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Florida Executive Order Opens Retail

Friday, May 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-112 impacting stay at home orders, vacation rental closures, essential services, and essential activities. EO 20-112 also permits retail businesses, including Retail Dive Stores to open and takes effect Monday, May 4, 2020. EO 20-112 will be in effect indefinitely for all Florida counties except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, which have enacted more stringent measures. Monroe County, including the Florida Keys, also continues to prohibit visitors.

For affected counties, EO 20-112 states that “In-store retail sales establishments may open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.”

Some restrictions remain - EO-20112 specifically indicates that all persons in Florida should:

  • Avoid congregating in large groups. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space that does not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart).
  • Avoid nonessential travel, including to U.S. states and cities outside of Florida with a significant presence of COVID-19.
  • Adhere to guidelines from the CDC regarding isolation for 14 days following travel on a cruise or from any international destination and any area with a significant presence of COVID-19.

Florida has issued a document outlining Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers about EO 20-112.

Dive retailers should review and follow CDC and OSHA Guidelines as they re-open. EO-20-112 cautions that violation of the 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.

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