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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Governor Issues "Phase 1 Reopening" Executive Order

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Wednesday, April 29, that outlines the Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

The Phase 1 Reopening executive order continues with the “Safer At Home” guidelines; however it does allow for the following:

  • Elective medical procedures can resume
  • Restaurants can offer outdoor dining provided they adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines
  • Restaurants can offer indoor seating up to 25% occupancy and must adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines
  • Non-essential and retail establishments can reopen and must adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines and can only have 25% occupancy
  • Bars and nightclubs, gyms and hair salons remain closed
  • All travel restrictions and self-isolation guidance from the CDC remains in place
  • People should not meet in groups of more than 10 people and follow CDC social distancing guidelines
  • People should wear a cloth face covering in places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing (i.e. grocery stores)

*Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties are not included in the Phase 1 Reopening.

To read the Governor’s Executive Order, visit

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 4.

For more information, visit and click on the Frequently Asked Questions for the Phase 1 Reopening, review the Task Force report and the Governor’s presentation.

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