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We understand that your business is multifaceted and new federal, state and local government actions are impacting your daily operations. In response to this crisis, we’ve established a statewide, multidisciplinary COVID-19 team working collaboratively to provide you with government updates, alerts on critical topics, and resources in real time.

Together, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the full range of issues impacting your business and providing clear, practical, forward-thinking strategies to adapt to this rapidly changing environment.
 
FLORIDA COVID-19 MAPS
 
Our in-house Geographic Information System (GIS) team has created state-of-the-art, proprietary work products using data from the Florida Department of Health website.  These high-definition maps are extremely detailed, searchable, and are created to help easily visualize Florida's progress in regards to the pandemic.
 
  • Florida COVID-19 Cases as of September 30, by Zip Code. Click for map.
  • Change in Number of Cases from September 23-30, by Zip Code. Click for map.
  • Change in Number of Hospitalizations from September 23-30, by County. Click for map.
Please email our team with questions.
 
All actions described below are as of October 1, 2020. We have done our best to include significant, timely information, although new orders and actions are being introduced continuously.
  • House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill: The House passed H.R. 925, a revised version of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The $2.2 trillion legislation would provide $436 billion to state, local, territorial and tribal governments and $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures. Additionally, certain businesses would be provided with a second Payment Protection Program (“PPP”) loan and individuals would be provided with a second round of direct payments, ensuring weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through January 2021 and preventing unemployed workers from exhausting their eligibility. The bill is a point of negotiation between the House and Senate and is not expected to pass in the Senate.
  • CDC Orders a Halt to Evictions: Effective September 4, 2020, the CDC issued an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The Order applies to residential tenancies in its jurisdiction, and prevents the Landlord from evicting a “covered person” until December 31, 2020. To qualify as a “covered person”, a tenant must complete a Declaration and have it on file with his/her landlord.
  • CDC Asks for Assistance with Vaccine Distribution: The CDC Director requested that state governments expedite any applications to allow vaccine distribution sites to be operational by November 1, 2020 and, if necessary, consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by this date. The federal government is contracting with the McKesson Corporation to distribute the unidentified vaccine to local health departments and doctors' offices.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) Provides Guidance on Standards: OSHA has prepared a listing of applicable standards, which apply to businesses grappling with COVID-19. Two of the most relevant standards relate to Personal Protective Equipment for workers (29 CFR 1910 Subpart I for general industry) and OSHA’s General Duty Clause.
  • CDC Continues to Provide Guidance: The CDC provided guidance for the use of cloth face coverings in schools. Additionally, the CDC has provided guidance for the handling of biosafety specimens associated with COVID-19 and added precautions to the handling and processing of laboratory specimens..
  • PPP Guidance: As the PPP closed on August 8, 2020, the SBA continues to provide guidance on the criteria for loan forgiveness for lenders and borrowers. The SBA has provided a listing of frequently asked questions to help guide the PPP administration process.
  • Negotiations Over Next Relief Package Begin: Senate leadership released their $1 trillion proposal for the next round of coronavirus relief funding to the House of Representatives. The HEALS (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, Schools) Act will be broken down into eight smaller bills for negotiations – liability protections, unemployment assistance, continuation of the PPP, supplemental federal spending, social security, personal protective equipment supply, school and workplace reopening, and aid for the restaurant industry. Key features of the proposal include: expanding the PPP by adding $60 billion for small businesses with fewer than 300 employees and demonstrable revenue losses; providing $100 billion in long-term, low-cost loans to seasonal businesses and businesses located in low-income areas with demonstrable revenue losses; shielding businesses, schools, and other organizations from COVID-19 related lawsuits through October 1, 2024, as long as the organization has made reasonable efforts to follow public health guidelines; and creating tax credits to encourage manufacturing of domestic personal protective equipment. Negotiations between House and Senate leadership will take place until Congress commences August recess.
  • OSHA and Department of Labor (“DOL”) Cite Violations: Following inspections, OSHA cited three healthcare facilities in Ohio with violations of respiratory protection standards for workers, charging them with a fine in excess of $40,000. Additionally, the DOL cited various companies for violations of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires wage payments to employees that are directed to quarantine by a doctor. Two of these paid wages cases are in South Florida.
  • PPP Loan Data Released: The SBA released detailed loan-level data regarding the 4.9 million PPP loans made thus far. The data includes business names, addresses, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, zip codes, business types, demographics, non-profit information, names of lenders, jobs supported, and loan amounts, ranging from $150,000 to $10 million. For loans below $150,000, the SBA released all of the above information, except for business names and addresses.
  • OSHA Issues Additional Guidance: On July 8th, OSHA published a poster for use by meat processors in their facilities. This messaging, 9 Steps to Reducing Worker Exposure to COVID-19 in Meat, Poultry, and Pork Processing and Packaging Facilities, along with other recently created public service announcements are geared to keep workers engaged and aware of the steps they can take to maintain a safe working environment, and to report conditions to OSHA if there are concerns.
  • PPP Extension Signed Into Law: On Saturday, July 4th, the President signed S. 4116 into law. The bill, passed quickly by Congress, extends the PPP for another five weeks, from June 30th to August 8th. According to estimates, the PPP program still has $130 billion to distribute to small businesses in need of assistance due to COVID-19.
  • CDC Continues to Provide Guidance: As testing expands throughout the country, the CDC updated their Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus for Laboratories. This information, published on July 4th, could be helpful to laboratories in this rapidly advancing field.
  • Revised PPP Loan Applications and Updated Rules: The SBA has amended the borrower and lender application forms for participants in the PPP and released a new interim final rule which makes additional revisions to eligibility. The new rule allows PPP loan eligibility flexibility for felons and those on probation or parole.
  • Loan Forgiveness Guidance and Application Updated: The SBA has updated the loan forgiveness application and guidance for small businesses that received PPP loans. The revised application and new EZ application reflect the changes made by the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020, which became law on June 5. The SBA also issued rules for calculating payroll costs and owner compensation in relation to PPP loan forgiveness under the new 24-week covered period.
  • OSHA Issues Guidance: OSHA issued guidance to assist employers and workers in safely returning to work and reopening businesses deemed by local authorities as “non-essential” during the pandemic. OSHA notes that the guidelines may supplement state- or locality-specific information and re-opening requirements.
  • Main Street Lending Program Expanded: The Federal Reserve Board expanded its Main Street Lending Program to allow for more small and medium-sized businesses to receive support. The changes, which will provide borrowers with greater flexibility in repaying the loans, included reducing the minimum loan size for certain loans from $500,000 to $250,000, raising the maximum loan size for all facilities, extending the repayment period for loans by delaying principal payments for two years (rather than one), and increasing the term of each loan option from four years to five. The Federal Reserve Board expects the program to be open for registration soon and to be actively buying loans shortly after.
  • Interim Rule Implementing Changes to PPP: : On June 5, 2020, the President signed the Payment Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 into law. On June 11, 2020, the SBA presented an interim final rule, to be codified at 13 C.F.R. § 120. This interim final rule, which supplements the previously posted interim final rules, helps PPP borrowers prepare and submit loan forgiveness applications as provided for in the CARES Act, assists PPP lenders making loan forgiveness decisions, informs borrowers and lenders of SBA's process for reviewing PPP loan and loan forgiveness applications, and requests public comment.
  • Changes to PPP: The Senate passed HR 7010, the Payment Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. The President signed the bill into law June 5th, 2020. The legislation will influence how money from the PPP is used by small businesses. Specifically, the bill would reduce the share of PPP funds small businesses are required to spend on payroll from 75% to 60%, extend the window to use the funds and receive debt forgiveness from eight weeks to 24 weeks, prolong the deadline to rehire workers from June 30 to December 31, 2020, push back the timeline for repaying PPP loans, and allow companies that get loan forgiveness to defer payroll taxes.
  • CDC Offers Guidance for Agricultural Workers and Employers: The CDC and the Department of Labor published interim guidance for agricultural workers and employers in reopening, which may be adapted by state and local health departments.
  • PPP Funds Set Aside: The SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department announced that they are setting aside $10 billion of funding for the PPP to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), to ensure funds are available to small businesses in all communities. CDFIs, which have already approved more than $7 billion in PPP loans, work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
  • SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application: The SBA released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, along with detailed instructions for the application, consistent with the CARES Act. The SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.
  • Executive Order on Regulatory Relief: In addition to the ongoing economic assistance, the President signed an Executive Order ("EO") on May 19, 2020 to reduce the regulatory burden on Americans as the economy reopens. Among its forms of ordered relief, the heads of all agencies shall identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery. Once identified, the agencies are to temporarily or permanently rescind, modify, waive, or exempt persons or entities from those requirements, and to consider exercising appropriate temporary enforcement discretion or appropriate temporary extensions of time as provided for in enforceable agreements with respect to those requirements, for the purpose of promoting job creation and economic growth. Although the EO grants broad authority to the agencies to assist, all agency actions shall remain in accordance with law and the EO stated policy in its first section.
  • Health and Economic Relief: HR6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), was introduced to the House on May 12, 2020. The $3 trillion package would provide $500 billion to state governments, $375 billion to local governments, $20 billion to tribal governments, and $20 billion to U.S. territories to counter the fiscal impacts of the pandemic. $75 billion will be for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures, $50 million for assistance to farmers, farmers markets and local food outlets affected by market disruptions, $25 billion for assistance to the Postal Service, and $3.6 billion in grants to states to plan and prepare for elections, as well as to bolster election security. It would also establish a $200 billion "Heroes' Fund" to ensure that essential workers receive hazard pay, extend unemployment insurance established under the CARES Act until January 2021, and implement a second round of direct payments to individuals. The legislation was passed by the House on May 15, 2020. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it has a low probability of passing based on the comments made by key Senate Majority members.
  • CDC Offers Guidance for Reopening: The Centers for Disease Control provided recent guidance for businesses, restaurants and bars, and schools to consider in reopening. The guidance is provided in decision tree format, and are to be considered in light of local and state requirements.
  • Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQ") for PPP Applicants: The U.S. Treasury Department updated their PPP Loans FAQ with guidance extending the time frame to take advantage of the safe harbor to repay PPP loans. The FAQ also clarified that an applicant must count all of its employees, and the employees of its U.S. and foreign affiliates (absent a waiver of, or an exception to, the affiliation rules) for purposes of the 500 or fewer employee-size standard.
  • Supplemented Interim Rule for PPP: On May 5, 2020, the SBA supplemented its interim final rule for the PPP that particularly applies to nonprofit loan applicants. This rule provides guidance that for purposes of the PPP, nonprofits must meet their nondiscrimination obligations under existing Federal laws and Executive Orders and on the religious employer exemptions set forth in Section 702 of Title VII. For small educational institution applicants, the rule makes it clear that applicants can discount work study students when calculating their number of employees. The rule is effective without advance notice and public comment, but comments are requested.
  • Review Procedure for PPP: The SBA announced the review of all loans in excess of $2 million, in addition to other loans, as appropriate, following the lender’s submission of the borrower’s loan forgiveness application. Regulatory guidance implementing this procedure will be forthcoming.
  • Updated Interim Rule for PPP: The SBA released an interim final rule related to the PPP requirements for corporate groups and non-bank and non-insured depository institutions lenders. This rule supplements previously posted interim final rules by limiting the amount of PPP loans that any single corporate group may receive, providing additional guidance on the criteria for non-bank lender participation, and requesting public comment.
  • Main Street Lending Program Expanding: The Federal Reserve announced the expansion of the Main Street lending program. The expansion allows businesses with up to 15,000 employees to apply (increase from 10,000), raises the revenue limit to $5 billion (from $2.5 billion), and provides additional types of loans.
  • Food Supply Chain: On April 28, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Agriculture to take all appropriate action to ensure that meat and poultry processors continue operations consistent with the guidance jointly issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Secretary of Agriculture shall issue orders and adopt and revise appropriate rules and regulations as may be necessary “to ensure that these plants are allowed to operate to produce the meat protein that Americans need.” (Press Release No. 0234.20)
  • Economic Relief and Assistance: On April 24, 2020, President Trump signed HR 266, the PPP and Health Care Enhancement Act, to provide a new round of COVID-19 aid funding. The $484 billion relief package includes $321 billion for the depleted PPP created as part of the CARES Act (including $60 billion set aside for loans made by community-based banks and smaller lenders), $60 billion in loans and grants for economic disaster assistance through the Small Business Administration, $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. Please see our previous update for more details on the CARES Act.
  • PPP Guidance Issued: The Treasury Department has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to loans made under the PPP. Part of the document is addressed to borrowers that are large, public companies. FAQ #31 indicates that a borrower should carefully review the required certification that "current economic uncertainty makes the loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant."
  • Guidance for Elective Medical Procedures:The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued recommendations encouraging states or regions where there is a low incidence of COVID-19 to begin providing nonessential medical services and procedures.
  • Reopening: On April 16, 2020, President Trump released proposed guidelines for returning the country to operation in a three-phased approach. The guidelines are to be implemented based on each state governor's discretion on a statewide or county-by-county basis. For each phase, guidelines are provided for individuals and employers. More detailed considerations are provided for specific types of employers (e.g., senior care facilities and hospitals, large venues, gyms and bars).
  • Guidance for Elective Medical Procedures:The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued recommendations encouraging states or regions where there is a low incidence of COVID-19 to begin providing nonessential medical services and procedures.
  • Federal Reserve Unveils Emergency Programs: The Federal Reserve announced emergency programs that could provide more than $2 trillion in loans to businesses of all sizes, as well as to state and local governments. The programs, created to keep the economy afloat, will be backed by $165 billion from the CARES Act, as well as $30 billion that the Treasury Department had previously committed.
  • When Can Exposed Essential Workers Return to Work?: The CDC has provided interim guidance with precautions and protocols for critical infrastructure workers who may be permitted to continue working safely, even following potential exposure to COVID-19. The return to work is conditioned that the workers are asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.
  • CDC Guidelines for Florida: Because each state is unique and offers different challenges, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers state specific guidance when appropriate. The CDC especially considered Florida’s “large older adult population” in issuing its recommendations for implementation of COVID-19 mitigation for the state. As is often the case in this rapidly evolving response, although some of these guidelines may be superseded by EO 20-91, these guidelines may be helpful to those essential businesses or activities which are still permitted or necessary.
  • Florida Disaster Declaration Approved: On March 25, 2020, Florida became the seventh state declared as a major disaster area by President Trump due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With this declaration, Florida is eligible for federal funding for various response actions. Gracia Szczech has been appointed as the Federal Coordinating Officer for the state.
  • Paid Sick and Emergency Leave: President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a multibillion-dollar package that provides paid sick and emergency leave to employees who become infected with COVID-19 or are dealing with family members who are infected. View our Labor and Employment Group update for more information on how this new law affects employers.
  • Federal Tax Filings: Federal taxes filing deadline for individuals and corporations automatically postponed to July 15. In addition, the IRS has created a special website for Coronavirus Tax Relief.
  • State and Local Government Agency Power: State of emergency declared through May 8 that covers all of Florida and gives broad powers to state and local government agencies. Click for more.  Pursuant to this order, various government agencies and departments have released emergency orders. A comprehensive listing of Florida government agency orders that we have collected to date is summarized in an easy-to-read matrix. Highlighted actions are new (September 24 - October 1) since last issue.
  • Local Government Meetings: Local governments can continue to establish a quorum virtually until November 1, 2020. The Governor indicated that this extension would be the last and that local governments should be prepared to meet in in-person beginning on November 1, 2020. Click for more.
  • State of Florida Moves Into Phase 3: Governor DeSantis took action moving the State of Florida into Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. This Executive Order is effective immediately and has been extended through November 3, 2020. The Executive Order does the following:
    • Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.
    • Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business.
    • Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity. If a restaurant is limited to less than 100% of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must satisfy the following:
      • Quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirements on those restaurants; and
      • Explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health.
    • Suspends all outstanding fines and penalties, and the collection of such moving forward, applied against individuals related to COVID-19.
    This Executive Order does not rescind the underlying COVID-19 State of Emergency Executive Order (20-52) that gives the Governor emergency authority related to COVID-19 pandemic.  Click for more.
  • Miami-Dade and Broward Counties: Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are approved by to go to the Phase 2 reopening plan.  Click for more.
  • Palm Beach County: Governor DeSantis approves Palm Beach County moving into a Phase 2 reopening.  Click for more.
  • Bright Futures: Extends the deadline for students to earn the minimum qualifying SAT or ACT score to December 1, 2020.  Click for more.
  • Extension of Foreclosure and Eviction Tolling: Limited extension of mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief through October 1, 2020.  Click for more.
  • Alcoholic Beverage License: Deferral of license renewal deadline through December 31, 2020.  Click for more.
  • Changes to Existing Measures: The Governor changed restaurant employee screening guidelines to follow that of the CDC and ended the requirement for travelers to Florida to self-quarantine.  Click for more.
  • Local Government Meetings: Local governments can continue to establish a quorum virtually until October 1, 2020.  Click for more.
  • Local Government Meetings: Governor DeSantis extended the right for local governments to meet virtually and expanded the right to taxing authorities for limited meeting purposes and to value adjustment boards holding hearings under Chapter 194, Florida Statutes.  Click for more.
  • Extension of Foreclosure and Eviction Tolling: Governor DeSantis extended the suspension and tolling of all foreclosures and residential evictions through August 31. The extension carves out limitations such that the tolling only impacts single-family mortgages and residential tenancies, and only tolls for inability to pay due to direct impacts of COVID-19.  Click for more.
  • Extension of State of Emergency: Florida’s state of emergency due to COVID-19 is extended until September 5, 2020.  Click for more.
  • K-12 School Reopening: All schools must open in the fall and provide for in-person instruction unless an Executive Order or Department of Health order provides otherwise. The day-to-day decision to open or close a school remains with the local school board or school executive/superintendent. Schools may provide for online instruction in addition to in-person education if approved by the Commissioner of Education.  Click for more.
  • Extension of Foreclosure and Eviction Tolling: Governor DeSantis extended the suspension and tolling of all foreclosures and residential evictions until August 1, 2020.  Click for more.
  • Limited Suspension of On-Premises Consumption: The DBPR has suspended alcohol sales for consumption on-premises at all establishments that derive more than 50% gross revenues from sales of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.  Click for more.
  • Local Government Meetings: Local governments may continue to meet via communications media technology until August 1, 2020, with the extension of Executive Order 20-69.  Click for more.
  • Updated Election Procedures: Governor DeSantis issues procedures, recommendations, and requirements focused on ensuring the coming Primary and General elections can be completed safely and timely.  Click for more.
  • Plan for Reopening K-12 Schools: Governor DeSantis announced a plan with recommendations to assist Florida K-12 schools with reopening to on-campus instruction in the fall. Click for more.
  • Distribution of Federal Funds: Governor DeSantis plans to disburse up to $1.275 billion of CARES Act funds to counties with populations below 500,000. Click for more.
  • Phase 2 Recovery: The Phase 2 Recovery extends allowed Phase 1 business activities; expands allowed business activities for restaurant, bar, entertainment, and personal service businesses in all but Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties; and allows groups of up to 50 to meet. The Order also exempts travel restrictions for those traveling to Florida for commercial or student purposes. Click for more.
  • Foreclosure and Eviction Tolling: The suspension and tolling of all foreclosure and residential evictions in effect since Executive Order 20-94 has been extended until July 1, 2020. Click for more.
  • Youth Activities Order: All youth sports, clubs, teams, leagues and programs may operate normally. Additionally, recreation and summer camps may operate in spite of COVID-19 orders. Click for more.
  • Youth Activities: Governor Ron DeSantis announced that all state-issued restrictions on youth activities due to COVID-19, which includes summer camps and youth sports, will be lifted, effective immediately. Click for more.
  • Association Emergency Powers to End: As of June 1, 2020 emergency powers and a tolling of financial requirements will end for condominium, cooperative, and homeowner associations. Additionally, public health officials will no longer be identified as emergency management officials. Click for more.
  • Delayed Elections Rescheduled: Elections in Dade City and San Antonio that were delayed due to COVID-19 have been scheduled to take place on June 30, 2020. Click for more.
  • Full Phase 1: Florida's Full Phase 1 is now implemented in all Florida Counties. Full Phase 1 loosens restrictions on restaurants, retail, museums, gyms, professional sport venues, amusement parks, and vacation rentals. DBPR has also issued mandatory safety measures or recommended best practices for the re-opening of restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, and vacation rentals. The Executive Order also allows local governments to continue to meet virtually. Click for more.
  • Phase 1 Expanded (All Counties): Beginning on May 18, 2020, the Phase 1 recovery will include all counties. Initially, the Phase 1 plan continued to restrict Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Click for more.
  • Foreclosure and Eviction Tolling Extended: Actions to foreclose mortgages and evict residential renters are suspended until June 2, 2020. The order does not relieve or forgive any debts. Click for more.
  • Phase 1 Expanded: The Phase 1 recovery was expanded to include Palm Beach County and to allow barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons to open with restrictions published by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Click for more.
  • DOE Expands Waiver of Strict Adherence to Statutes and Rules: Certain education rules and requirements are extended to help with COVID-19 responses and limitations under current restrictions. Click for more.
  • Extension of State of Emergency: Executive Order 20-52, which declares a state of emergency in Florida, has been extended for 60 days. Click for more
  • Re-opening of Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail Salons: Governor DeSantis announced that all counties currently in Phase 1 are allowed to re-open barber shops, hair salons and nail salons with enhanced safety protocols, effective Monday, May 11. Click for more
  • Limit on In-Person Court Proceedings Extended, Type of Virtual Hearings Expanded: The Florida Supreme Court extended many previously enacted COVID-19 protection measures while also directing lower courts to proceed on hearings amenable to remote execution. Click for more
  • Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery: Upon the expiration of the State Stay at Home Order, some business will be allowed to re-open with limitations to limit spread of COVID-19.  Click for more.
  • Florida Corporate Income Tax Due Date Extended: The due date for corporate tax returns for entities with fiscal years ending in late 2019 or early 2020 has been extended to August 3, 2020. Additionally, entities with a fiscal year ending in December, 2019 have an extra month to make their tax payments. Click for more.
  • Extension of State Stay at Home Order and Vacation Rental Closures: The Stay at Home Order has been extended until May 4, to coincide with the beginning of the Phase 1 Recovery Order. Additionally, the Vacation Rental Closure order has been extended and will be extended into the Phase 1 Recovery. Click for more.
  • Governor's Re-Open Florida Task Force: Governor Ron DeSantis has created a task force to help guide the state as it weighs the decision to reopen amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The final report of the Task Force has been released. Click for more.
  • Court Operations Workgroup: The "Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19" was established to develop recommendations to continue and re-establish court operations across Florida. Click for more.
  • Extension of Vacation Rental Closures: Vacation rental suspension extend until April 30. No reservations or check-ins allowed for Airbnb and VRBO-type rentals until the order expires. The order excludes hotels, inns, resorts, time-shares, and long-term rentals. Click for more.
  • Unemployment Reporting Requirements Suspended: The requirement for unemployment claimants to report that they are “seeking work” is suspended during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Click for more.
  • Essential Service List Additions: The "essential services" list of E0 20-91 is expanded to include urgent counseling services, theme park and zoo maintenance, and professional sports media production. Click for more.
  • Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans: The Executive Order suspended the assessment and collection of documentary stamps required under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes, for all notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act. Click for more.
  • Municipal Elections in Pasco County: The Executive Order delayed the municipal elections scheduled for April 14, 2020 for the cities of San Antonio, Dade City, and Zephyrhills in Pasco County. A subsequent Executive Order will be issued with the rescheduled date of the municipal elections. Click for more.
  • Foreclosure and Eviction Tolling: Actions to foreclose mortgages and evict residential renters are suspended and tolled for 45 days. The order does not relieve or forgive any debts. Click for more.
  • Reemployment Support: All executive agencies are directed to support the DEO and its overwhelmed reemployment assistance program. The DEO will beef up its call center and internet operations, as well as expand its program to include paper applications. Click for more.
  • Stay-At-Home Order: Governor Desantis has placed the state under a Stay-At-Home order to begin at 12:01am on Friday, April 3, 2020. The order limits your actions out of the home to "Essential Services" and "Essential Activities" and directs the elderly and those at risk to stay home. Click for more.
  • Association Emergency Powers: Condominium, cooperative, and homeowners associations are allowed to enact emergency powers to respond to the COVID-19 emergency without the limitation of responding "to damage caused by and event" found in the Florida statutes, so long as they act in accordance with their governing documents. Click for more.
  • Public Health Advisory: The advisory limits social gatherings to 10 people and encourages remote working. Additionally, citizens over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are advised to stay home and take safety measures to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Click for more.
  • Travel: Restriction and quarantine placed on Florida visitors is expanded. Travelers from areas with substantial community spread coming to the state by both air and auto are directed to isolate and quarantine for 14 days and notify anyone they have come into direct contact with. Checkpoints on major roadways are in use. Click for more.
  • Vacation Rental Closures: Vacation rentals are suspended for 14 days. No check-in is allowed until April 10, 2020. The order notably excludes hotels, inns, resorts, time-shares, and long-term rentals. It can be seen as largely limiting Airbnb and VRBO-type rentals. Click for more.
  • Recreational Boating Restrictions: Recreational boaters are directed to keep occupancy to 10 or less and keep 50 feet apart when anchored or moored away from a marina or permanent wet slip. Click for more.
  • Florida Education Code Relaxed: The Department of Education waived the normally required "strict adherence" to the Education Code. With schools closed, online education is being implemented and state assessments have been cancelled for the year. Click for more.
  • Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe County Stay-At-Home Order: Due to a high volume and percentage of COVID-19 cases, these hardest hit counties are under tighter restrictions than the rest of the state in an effort to control the rapid spread. Click for more.
  • Healthcare: Medically unnecessary, non-urgent, or non-emergency procedures and surgery (including dentistry) are prohibited during the state of emergency. Click for more
  • Restaurants and Gyms: Restaurants and food establishments are required to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption during the state of emergency. Take-out and delivery are permitted with special permission to deliver alcohol during the on-premises suspension. Most gyms are required to close their doors until the state of emergency is lifted. Click for more.
  • Local Government Meetings: To ensure municipalities can continue to operate, local governments are temporarily allowed to meet via telephonic or video conference. Click for more.
  • Jury Trials: The Florida Supreme Court issued a new order suspending jury trials statewide through April 17.
  • Court Proceedings and State Courts: Nonessential and noncritical proceedings are postponed, rescheduled, or cancelled, unless they can be conducted remotely. "Essential" proceedings will continue, but courts are to be conducted in a way to minimize exposure risk. Click for more.
  • Small Business Loans: The Department of Economic Opportunity began implementation of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses experiencing economic injury. The application period is open through May 8, 2020. Click for more.
  • Recommended Business Strategies: The Florida Department of Health has provided recommended strategies for businesses during the COVID-19 public health crisis. These recommendations include: encouraging sick employees to stay home; separating sick employees; performing routine environmental cleaning; and advising employers before traveling to follow CDC guidance. Click for more.

As the release of mandates by local governments tend to be slowing down, our team will be updating the local government comprehensive listing on a monthly basis. The most recent update date (September 2) will be indicated at the bottom of the document.

Do you know if your local jurisdiction requires a facial covering? Want to know if local government meetings are in-person or virtual? How is your local government accepting building permits?

Stearns Weaver Miller has compiled and maintained an extensive public database of local government orders and other important resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our comprehensive listing includes information on 59 local governments throughout Florida. Grouped by region and with an easy-to-navigate table of contents, the database is filled with links to each government’s COVID-19 resource page and their emergency orders and mandates, organized by date, as well as permitting information and a virtual meeting procedures database.

Contact us if you would like us to track a local government not currently on our comprehensive list.

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Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |October 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID Legal Compass | Edition 21
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID Legal Compass | Edition 20
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID Legal Compass | Edition 19
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr., Christopher P. Smith

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID Legal Compass | Edition 18
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr., Christopher P. Smith

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID Legal Compass | Edition 17
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 16
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 15
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 14
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Olivia Sanchez, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 13
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 12
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, Christopher P. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 11
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 10
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 9
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Edition 8
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | COVID-19 Updates | Edition 7
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | COVID-19 Updates | Edition 6
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | COVID-19 Updates | Edition 5
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Timely and Significant COVID-19 Updates | Edition 4
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, Gigi Rollini, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Timely and Significant COVID-19 Updates | Edition 3
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr., Gigi Rollini

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Timely and Significant COVID-19 Updates | Edition 2
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2020|S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jessica M. Icerman, Marco T. Paredes, Jr., Kevin Reali, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Publications: $2 Trillion CARES Act - What You Need To Know
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |April 2020|Marco T. Paredes, Jr.

COVID News Update, Labor & Employment News Update, Publications: DOL Provides More Guidance on the FFCRA
BeLabor The Point Blog|March 2020|Ingrid H. Ponce

Ad Valorem Tax News Update, COVID News Update, Publications: 2019 Property Tax Deadline EXTENDED for All Florida Counties | Due April 15
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2020|Morgan A. McDonough, Michael P. Paparesta, Ph.D., Sabrina Weiss Robinson

COVID News Update, Labor & Employment News Update, Publications: DOL Issues New FFCRA Poster and Further Guidance
BeLabor The Point Blog|March 2020|Lisa K. Berg, Ingrid H. Ponce, Andrew L. Rodman, Robert S. Turk

COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: COVID-19 Legal Compass | Timely and Significant COVID-19 Updates
Stearns Weaver MIller News Update|March 2020|Marco T. Paredes, Jr., S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Peter Desiderio, Jessica M. Icerman, Kevin Reali, David M. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

COVID News Update, Firm Announcements: COVID-19 - Stearns Weaver Miller Offices Fully Operational
March 2020

Ad Valorem Tax News Update, COVID News Update, Publications: Miami-Dade County Tangible Personal Property Return Deadline Extensions
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2020|Morgan A. McDonough, Michael P. Paparesta, Ph.D., Sabrina Weiss Robinson

Ad Valorem Tax News Update, COVID News Update, Publications: 2019 Property Tax Deadline NOT EXTENDED FOR MOST COUNTIES | Due March 31
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2020|Morgan A. McDonough, Michael P. Paparesta, Ph.D., Sabrina Weiss Robinson

COVID News Update, Labor & Employment News Update, Publications: Federal Paid Leave Law Signed by President Trump
BeLabor The Point Blog|March 2020|Sharon Quinn Dixon, Andrew W. McLaughlin, Ingrid H. Ponce, Andrew L. Rodman, Robert S. Turk, Elitsa V. Yotkova, Lisa K. Berg

COVID News Update, Publications: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): What Employers Need to Know
BeLabor The Point Blog|February 2020|Lisa K. Berg

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