Community Impacts & Restrictions

Impacts for Residents & Businesses

We encourage our residents to follow all of the guidelines, executive orders and policies issued by Federal, State, County and City agencies. These restrictions are set with the goal of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communicates. Different restrictions are issued by different governing bodies so we have compiled a list of the current impacts that have been designated for our community. 

Face Covering Order

On April 10, 2020, the Executive Policy Group for  signed Executive Order 4 pertaining to COVID-19, asking residents to wear cloth facial coverings in public places. This Executive Order remains goes into effect on April 13, 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice.

Please visit our Facial Covering FAQ page for details on what is considered a facial covering as well as exceptions.

Plan to Reopen Florida’s Economy- Phase 1

On April 29, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-112, recommending the start of Phase 1 of the plan to reopen Florida’s economy. 

 

On May 15, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-123, recommending for Florida to enter into a "full Phase 1" of the plan to reopen Florida’s economy effective Monday, May 18.  

 

These executive orders include the following adjustments and transitions:

  1. Schools remain distance learning.

  2. Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.

  3. Elective surgeries can resume.

  4. Restaurants offer outdoor seating with six-foot space between tables and indoor seating at 50% capacity.

  5. Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity.

  6. Gyms & fitness centers can operate at 50% capacity as long as they adopt safety measures including appropriate social distancing for classes and sufficient cleaning supplies to ensure individuals may clean equipment after each use. 

  7. Barbershops and salons can operate by appointment only (with 15 minutes of extra space between each appointment). Barbershop and salon staff must wear face coverings and clean equipment in between appointments. 

  8. Museums and libraries can operate at 50% capacity.

  9. No change for bars, gyms, and personal services such as hairdressers.

  10. Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with the public outside the home.

  11. All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others.

  12. Avoid socializing in groups of more than ten (10) people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.

  13. Face coverings are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where you cannot socially distance.

Requirements, Restrictions & Questions
 

  • How does this impact medical and health providers? Medical services, including elective procedures, surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental offices, orthodontic offices, endodontic offices and other health care practitioners offices, may fully reopen. As a condition of resuming elective procedures, hospitals will be required to assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in their efforts to protect the vulnerable. 

  • What about vacation rentals? Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator with the County's safety plan for vacation rental operation.
     

  • What businesses will remain closed? Bars and nightclubs will remain closed during Phase 1. 
     

  • Are there minimum health protocols that must be met to open my business? Yes, the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 requires appropriate social distancing and limits groups to ten (10) people or fewer. Regulated businesses should adhere to agency guidance. Additionally, businesses should consult with the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
     

  • Do temperature checks need to be done? For restaurants, employee protocols remain in place under the Governor’s Executive Order. Other businesses should adopt appropriate measures based on CDC guidance

Barbershops & Salons

On May 9, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-120, regarding the reopening of barbershops and salons in the State of Florida and the restrictions that those businesses must follow as they reopen. 

Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons: 

  • All customers will be by appointment only. 

  • Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices. 

  • No group appointments are permitted. 

  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services. 

 

Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance: 

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect before reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools, and linens, even if they were cleaned before you initially closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation. 

  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment. 

  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus, and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas. 

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