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  • Florida Entering Phase 3 Effective Immediately

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    September 25, 2020

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      Governor DeSantis Announces Florida Entering Phase 3 Immediately
    Dear Chandra:

    This afternoon, 207 days since Florida’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases, Governor DeSantis held a press conference in St. Petersburg to announce Florida will be entering Phase 3 of reopening effective immediately. There will be no restrictions on restaurants from a state level and if there are local limitations, they are not allowed to restrict capacity below 50%. DeSantis highlighted that this was needed for business certainty and will help restaurants statewide get back on their feet. DeSantis doesn’t think it is viable to wait for a vaccine to move forward, encouraging NFL teams in the state to welcome fans and said that even banquet halls have a right to operate. When asked about a second wave, the Governor said that while the state is prepared, there hasn’t been any evidence of a true second wave anywhere.

    While the order also prohibits local governments from collecting fines stemming from such pandemic-related mandates as mask requirements, the Florida Chamber encourages business leaders to continue following the recommended guidelines of wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding large crowds. We have made significant progress with COVID-19 cases in Florida and we want to be sure Florida’s economy can keep moving forward. If you need to download the Florida Safety Council’s free Guide to Returning to Work Safely During COVID-19 Playbook, click here.
    Remember, Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and our research team continue to analyze COVID-19 data and report on it daily at TheFloridaScoreCard.org. It is important to also 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.

    If you haven’t registered for the 2020 Virtual Future of Florida Forum and Annual Meeting Oct. 20-22, be sure you register soon. We will be discussing the reopening and relaunching of Florida with presentations from leaders of industry, elected officials and more. Please register here so you can join the conversation.
    You can view Governor DeSantis’ press conference in its entirety here.

    My best,

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