Florida Heading Into Phase 3

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September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis approved going to Phase 3 immediately. The changes Phase 3 allows are listed below.

Phases For Re-Opening PHASE 3

Phase 3 will begin after the successful conclusion of Phase 2, which includes a downward trajectory of the syndromic and epidemiology criteria while maintaining adequate health care capacity. This will occur when there is no evidence of a rebound or resurgence of COVID-19 cases and satises the benchmarks outlined in this Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.plan.

The Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan sets forth minimum recommended health protocols. Individuals and businesses should adhere to all public guidance by federal, state and local ofcials, including state regulatory agencies.

INDIVIDUALS

Vulnerable Populations

Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) can resume public interactions, but should practice social distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed. Vulnerable populations should afrmatively inform their employer that they are a member of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly.

Social Gatherings

Non-vulnerable populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

Travel

Non-essential travel may continue.

EMPLOYERS

Telework

Employees should resume unrestricted stafng of worksites and implement the nal phasing in of employees returning to work. For vulnerable populations, teleworking can be considered.

Employee Screening

Employers should take prudent and practical measures to ensure employees do not enter the premises if they believe they are infected with COVID-19 or show symptoms of inuenza like illness.

Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.

PLAN FOR FLORIDA’S RECOVERY

REPORT TO GOVERNOR DESANTIS FROM THE RE-OPEN FLORIDA TASK FORCE 27

The Plan: Phase 3 (continued)

Travel

Employees should resume non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

Local Government Meetings

These meetings should return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.

OTHER

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Restaurants

Restaurants and food service establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should continue to be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus shall be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Gyms and fitness centers should open to full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.

Recreation

  • Ÿ  State Parks: State parks should be fully opened, including overnight accommodations.

  • Ÿ  Public Beaches: Beaches should remain fully opened.

  • Ÿ  Large Venues: (i.e. movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, casinos) These venues should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols.

    Large Sporting Events and Theme Parks

  • Ÿ  Large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.

  • Ÿ  Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.

REPORT TO GOVERNOR DESANTIS FROM THE RE-OPEN FLORIDA TASK FORCE 28

The Plan: Phase 3 (continued)

Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals.

Personal Services Businesses

Personal Services Businesses, such as cosmetology salons, barber shops and nail salons, should operate under full capacity but should consider the following mitigation measures:

  • Ÿ  Continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.

  • Ÿ  Regularly clean and disinfect working stations and equipment between interactions

    with customers to the greatest frequency feasible.

  • Ÿ  Remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

    Retail Businesses

    Operators of retail businesses should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.