Phase 1 Florida Reopening

— Friday, May 01, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Phase One of his plan for reopening the state for business. Calling the step “small and deliberate,” phase one will take effect on Monday, May 4th and will exclude Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  Listed below are the main components of phase one.

  • Continued distance learning for schools
  • Continued prohibition on visits to senior living facilities
  • Allows elective surgeries to resume
  • Allows restaurants to offer outdoor seating with a 6-foot space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
  • Allows retail establishments to operate at 25% capacity
  • Continued closure for bars, gyms, and personal services, such as hairdressers
  • Continued social distancing and safer at home recommended for vulnerable adults
  • Continued limitation for social groups to ten people or less
  • Recommended use of face masks while in public, in the workplace, or if you are unable to social distance (No one will be fined for noncompliance)

Further, the state is increasing the availability of testing sites by increasing drive-up test sites, as well as walk-up testing.  The National Guard will continue to staff these testing sites. 


You may access the Governor’s presentation from yesterday’s press conference below.  You may also review the Governor’s recent Executive Orders below as well as others all Executive Orders. 


Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-111 extends Executive Orders 20-87 and 20-91 until 12:01 am May 4, 2020, and Executive Order 20-112 regarding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery


Executive Order 20-111

Executive Order 20-112 re: Florida’s Recovery

FAQs for Executive Order 2020-112

Governor’s Powerpoint presentation on Phase One of Re-Opening: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step


Mayor Demings just completed an 11:00 am Press Conference.  He is relying on his Economic Recovery Task Force to provide further guidance for some of the business reopening specific criteria that may not have been answered in the Governor’s recent reopening orders.  Mayor Demings did state the Orange County Nightly Curfew would stay in place until future orders direct otherwise.  Mayor O’Brien has recommended that we will continue to operate in unity with Mayor Demings and the Orange County Orders and Directives in place. We will watch carefully over the next few days for updates.