• Florida Chamber COVID-19 Update: Aug. 7, 2020

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    August 07, 2020
    COVID-19 By The Numbers
     
     
    Included in Today's Update:
     
    Latest COVID-19 Numbers • Governor Updates Restaurant Requirements, Removes Travel Restrictions • Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Starts Today • Complete Florida COVID-19 Business Snapshot Survey • New Toll Roads May Be One of the Answers to Growth & Development in Florida's Infrastructure
     
     
    COVID BY THE NUMBERS: FLORIDA'S DAY 158
     
     
    It’s Day 158 and we are continuing to see a downward trend in the number of average new daily cases in Florida. This downward trend is a sign that following our CDC and DOH guidelines, like practicing social distancingwearing protective masks, and vigorous hand washing is very important and is proving to make a difference. 
     
    As we begin to face the challenges of returning to classrooms later this month, we will all face new challenges regardless of what the “classroom” looks like for each of us. It is more important than ever to follow safety guidelines and protective measures with your family and community, as we are facing a crucial time where taking care of ourselves and others must continue to be a priority. It is natural to feel changes as the school year approaches, and to fall into the trap of believing the pandemic is over. But we must dedicate ourselves every day to taking every precaution to keep our state safe – no exceptions.  
     
    On a lighter note, one of the questions we are often asked is if there is going to be a college football season. Conferences like the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 have announced plans for games this season, while individual schools and states are determining how to most safely have games. The SEC plans to only play conference games, meaning the biggest in-state rivalry, Florida versus Florida State, is unlikely to happen. However, Governor Ron DeSantis went on the record yesterday pushing for this game to happen during a press conference on high school sports. I know we are all looking for a return to normalcy, and while we all need to continue to do our part, the signal that football season might happen is a bit of a bright light at the end of the tunnel for many, even if it looks different this year.
     
     
    Please find the latest COVID-19 numbers on Day 158 below:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    • Florida Cases: 510,389 (+ 7,650)
    • Avg. Daily New Cases: 8,608.6 (- 185.7)
    • Hospitalized: 29,131 (+ 558)
    • Total People Tested:  3,863,276
    • Percent Positive: 13.2% (+ 0%)
    • Florida Deaths: 7,747 (+ 120)
     
     
    Want to know how your county is trending?
    Our COVID-19 County Level Tracker is free and available 24-7, and is based on the latest data available.
     
     
     
    GOVERNOR UPDATES RESTAURANT REQUIREMENTS, REMOVES TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
     
    On Thursday, August 6, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-192, which updates requirements for restaurants and lifts travel restrictions from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. As Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance has evolved from learning more about COVID-19, the Executive Order amends previous language related to restaurant employee screening and requires the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to ensure restaurants implement employee screening protocols based on current CDC guidance. As a reminder, Florida remains in Phase 2 of reopening under the Governor’s Smart. Safe. Step-by-Step. Plan. Additionally, the order (20-192) lifts the quarantine and shelter in place requirements for people traveling into Florida from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor and advise on any updated guidance or rules issued by the Governor or government agencies.
     
     
     
    BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND STARTS TODAY
     
    As parents, teachers and students prepare for the new school year, this weekend is the perfect time to shop for necessary supplies. The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday runs August 7-9th and exempts certain items from sales tax, including computers, clothing and other school supplies. This year, the Florida Department of Revenue has determined that masks are considered clothing and will also be included in this year’s holiday due to COVID-19. School supplies selling for less than $15 per item; clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less; and the first $1,000 in sales price for personal computers or tablets are exempt from sales tax. For more information on sales tax exemptions, visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s website.
     
     
     
    HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED YOUR SMALL BUSINESS? PLEASE COMPLETE OUR FLORIDA AUGUST BUSINESS SNAPSHOT SURVEY BELOW:
     
    Florida’s job creators are going through unforeseen and unprecedented times. As we work with lawmakers to advocate the best course of action, please take a few minutes and give us a snapshot of what your business, and your employees, are going through. If your business has taken extraordinary measures, or if you have an employee you want to highlight who has gone above and beyond, we want to hear their story as well. Our August survey marks our sixth month since Florida’s first COVID-19 case and we need an updated “snapshot” of what job creators are doing, have done, and what your needs are going forward. We’re stronger together and we’re in this until we’re through it.
    Take the Survey
     
     
     
     
    As we go into the weekend, please continue to use caution doing the basics such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and regular, vigorous hand washing. And, please continue to read and share this update with your executive team, family, and friends, and encourage them to sign-up to receive their personal copy.
     
    The Chamber team is here to work with you as we unite Florida business for good and keep moving forward. If you have any suggestions or questions at any time, I invite you to email me directly at mwilson@flchamber.com.
     
     
    My best,
     
    Mark Wilson
    President & CEO
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