On March 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Surgeon General to declare a public health emergency and to coordinate the state’s emergency response activities as necessary to protect the public in the prevention and control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). For information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida, visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
Visit Governor DeSantis’ Florida COVID-19 Resource center for infographics, presentations, and additional resources and information.
Executive Order 20-297, issued 11/24/2020, extends Executive Order 20-244 (Phase 3; Right to Work; Business Certainty; Suspension of Fines) and will remain in effect for the duration of Executive Order 20-52.
Executive Order 20-244, issued 9/25/2020, supersedes and eliminates any and all restrictions of Executive Orders 20-112, 20-123, and 20-139, as well as Executive Orders 20-192, 20-214, and 20-223, except as modified in the order. Prior state restrictions on bars, nightclubs and other entertainment businesses are effectively lifted by the superseding of these previous executive orders. Executive Order 20-244 also restricts local governments from limiting the indoor occupancy of restaurants below 100% unless the local government’s order setting a lower occupancy limitation satisfies specific standards established in the order, and in any case, no restaurant may be limited by any local government order to less than 50% of indoor capacity. Additionally, the executive order suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals.
Executive Order 20-223, issued 9/11/2020, approves Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to move into phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Executive Order 20-214, issued 9/04/2020, approves Palm Beach County to move into phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Executive Order 20-210, issued 8/28/2020, suspends the existing renewal deadline for any alcoholic beverage license, permit, registration, or certificate issued by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco through December 31, 2020.
Visit the Governor’s 2020 Executive Orders page for a complete listing of all Executive Orders issued in 2020.
Financial Relief and Assistance
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. The Act is aimed at reducing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and authorizes aid to various sectors of the economy. Various relief options are available through both Federal and State agencies:
- The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Please note that the PPP closed on August 8, 2020.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (EIDL): Small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. For more information on EIDL please visit the SBA at https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications. Apply for an EIDL online at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.
- Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund: The Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund focuses on creating and enhancing the diversification and resiliency of Florida’s economy. Its purpose is to address the current gap in available, affordable capital for businesses by providing longer term loans with higher funding levels at market interest rates. . For more information on on the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund, please visit http://www.floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/businessrecovery
On June 25, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Affordable Housing Coronavirus Relief Initiative which provides $250 Million in CARES Act funding for rental and mortgage assistance for Florida families that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Additional State Resources and Information
Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration
Florida’s Agency for Healthcare administration has a resource page for medical facilities and medical providers in response to COVID-19.For more information regarding Florida’s hospitals capacity, please see the Agency for Healthcare Administration’s Hospital Capacity Dashboard.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a COVID-19 Information page for both business owners and consumers. For a complete listing of all Florida Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Emergecy Orders, please click here.
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation has an Emergency Information Page which provides the Department’s COVID-19 information and Emergency Orders including mandatory measures and best practices for restaurants, gyms and vacation rentals.
Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida’s Department of Children and Families’ COVID-19 resource page provides information and updates on Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS), Child Care and Welfare, Mental Health Treatment Facilities, Adult Protective Services, Office Closures and other valuable information.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity’s COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Individuals site provides information on the following programs: Reemployment assistance, CARES Act Benefits and Implementation, job postings, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance Program, SBA debt relief, Paycheck Protection Program, Small Business Loan Program, Microfinance Guarantee Program, Black Business Loan Program, Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund, Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Short-Time Compensation Program, and Community Development Block Grant Funding.
If you have been impacted by the efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you can file a claim for State or Federal Reemployment Assistance Claim at https://fileaclaim.myflorida.com/.
Floridadisaster.biz is a partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Floridadisaster.biz provides access to various resources, including: the Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey, CARES Act and Business Resources, and status of your small business Emergency Bridge Loan
Florida Department of Emergency Management
Florida’s Department of Emergency Management’s COVID-19 page provides information on testing sites, Florida’s mobile lab information, county reports and statistics.
Florida Department of Health
Florida’s Department of Health’s Florida COVID-19 Response center provides hand washing, social distancing information, wearing a face mask and testing information in addition to the COVID-19 Dashboard.
Florida Department of Financial Services
Florida’s Department of Financial Services’ Coronavirus Resources and Information page provides COVID-19 resources, CFO COVID-19 directives, local resources and news.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles COVID-19 Updates page provides information on reopening of FLHSMV offices for limited in-office services, FMCSA COVID-19 waiver, checkpoints for motorists entering Florida on I-95, Federal READ-ID enforcement deadline extension, and emergency declarations.
Florida Department of Revenue
Florida’s Department of Revenue’s General Tax Administration Program COVID-19 page provides COVID-19 FAQ for taxpayers, information on how to pay your taxes online, emergency orders, and how to contact your local taxpayer service center.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
CARES act: The U.S. Secretary of Commerce recently announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding to go to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19. Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission CARES act page for more information.
The Florida Lottery has closed its headquarters and District Offices beginning March 23 until further notice. Please see the office closure notice for information on how to redeem winning tickets or visit the FAQ page for additional information.
Florida Office of Financial Regulation
Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation has provided additional industry guidance, information, and emergency orders on their COVID-19 Resources page.
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation has provided a Policyholder Resource List to connect Florida policyholders with assistance being offered by insurers in response to COVID-19. For more information on policyholder resources or additional resources, please visit the COVID-19 resource page.
Florida’s Attorney General’s Office
Florida’s Small Business Development Center Network
Florida’s SBDC network has disaster recovery specialists available to provide no-cost, one-on-one confidential consulting to help you prepare disaster loan applications and assist with any post-disaster challenges you encounter. Please note that consultations are taking place via phone call or virtual meeting. The SDBC recommends contacting your local Florida SBDC office as the quickest way to receive individual assistance.
The Florida SBDC Network has developed a Small Business Guide to COVID-19 to help small businesses understand available federal disaster loans and provide tips for impacted businesses to do right now to stay afloat. To access the guide, and for more information on resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
The Florida SBDC Network has additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Emergency Advance Program.
Additional Federal Resources and Information
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has provided guidance to help businesses and employers plan and respond to COVID-19. For more information, please visit the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has advice on managing the financial impact of the coronavirus. Please visit the CFPB “Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic” page for more information.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
If you are a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. The U.S.D.A.’s Coronavirus actions page provides valuable resources and summarizes the U.S.D.A.’s COVID-19 response.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. For more information, please see the press release. The IRS’ special coronavirus page provides additional information on Economic Impact Payments and provides guidance on how to deduct COVID-19 costs.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has additional information for guiding businesses and employers through the COVID-19 outbreak on their Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources page, including information on how to limit exposure to acute respiratory illnesses (including COVID-19), resources to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, common issues small businesses may encounter, etc.
U.S. Secret Service
The U.S. Secret Service, in Partnership with U.S. Department of the Treasury, has launched the “Know Your U.S. Treasury Check Campaign” to bring awareness to citizens, retailers and financial institutions on how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of easy to detect counterfeit U.S. Treasury Checks. For more information, please see the press release.
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has provided the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES act.