Today, May 15, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-123, which brings all Florida counties into Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery effective May 18.
A copy of Executive Order 20-123 is provided below. A PDF copy is available HERE.
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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-123
(Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery)
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-112 initiating Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 20-112 did not exhaust the recommendations of the proposed Phase 1 included in the White House's Guidelines for Re-Opening America Again.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order:
Executive Order 20-112, as modified by Executive Order 20-120, is extended as further modified by this order below, bringing all Florida counties into Full Phase 1.
Section 1. Restaurants, Retail, Museums and Gyms
Section 2. Professional Sports Venues
Professional sports may operate in the State of Florida and venues may host training, competitions, events and games. This provision shall preempt any local rule prohibiting a professional sports team conducting, or the operations of the venue from hosting, those sports activities at facilities in the State.
Section 3. Amusement Parks
Amusement parks may submit a re-opening plan to the State of Florida that includes a proposed date for resumption of operations and proposed guidelines to ensure guest and staff safety. Requests to re-open must include an endorsement letter from the County Mayor or in absence of a county mayor from the City Mayor and County Administrator. This request shall identify a future date certain for re-opening and verify that the official has approved a re-open plan to ensure patron and staff safety.
Section 4. Vacation Rentals
Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator and the county's safety plan for vacation rental operations submitted to the DBPR Secretary. DBPR will post and update guidance on its website.
Section 5. Local Government Public Meetings Order Extended
The Executive Order 20-69 is extended for the duration of this order.
Section 6. Enforcement
This order shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.
Section 7. Effective Date
This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.