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Posted on: May 1, 2020

UPDATED STATE OF FLORIDA & PINELLAS COUNTY GUIDANCE FOR FULL PHASE 1

FL - PINELLAS COUNTY GUIDANCE for PHASE 1 REOPENING

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   The requirement  for  a  minimum  of  6  feet  between  parties  is  superseded to  the extent appropriate partitioning is in place.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.

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