FRLA Statement on Governor Ron DeSantis’ Plan for Florida’s Recovery: “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.”

April 29, 2020

Ashley Chambers

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 and announced a gradual re-opening of Florida businesses beginning Monday, May 4, in all Florida counties except for Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward, which will be phased in at a later date.

The Executive Order permits restaurants to open indoor seating at 25% capacity with six-foot distancing between tables and parties no larger than 10. It also allows for outdoor seating with appropriate social distancing.

“I want to thank Governor DeSantis for his measured and thoughtful approach to safely re-opening Florida businesses,” said Carol Dover, President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Our hospitality industry is eager to welcome guests, within social distancing guidelines, and get back to what we are so good at – creating memorable experiences for those we serve. We have full confidence that Governor DeSantis and this Administration will lead the tourism state we are so proud of back to economic vitality.”

To read the full Executive Order and the Executive Office of the Governor FAQs, click here. For FRLA FAQs on re-opening, click here.