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.
Florida’s Vaccine Report is now available. Florida’s daily COVID-19 vaccine report includes the latest information on the vaccine in Florida, including populations that have received the vaccine broken down by age, race, sex and county. COVID-19 report Archives can be viewed here.
- Executive Order 21-102, issued 5/03/2021, suspends all remaining local government mandates and restrictions based on the COVID-19 emergency.
- Executive Order 21-101, issued 5/03/2021, invalidates all remaining local emergency orders based on the COVID-19 Emergency. This order is effective beginning July 1, 2021.
- Executive Order 21-94, issued 4/27/2021, extends Executive Order 20-52 re: COVID-19.
- Executive Order 21-81, issued 4/02/2021, prohibits COVID-19 Vaccine passports.
- Executive Order 21-80, issued 3/29/2021, pertains to Reemployment Assistance/Payment of Employer Contributions.
- Executive Order 21-79, issued 3/26/2021, amends Executive Order 20-315 regarding Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors.
- Executive Order 21-67, issued 3/19/2021, amends Executive Order 20-315 regarding Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors.
- Executive Order 21-65, issued 3/10/2021, remits any fines imposed between March 1, 2020, and March 10, 2021, by any political subdivision of Florida related to local government COVID-19 restrictions.
- Executive Order 21-62, issued 3/08/2021, amends Executive Order 20-315 as amended by Executive Order 21-46 and Executive Order 21-47 regarding Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors.
- Executive Order 21-47, issued 3/01/2021, amends Executive Order 20-315 regarding Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors.
- Executive Order 21-46, issued 2/26/2021, pertains to Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors.
For a complete listing of all executive orders, please visit the Governor’s Executive Order Info Center.
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:
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (EIDL): In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. For more information, please visit SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan page.
- Supplemental Targeted Advances: The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of EIDL assistance on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supplemental Targeted Advance program is the latest SBA relief program to launch as part of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021. For more information, please see the SBA’s Supplemental Targeted Advance press release.
- Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources. Please visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s emergency bridge loan page for more information.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The U.S. Small Business Administration is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021. For more information, please visit the SBA Paycheck Protection Program site for more information.
- Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF): The Restaurant Revitalization fund provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Registration for the SBA application portal will begin on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 am ET. Applications will open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET. See How to apply for more detail.
- Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG): The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. For more information, please visit the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant page.
- Additional SBA assistance and information:
- SBA debt relief: The SBA offers debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. For more information, please visit the SBA’s debt relief page.
- Cross-program eligibility: The SBA Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options page provides a summary of the criteria to meet when considering different funding options.
- Reporting ID Theft and fraud: If you suspect that someone used your personal information to apply for/obtain an SBA COVID-19 EIDL assistance or PPP loan, please visit the SBA’s report ID Theft and Fraud page.
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 has provided a resource page to assisting in helping people from becoming victims of Coronavirus-related scams:
- Know Your Treasury Check – Learn how to identify counterfeit U.S Treasury checks.
- Don’t be a Mule – Money laundering is a crime, and so is being a money mule.
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.