On Friday, September 25, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244, moving the state into Phase 3 of its re-opening plan which allows:
- Restaurants, bars and nightclubs that derive more than 50% of sales from alcohol can operate at full capacity.
- Gyms and fitness centers can open at full capacity.
- Other businesses that can reopen with limited social distancing; movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses and casinos).
- Local governments can resume in-person meetings.
- Large sporting events can resume, but limited capacity is recommended.
- Theme parks can return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.
- Businesses can still require customers to wear masks, but DeSantis said "all outstanding fines and penalties that have been applied against individuals are suspended."
On Thursday, September 10, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) issued Emergency Order 2020-10 allowing bars, pubs, breweries and night clubs (deriving 50% or less of their income from food sales) to operate at 50% capacity for on-site consumption, so long as they provide seated service only, beginning Monday, September 14.
On Friday, June 26, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) issued Executive Order 2020-09 which prohibits bars, pubs and night clubs (deriving 50% or less of their income from food sales) from serving alcohol for consumption on premises. These establishments are allowed to engage in sales of sealed containers for off premises consumption. Restaurants may continue to operate at 50% indoor capacity and are still allowed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption onsite so long as patrons are being served while seated at tables.
On Wednesday, June 3, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139. Effective Friday, June 5, the state moved to Phase 2 of its re-opening plan which allows:
- Retail establishments can operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization practices.
- Restaurants maintain operations at 50% capacity but may begin to allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing.
- Gyms and fitness centers can operate at full capacity using appropriate social distancing and safety measures, including sanitizing equipment.
- The number of individuals allowed at social gatherings increases from 10 to 50.
- Movie theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment-based businesses can operate at 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization practices.
- Personal service businesses, including tattoo parlors, acupuncture, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health.
On Friday, May 15, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-123 moving to a full Phase 1 of the state's re-opening plan, effective Monday, May 18.
On Saturday, May 9, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-120 allowing barbershops, hair salons and nail salons to re-open as part of Phase 1.
On Wednesday, April 29, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112, effective Monday, May 4 outlining the initial Phase 1 plan for re-opening Florida’s economy.
To read the Governor’s Taskforce Report on the plan to re-open Florida, please click here.
To report a business in violation of the state’s re-opening plan and Executive Orders, please contact the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
The City of Orlando will continue to provide updates related to the Governor’s plans for re-opening.