The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management continues to prepare for the reopening of area businesses. County plans will be informed by direction from Governor DeSantis and his Reopen Florida Task Force, which is anticipated as early as Wednesday, April 29, 2020. In preparation for reopening announcements, area businesses should be aware of the current Executive Orders issued by the Governor along with advice from Seminole County’s Medical Director and the Florida Department of Health-Seminole County.
- Executive Order 20-52, issued on March 9, 2020, issuing a state of emergency in the State of Florida, expires sixty days from the date issued (May 8, 2020) unless extended;
- Executive Order 2020-91 Safer At Home: Requires senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition to stay at home and limit his or her risk of exposure to COVID-19; and requires closure of “non-essential” businesses. This Order expires on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order;
- Executive Order 20-68 Bars and Restaurants: Requires the closure of bars, pubs, and nightclubs; requires social distancing on beaches; and requires occupancy within restaurants be limited to 50%. This order remains in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52 (May 8, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order);
- Executive Order 20-71 Alcohol Sales and Restaurants: Requires suspension of sales of open alcohol drinks; requires suspension of on-site food consumption (delivery and take-out only); and requires closure of gyms and fitness centers. This Order shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52 (May 8, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order).
Seminole County businesses should be proactive as they prepare to reopen, and should anticipate requirements for strict social distancing protocols. These protocols may require face-covering/masks for both employees and clients for businesses that cannot provide services while adhering to the six-feet social distancing guidelines. Contact the Citizens Information Hotline or www.prepareseminole.org for information regarding where businesses may secure appropriate face covering supplies. Businesses may also be required to limit occupancy once reopened, and ongoing telecommuting will be encouraged.
Be advised that Seminole County is awaiting direction and input from the Governor’s Office before these or other reopening instructions are issued by the Governor or the County. This guidance has been provided simply to support businesses as they proactively plan for reopening.