Businesses and Employers


Governor DeSantis announced Phase 1 of the Plan for Florida’s Recovery which took effect May 4, 2020 and was subsequently updated with changes taking effect May 11.

See the Governor’s Actions and Emergency Orders for the latest guidance for businesses in Florida.


On April 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis directed all individuals in the state of Florida to limit their movements and personal interaction outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services. Review federal guidance on essential infrastructure. See a list of businesses and industries considered essential services. Determine if your business is essential.


If your business has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible for assistance for Florida businesses. See more information.


If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. See more information.


Preparing Workplaces for a COVID-19 Outbreak

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 . Employers should plan to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of disease transmission in the community and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most American workers will likely experience low or medium exposure risk levels at their job or place of employment (see OSHA guidance for employers for more information about job risk classifications).

All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in their workplace. This may include activities in one or more of the following areas:

  • reduce transmission among employees,
  • maintain healthy business operations, and
  • maintain a healthy work environment.

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine risk of COVID-19 infection. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.


Guidance for Building Water Systems – CDC website  This resource provides important information which will assist building owners and prevent the potential for Legionaire’s disease upon facility reopening.

Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic – FEMA website

See more information for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. – CDC Website

This virus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person-to-person. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Respiratory swabs (nose and throat) are collected by a health care provider and sent to a private laboratory or one of the state public health laboratories for COVID-19 testing.

To be tested for COVID-19 an order from a healthcare provider is usually required. Your healthcare provider can either collect a sample for testing in their office or provide an order to obtain testing at an alternative testing site. Most testing sites require an order from a healthcare provider, and for an appointment to be scheduled in advance, though there a number of sites that will test regardless of symptoms and without an appointment. The locations of COVID-19 testing is decided and coordinated at the local community level. Visit this website for more information concerning state supported testing sites. For additional testing sites, the best option is to do an online search for “COVID-19 test sites” in your city or county.

The provider/facility that ordered and/or collected the test will provide the results. The COVID19 Call Center cannot provide results, tell you exactly when or how you’ll get your results, or expedite results. For information regarding your test contact the provider/facility that ordered and/or collected the test.

The length of time that the virus survives likely depends on factors. These factors could include the type of material or body fluid containing the virus and various environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions are designing standardized experiments to measure how long COVID-19 can survive in situations that simulate natural environmental conditions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list of disinfectant products can be found at

According to Executive order 20-112 starting May 4, all persons in Florida should avoid congregating in large groups. Groups of greater than 10 are not permitted to congregate in any public space that does not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

Per the Safe. Smart. Step-by Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery all individuals should continue to maximize physical distance from others in public, particularly in enclosed environments. Individuals should avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet.

The decision concerning a specific event or location is made by local authorities, please review your local government website or contact your local government for local information.

Domestic Travel: The COVID-19 outbreak in United States is a rapidly evolving situation. The status of the outbreak varies by location and state and local authorities are updating their guidance frequently. The White House’s Opening Up America Again plan means some parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. Check with the state or local authorities where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination to learn about local circumstances and any restrictions that may be in place.

International Travel: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information, visit the Department of State website.

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