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Key Takeaways from May 15th "Relaunch Florida" Florida Chamber Webinar
Published Friday, May 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us for this morning's webinar on relaunching Florida's economy. Since the first reported case of COVID-19 in Florida 74 days ago, the Florida Chamber has encouraged Floridians to follow the facts, not fear to guide our decision making. Shortly after we concluded our webinar, I watched Governor DeSantis announce that we are moving further into the White House's phasing criteria and have now moved from a partial Phase One to what he termed a "Full Phase One."

Beginning Monday, May 18, Florida will enter into a "Full Phase One" of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan. Specifically, the Governor announced, by industry, the following:                  

  • Safety at long-term care facilities continues to be a top priority, and these facilities will continue to have a multi-pronged approach to ensuring patient and employee safety.
  • Restaurants will be able to open up to 50 percent capacity for indoor seating with appropriate social distancing or the use of partitions in between tables. Restaurants may continue to allow additional patrons to sit outside.
  • Retail will be able to open up to 50 percent capacity.
  • Museums and libraries can open up to 50 percent capacity, as determined by local officials.
  • Gyms and fitness centers are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity as long as social distancing is practiced and sanitation of machines occurs in between use.
  • Professional sports teams are allowed to practice and play games/matches without spectators.
  • Amusement parks can submit plans to the state related to a reopening, which includes the date they can reopen safely, a plan on how to keep employees and visitors safe, and the plan must include an endorsement letter from the County Mayor (or City Mayor or County Administrator if no County Mayor).
  • Movie theaters and bars are not reopening at this time. Drive-in movie theaters are allowed.
  • Counties can submit plans to the state to allow for the reopening of short-term vacation rentals that include a safety plan and who they are hoping to open rentals to.
  • Although no changes were announced, Governor DeSantis indicated that a decision on summer camps may be forthcoming and expressed an appreciation on the value of those activities being available to children.

It is expected that an Executive Order will be issued that will provide further details later today or over the weekend.  

With the continued relaunch of Florida's economy, and by moving further into the phasing structure, more businesses, now in all 67 counties, will have the opportunity to infuse life back into their operations and gradually reopen while following proper safety guidelines for their employees and customers.

Key 'Relaunch Florida' webinar takeaways included: 

  • The latest updates as we move closer to Phase Two of Governor DeSantis' plan to relaunch Florida's economy,
  • The latest county-by-county data on COVID-19 and its impact on Florida's economy. Visit the Florida county level trend tracker at to learn more, and
  • Insight on the latest guidelines from the EPA and CDC on cleaning and disinfecting in the workplace and at home. Click here to learn more.                   

As Florida continues on the path forward to safely relaunching Florida's economy, the Florida Chamber will remain on the frontlines to ensure we advance Governor DeSantis' strategy, one community at a time. We hope to see you on a future webinar. And remember, we will get through this together.

Click here to view this morning's recorded webinar and the best slides from the presentation.

Save the Date - Be sure to mark your calendars for the Florida Chamber's next scheduled webinar on Florida's economy, COVID-19 and other topics on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. Additional details to be provided in the coming days. 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Center - To assist Chamber members in better understanding how to implement Governor DeSantis' "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" plan in your business, the Florida Chamber has developed this Frequently Asked Questions resource just for you.

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