(update 6/3/2020 at 8:00 pm)

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health will continue to issue this update every day through Phase 1 of Florida’s reopening plan. Once the state moves into Phase 2, DOH will provide this update once per week. However, DOH will continue to update the COVID-19 dashboard and post the state report daily.

Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

Today, at a press conference at Universal Studios, Governor DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-139, which brings Florida, with the exception of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, into Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery effective Friday, June 5. With appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols, the order provides the following:

  • Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing,
  • Bars and pubs may operate at 50 percent capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Patrons may only receive service if seated,
  • Retail establishments may operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols,
  • Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization,
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols,
  • Pari-mutuel facilities may submit a request to open to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The request must include an endorsement from their county mayor or county administrator if there is no mayor,
  • Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health.

For the Governor’s presentation, click HERE.

Additional actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

  • Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management announced that an additional three COVID-19 testing sites across the state have been created through a partnership between Publix, FDEM and Quest Diagnostics. These sites will open on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Locations are available here.
  • Five state-supported drive-thru testing sites located in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Orange and Duval counties are now offering free antibody testing to anyone over the age of 18. Previously, antibody testing at these sites was only available to first responders. The sites with antibody tests are:
    • FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, antibody testing is by appointment only and the site can accept up to 40 appointments per day
      • To schedule an appointment, call: 561-642-1000
    • Hard Rock Stadium, can test up to 125 individuals per day
    • Miami Beach Convention Center, can test up to 80 individuals per day
    • Orange County Convention Center, can test up to 125 individuals per day
    • TIAA Bank Field Lot J, can test up to 125 individuals per day
  • The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) participated in a webinar hosted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and presented information on the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative and the latest projects on therapeutic robotic pets, MP3 Players, and Scent Evidence Kits to help older adults.
  • Approximately 2,103 Florida National Guardsmen (FLNG) are mobilized to support Florida’s response to COVID-19.
  • FLNG has expanded its support to mobile testing teams and the community-based and walk-up test sites. To date, the FLNG has assisted in the testing of more than 312,800 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
  • The CareerSource Florida network is offering in-person appointments to assist job seekers and businesses with employment needs, especially those dealing with impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of career centers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
    • CareerSource South Florida is offering services virtually and over the phone, with plans to provide in-person appointments as soon as possible, pending receipt of personal protective equipment and completion of safety protocol training to protect customers and employees.