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Governor Announces Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-By-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Wednesday, April 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Governor Announces Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-By-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Prepared by Metz, Husband & Daughton, PA


At 5pm yesterday, Governor DeSantis released the first phase of relaxing restrictions to re-open the state of Florida. The Governor’s "Safe. Smart. Step-By-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery" which will begin on Monday, May 4, specifically excludes Florida’s hot-spot counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach from the initial phase of reopening. The Governor indicated that the phase 1 recommendations will apply to these South Florida counties "soon." The plan and its recommendations emanate from some but not all of the Re-Open Florida Task Force’s recommendations and include:


· Schools remain in distance learning.

· Visits to senior living and assisted living facilities are prohibited.

· Elective surgeries can resume statewide if the hospital can support it with necessary PPE.

· Restaurants may offer outdoor seating, with six-foot spacing between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity (under CDC recommended guideline and if the local government allows).

· Retail establishments can operate at 25% of indoor capacity (under CDC guideline and if the local government allows).

· No changes for bars, gyms, and personal services such as hair dressers and movie theaters in phase 1.

· Recommending (not mandating) facemasks when working in a face-to-face business or where you cannot maintain a safe distance of six feet.


The Governor’s Executive Order for Phase 1 reopening has been released. A PDF copy of the Executive Order 20-112 is available HERE.


Florida’s Next Steps

Key metrics to consider as we move to next steps:


· The state maintains the health benchmarks of the “Safe. Smart. Step-By-Step Plan”

· Maintaining hospital bed capacity will be the #1 metric that drives future decisions

· Monitoring COVID-19 test positivity rate


The Governor noted that this does not need to take months, but will be assessed on a daily basis. It will be based in Florida’s health metrics and guided by medical authorities.


Statement by Senate President Galvano on Governor DeSantis’ Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, can be found here.



On April 20, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the formation of the Re-Open Florida Task Force’s Executive Committee which held its first teleconference meeting that afternoon. The Re-Open Florida Task Force consisted of three Industry Working Groups which reported directly to the Executive Committee each day during the week of April 20-24.These Industry Working Groups focused on a broad range of industries based upon their job-loss risk, i.e. High Risk, Medium Risk, and Low Risk – determined by an analysis done by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation.


· The High Risk Industry Working Group focused on Accommodation, Food, Tourism, Construction, Real Estate, Recreation, Retail and Transportation and is headed by Dana Young, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA.

· The Medium Risk Industry Working Group focused on Administrative, Education, Information & Technology, Manufacturing, Mining, Utilities and Wholesale and is headed by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

· The Low Risk Industry Working Group focused on Agriculture, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Management and Professional Services and is headed by Senate President Designate Wilton Simpson.


The Governor requested a report on short term recommendations from the task force by April 24 and staff of the Governor’s Office of Policy & Budget (OPB) continued to work on the report’s recommendations this past weekend.

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