Last night, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112 and announced a gradual re-opening of Florida businesses beginning Monday, May 4. The Executive Order excludes Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties.
The Executive Order permits restaurants to open indoor seating at 25% capacity with six-foot distancing between tables and not seating parties larger than 10 and keeping bar counters closed to seating. It also allows for outdoor seating with appropriate social distancing. The Order mandates that bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall continue to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Alcohol to go, as permitted in Executive Order 20-71, is still permitted. Further, the prohibition on vacation rentals in Executive Order 20-87 remains in effect for the duration of this order. It is our understanding that hotels remain open for essential lodgers only and we are working to get clarification that we will share as soon as we have it.
Last night, FRLA conducted a webinar to discuss the re-opening and answer questions from Members. We will be posting and sharing FAQs as soon as they are completed.