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On April 29th, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-112, which puts “Phase 1” of his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery” into effect on May 4th.
“Phase 1” reopens certain businesses that were previously deemed nonessential in all counties except Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Some highlights of the Executive Order include:
Throughout the state, healthcare offices, including surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental offices, orthodontic offices, and endodontic offices, may now fully reopen. Healthcare providers may also offer previously banned elective services, so long as, among other requirements, certain measures are in place resource-wise that allow the provider to immediately convert care beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients in a surge capacity situation.
There are no changes to the previous Stay-At-Home Order for bars, gyms, and personal services.
Those violating the Executive Order may be subject to criminal penalties.