHEREAS, positive cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise in other states in close proximity to Florida, resulting in increased risk to counties in northern Florida; and

WHEREAS, many thousands of people fled the New York City region to Florida following New York State issuing a "shelter-in-place" order, thereby jeopardizing the health and safety of Floridians; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-80, requiring all individuals that fly into Florida from states with substantial community spread to self-isolate in Florida for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter; and 

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-86, requiring all individuals that drive into Florida from states with substantial community spread to selfisolate in Florida for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter; and 

WHEREAS, persistent interstate travel continues to pose a risk to the entire state of Florida; and 

WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory urging the public to avoid all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and urging those who can work remotely to do so; and 

WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is slowed, and that residents and visitors in Florida remain safe and secure. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitutioi;i Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect: 

Section 1. Safer At Home
A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
B. In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. 

Section 2. Essential Services
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.
B. Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders.
C. Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions. The online list shall be available on the Division of 3 Emergency Management’s website at www.floridadisaster.org and the Florida Department of Health’s website at www.floridahealth.gov.
D. Nothing in this order prohibits individuals from working from home; indeed, this Order encourages individuals to work from home.
E. All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable. 

Section 3. Essential Activities
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential activities" means and encompasses the following:
     i. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
     ii. Participating in recreational activities ( consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and
     iii Taking care of pets; and
     iv. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
B. Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.
C. A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.  

Section 4. Local Orders in Response to COVID-19
This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order. 

Section 5. Previous Executive Orders
This Executive Order does not supersede any Executive Order related to COVID-19. 

Section 6. Effective Date and Expiration Date
This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Executive Order 20-68 (bars, restaurants) and Executive Order 20-71 (alcohol sales, restaurants) shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, this l st day of April, 2020 

Ron DeSantis, Governor


Read the Governor’s Executive Order Here...

Restaurant dining rooms have been closed to customers. Restaurants can operate a take out or drive-thru service. Gyms, Bars and Nightclubs are closed. See the below executive order 

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-71

(Emergency Management - COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures, such as avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and in states with evidence of community spread, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed; and

WHEREAS, the State Surgeon General has advised me that gyms and fitness centers are establishments that attract gatherings of more than 10 people and are more susceptible for spreading COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-68 restricting bars, pubs, and nightclubs from selling alcohol and ordered every restaurant to limit its occupancy to 50% of its current building occupancy and abide by the CDC’s “social distancing” guidelines; and

WHEREAS, restaurants are increasing sales of orders for take-out and delivery for customers in order to meet demand while adhering to Executive Order 20-68; and

WHEREAS, I am committed to supporting retailers, restaurants and their employees as they pursue creative business practices that safely serve consumers during this temporary period of social distancing; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1.        Alcohol Sales

A.    I hereby order all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.

B.    The restriction in section 561.20(2)(a)4., Florida Statutes, prohibiting a specially licensed food service establishment from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises is suspended for restaurants complying with Executive Order 20-68, through the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, so long as the following conditions are met:

1)     Any sale of an alcoholic beverage in a sealed container for consumption off-premises is accompanied by the sale of food within the same order; and

2)     Any delivery of an alcoholic beverage complies with section 561.57, Florida Statutes.

C.    The provisions of section 561.42, Florida Statutes, and Rules 61A-1.010, 61A-1.0107, 61A-1.0108, Florida Administrative Code, are suspended for the limited purpose of allowing licensed vendors of alcoholic beverages to request the return of undamaged alcoholic beverages purchased for events cancelled in response to COVID-19, so long as: 

1)     The requests are made within 30 days of the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

2)     Vendors shall make and keep records of all events cancelled in response to COVID-19 that comply with section 561.55, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61A-1.01028(2), Florida Administrative code, and also include:

a.      the event name;

b.     the date the event was to be held;

c.      the date the event was cancelled;

d.     the location of the event or gathering that was cancelled; and

e.      the product returned to a distributor as a result of the cancellation of the event.

3)     Licensed distributors shall make and keep records of all returns that comply with the record keeping requirements of section 561.55, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61A-1.01028(2), Florida Administrative code, and also include:  

a.      the request from the licensed vendors;

b.      the date the request was made;

c.      the identity of the licensed vendor making the request, including the licensed vendor’s business name and address;

d.     the license number of the licensed vendor making the request;

e.      the product returned; and 

f.      whether the vendor received cash or credit.

4)     Vendors receive cash or a credit against outstanding indebtedness within sixty days from the date the distributor picks up the products. 

5)     The returned products were not initially purchased, sold, or otherwise obtained with either the privilege of return, or in any other manner that would be considered a violation of Florida’s Beverage Law.

D.    This Section does not prohibit retail stores and vendors that currently sell sealed containers of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption from continuing such sales for off premises consumption.

E.    This Section amends and supersedes Executive Order 20-68, Section 1.

Section 2.        Restaurants and Bars

I hereby order all restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food consumption for customers.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments for the purposes of delivery or take-out services. This Section amends and supersedes Executive Order 20-68, Sections 3(A)-(B).

Section 3.        Gyms and Fitness Centers

I hereby order the closure of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. This order shall not apply to gymnasiums and fitness centers which are: (i) amenities of hotels which have a capacity of 10 persons or less, (ii) are an amenity of a residential building, (iii) are interior to any fire or police stations or (iv) are located inside any single-occupant office building.

Section 4.        Enforcement and Implementation

A.             The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order and shall take additional measures as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

B.              Pursuant to section 252.36(6), Florida Statutes, all state and local law enforcement shall further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order.

Section 5.        This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

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Under Florida law, correspondence with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is neither confidential nor exempt pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 119, is a public record made available upon request.

Under Florida law, correspondence with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is neither confidential nor exempt pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 119, is a public record made available upon request.