Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Executive Order Partially Reopening Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected us all. Unfortunately, businesses, particularly small businesses, have been hit incredibly hard amid orders for all “non-essential” businesses to close. Though the U.S. government has provided relief to many via stimulus checks, loans via the Paycheck Protection Program, and more, in many cases, this is simply not enough. 

Fortunately, now, Governor DeSantis has issued an executive order allowing many businesses across the state of Florida to begin reopening their doors. The Order is set to take effect on May 4, 2020. An outline of some of the businesses allowed to partially reopen is as follows:

  • Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50% of their gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages will remain suspended for on-premises consumption, however, restaurants and food establishments may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage. That being said, these restaurants must ensure they limit their indoor capacity to no more than 25% of their building capacity, and social distancing as recommended by the CDC must remain in effect.  
  • In-store retail sales establishments may partially open, as long as they ensure they do not allow more than 25% of their building occupancy at a time. 
  • Museums and libraries may open on the same condition; they may not allow any more than 25% of their building occupancy at a time. That being said, these museums and libraries may only open at the discretion of their local governments, and any interactive exhibits at those locations must remain closed. 
  • Medical facilities, such as dental offices may open, under certain conditions outlined in the order, reopen for elective procedures. 
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and vacation rentals must remain closed and prohibited for the duration of the executive order.

Here at Ansbacher Law, we understand that your business’s success is largely dependent on a return to normalcy. If you have any questions about business law, or how this executive order may affect your business, please do not hesitate to give us a call today. We are here to help.

If you would like to read the executive order yourself, simply click here.

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