(update 6/5/2020 at 6:30 pm)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. As of Friday, June 5 the state has moved into Phase 2 of Florida’s reopening plan. The Florida Department of Health will now issue 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.
Today, Executive Order 20-139 went into effect, bringing 64 Florida counties, excluding Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, into Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. 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.
Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
- Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management announced that 500,000 gowns are being sent to long-term care facilities across Florida. This new push of PPE is being sent directly to every long-term care facility in the state based on the number of licensed beds in each facility.
- To date, the Division has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
- Nearly 28 million masks
- More than 11 million gloves
- Nearly 1.7 million face shields
- More than 1.1 million shoe covers
- More than 1.4 million gowns
- More than 91 thousand goggles
- More than 53.5 thousand coveralls
- For long-term care facilities alone, the Division has sent:
- More than 10 million masks
- 1 million gloves
- More than 500,000 face shields
- More than 900,000 gowns
- FDLE is working with DBPR on the process for enforcing the 50% seating capacity limit for the re-opening of bars and entertainment businesses, as well as establishing DBPR points of contacts for fielding complaints about violations.
- FDLE continues to provide support to FHP at the I-95 checkpoint.
- Approximately 2,380 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 321,300 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
- In accordance with Phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) deactivated the checkpoint for screening travelers seeking to enter Florida on I-10 at the Florida/Alabama state line. Upon deactivation, nearly 28,000 traveler forms had been collected at the I-10 checkpoint.
- FDOT continues to lead the coordination of DOH and the Florida Highway Patrol to implement Executive Order 20-86 at the I-95 checkpoint. To date, more than 31,300 traveler forms have been collected at the I-95 checkpoint.
- FDOT continues to coordinate with public use airports, DOH and law enforcement to implement Executive Order 20-80. To date, more than 66,200 traveler forms have been collected at public use airports across the state.
Additional actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH