Florida Executive Order #20-112:

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.
Plan for Florida's Recovery

May 7, 2020
This past Monday, May 4th, the State of Florida began the first stage of its plan for reopening.  Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order #20-112 that allows for certain non-essential businesses to open provided that they follow safety guidelines. South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County), however, is NOT included. And, for the time being, remain closed.   

Here is what Executive Order #20-112 permits:
  • Restaurants and food establishments may allow on-site consumption with the adoption of social distancing measures and limited indoor capacity of not more than 25% of seating capacity.  The social distancing measures provided in the order include:
    • 6 ft between parties;
    • Parties of 10 or less; and
    • Bar counters must remain closed.
  • Retailers may open with up to 25% of building occupancy;
  • Museums and libraries may operate at 25% occupancy;
  • Medical facilities, such as surgery centers, dentists and orthodontists, may begin performing elective procedures that were previously prohibited as long as the facility has:
    • the capacity to convert its surgical and intensive care beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients;
    • adequate personal protective equipment (“PPE”) without seeking federal or state assistance;
    • not sought federal, state or local government assistance regarding PPE supplies; and
    • not refused to support and has proactively engaged with skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other long term care residential providers.
Here’s what the order does not permit:
  • Bars, pubs and nightclubs are still prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption;
  • Gyms and fitness centers are to remain close; and
  • Vacation rentals are still prohibited.
Again, please note that the Executive Order does not apply to Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County.

Miami-Dade County is still subject to Emergency Order # 7-20, as amended, which continues to require non-essential businesses to remain closed.  Most recently the order was extended until May 14th.

While most non-essential businesses remain unchanged, last week the County issued Emergency Order #21-20  that allowed for the limited opening of parks and recreation facilities, marinas and boat ramps, and golf courses.  In addition, the County has also issued Emergency Order #20-20 requiring that employees and customers visiting/operating at essential businesses (i.e. pharmacies or grocery stores, medical offices/centers) must wear facial coverings, if social distancing is not possible at the location.  

In these uncertain times, it is important to stay informed on the most up-to-date information that can affect your business. Ser & Associates is here to keep you informed and "in the know". If you have any questions about how the temporary orders affect your business or if we may assist you with other legal matters, please contact us at 305-222-7282 or

You can view our previous Small Business Resources & Updates here:

April 24, 2020

April 17, 2020

April 10, 2020

April 1, 2020 

March 28, 2020

March 26, 2020 

March 20, 2020 

March 19, 2020

March 17, 2020 

March 13, 2020

March 6, 2020

Please note:  The information above is not legal advice, represents only a summary and by no means encompasses all the aspects of each order. Please make sure to confer with your attorney, accountant, insurance agent and/or banker in connection with your situation and circumstances.  And, please contact us, if we may be of assistance to you and/or your business.
At Ser & Associates we provide a business approach to legal services. It’s our mission to work with small businesses and their owners with a one-stop shop approach that includes business and contract law, residential & commercial real estate (buy/sell, leasing), land use & zoning, government contracting, minority certification, litigation, estate planning, intellectual property (trademarks/copyrights) and wealth protection. We also offer the MyGC/My General Counsel® Program to those business owners requiring on-going legal services at an affordable monthly rate.  Contact us at or 305-222-7282 for a free consultation. 
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