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.
For information and guidance for Department of Business and Professional Regulation stakeholders and regulated businesses, please visit the DBPR Emergency Information Page.
Executive Order 20-68 directs restrictions on the operations of certain bars, pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants. If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-68, please report the information on the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Complaint Filing Portal.
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): The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. For more information on the PPP, please visit the SBA at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
- 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
- Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan (EBL): The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. For more information on EBL please visit http://www.floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/businessrecovery