State of Florida Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Emergency

Active Executive orders

All State of Florida Executive Orders and Emergency Orders are located on the state's COVID-19 Resources page. 

Executive Order 20-159 Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 7/1/2020
Original Expiry Date: 8/1/2020
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Extends Executive Order 20-94, as extended by Executive Orders 20-121 and 20-137

Executive Order 20-149 Emergency Management- COVID-19 - General and Primary Elections
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 6/17/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Vote-by-Mail may begin earlier than June 22.  State employees encouraged to work as poll work in the county they are an elector in. They may use Administrative Leave for training (up to 10 hours) and for working the polls (up to 16 hours), subject to approval by their supervisor. Not applicable to Early Voting. FL DMS will provide guidance.
All municipalities and counties asked to encourage their employees to fulfill poll worker duties.  Each Supervisor of Elections will ensure proper social distancing and cleaning procedures for voting locations. FL DMS and FDEM will ensure that poll workers have PPE, hand sanitizer, etc.  Encourages all school districts to close K-12 schools that are used as precinct polling locations on Primary and General Election days. School calendars shall be adjusted. Encourages school staff to act as poll workers on those days. Supervisor of Elections will make appropriate notices to the public.

Executive Order 20-139 Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 6/5/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

All persons should follow social distancing and safety protocols and avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Long-term care facility workers should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis. In-store retail businesses, gyms and fitness centers, should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols. Restaurants and bars may operate at 50% indoors, excluding employees. This does not apply to nightclubs. Pari-mutuel facilities may request to operate via mayor or County Administrator, in written request to DBPR. Entertainment businesses (movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades) may operate at 50% of their building capacity. Personal services (tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage) may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by FDOH. More details in this presentation


Executive Order 20-131 Expanding Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 5/22/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, and child care. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may operate.

Executive Order 20-123 Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 5/18/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Restaurants and retail may operate at 50% indoor capacity with spacing or with partition. Museums and libraries may open at 50% capacity, only if permitted by local government. Gyms can operate with social distancing & sanitizing. DBPR will provide best practices. Amusement Parks can submit reopening plans to State with estimated date to reopen, plans of protection for staff and crowds. Professional sports may operate and venues may host training, events and games. Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with plan submitted to DBPR. Local government public meetings may continue to be virtual.


Executive Order 20-122 Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 5/18/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Restrictions in Section 2(A)(2) of Executive Order 20-112 no longer applies to Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Allowances may now be made by local leadership for restaurants, retail stores, museums, libraries and other businesses

Executive Order 20-120 Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 5/11/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Lifts restriction on EO 20-112 Sect 2A(2) regarding Palm Beach County. Barbershops and Cosmetology Salons may open with social distancing and precautionary measures. Additional guidance provided by DBPR and FAQs

Executive Order 20-114 Emergency Management – Extension of Executive Order 20-52 – COVID-19
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 5/8/2020
Original Expiry Date: 7/7/2020
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Extends duration of EO 20-52 by 60 days, and EOs extended by EO 20-112.

Executive Order 20-112 Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Current Status: Active;  Sec 2A(2) superseded by EO 20-122 
Effective: 5/4/2020
Original Expiry Date: none, TBD
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Phase 1 of the plan published by the Task Force to Re-Open Florida:
Directs all persons in Florida to limit their personal interactions outside the home
All persons in Florida should avoid congregating in large groups; avoid nonessential travel; adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation for 14 days following travel.
Restaurants may open at 25% capacity indoors, and fully outdoors, with 6-feet social distancing and sanitation procedures
Retail stores, museums, libraries may open at 25% capacity with social distancing and sanitation procedures, with all interactive areas closed; decision is at local government discretion
Bars, gyms, and personal services such as salons are to remain closed
Visits to senior living and long-term facilities are prohibited 
Elective surgeries may resume if the facility has capacity and enough PPE

Executive Order 20-104 Emergency Temporary Action Related to Unemployment Compensation - COVID-19
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 4/16/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Suspends the biweekly reporting requirement by claimants of "actively seeking work" requirement, only to the extent necessary. This suspension is on an emergency temporary basis as needed to respond to the spread of COVID-I9.

Executive Order 20-97 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Municipal Elections in Pasco County
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 4/8/2020
Original Expiry Date: none, TBD
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Declares election emergency in Pasco County. Municipal elections scheduled on April 14, 2020, for the cities of San Antonio, Dade City, and Zephyrhills in Pasco County, are hereby delayed.

Executive Order 20-95 COVID-19 Emergency Order - Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 4/3/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

The assessment and collection of taxation imposed under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes, is suspended for all notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act. The Department of Revenue shall issue an emergency order establishing that taxation imposed under Chapter 201 , Florida Statutes, for notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act is not owed as a result of the above suspension.


Executive Order 20-94 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
Current Status: Active, extended by EO 20-121, 20-137 and 20-159
Effective: 4/2/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/16/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 8/1/2020

Suspends and toll any statute providing for a mortgage foreclosure cause of action, and for evictions under Florida law solely as it relates to non-payment of rent by residential tenants due to the COVID-19 emergency for 45 days from the date of this Executive Order, including any extensions. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed as relieving an individual from their obligation to make mortgage payments or rent payments.


Executive Order 20-93 COVID-19 Emergency Order - Reemployment Assistance Program
Current Status: Active 
Effective: 4/2/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Directs all executive agency heads, in consultation with DMS, to identify and deploy executive agency personnel to assist DEO with their reemployment assistance efforts, including call center operations and other citizen services. Assigned personnel shall, to the extent reasonable, cease their current governmental responsibilities and fully devote their services to the DEO program. Directs CareerSource Florida to assist DEO with dissemination and collection of paper applications. DEO shall immediately procure additional capacity, software, technology and other resources to ensure the state's reemployment assistance call center, website, and staff accommodate the increasing volume of applications/queries.


Executive Order 20-91 Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency (Safer at Home)
Current Status: Active with provisions from EO 20-112 
Effective: 4/3/2020
Original Expiry Date: 4/30/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Safer At Home:  Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities
Essential Services: 
Includes those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders. The online list shall be available on FDEM’s website at www.floridadisaster.org and FDOH’s website at www.floridahealth.gov
this Order encourages individuals to work from home if possible.
All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out, or outside curbside service, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.
Essential Activities:
Attending religious services; recreational activities (with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; taking care of pets; caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend; other activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer.
A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space. 

Executive Order 20-89 Emergency Management- COVID-19 - Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County Public Access Restrictions
Current Status: see EO 20-112
Effective: 3/30/2020
Original Expiry Date: 4/15/2020
Extension Expiry Date: see EO 20-112

Orders Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Monroe County to restrict public access to businesses and facilities deemed non-essential pursuant to the guidelines established by Miami-Dade County pursuant to its March 19, 2020 Emergency Order 07-20, and as modified by subsequent amendments

Executive Order 20-88 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Re-employment of Essential Personnel
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/30/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Declares that certain FRS employees who have retired or are slated to retire prior to August 1 may be re-employed to assist the COVID-19 emergency response. Applies to employees in the following mission-critical categories: law enforcement officers, first responders, emergency management and public safety personnel, health and medical professionals and other critical COVID-19 response personnel as identified and determined by a state agency head.

Executive Order 20-87 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Vacation Rental Closures
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/27/2020
Original Expiry Date: 4/10/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Orders all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings or accepting new guests for check-in.  Includes rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment that is rented less than 30 days, regularly advertised for guest rental and regulated by DBPR. This order does not include: hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, time share projects; long-term rentals; or housing for military, emergency, governmental, health or infrastructure response, or travelers engaged in non-vacation commercial activities.

Executive Order 20-86 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/27/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Directs all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include Louisiana, inclusive of those entering Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the person's presence in Florida, whichever is shorter, takes effect immediately and retroactively for previous 14 days. These persons must also inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread. Directs establishment of roadway checkpoints for persons and vehicles entering Florida, requires those persons to provide information on the origin of their travel and their location of isolation or quarantine for a period of 14 days.

Executive Order 20-85 Emergency Management - COVID-19- Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/26/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Authorizes telehealth services at no additional cost to State employees, amends state employee health benefits plan documents immediately and accordingly. Provision for immunizations to state employees via plan participating physician or pharmacy

Executive Order 20-83 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/24/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Public health advisory directed for all persons over 65 years of age and all persons that have a serious underlying medical condition, urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and urging all who can work from home to do so.

Executive Order 20-82 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/24/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Directs all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, including Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the person's presence in Florida, whichever is shorter, takes effect immediately and retroactively for previous 14 days. These persons must also inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread. Shall not apply to persons performing military, emergency or health response.

Executive Order 20-80 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Airport Screening and Isolation
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/23/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Directs all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, including Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the person's presence in Florida, whichever is shorter, takes effect immediately and retroactively for previous 14 days. Shall not apply to persons employed by the airlines and those performing military, emergency or health response.


Executive Order 20-71 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
Current Status: Active, excluding Sec 2 which is superseded by EO 20-112
Effective: 3/20/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: Sec 1 and 3: 7/7/2020

Orders all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises to suspend sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on premises, may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises. Prohibition of package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises is suspended for restaurants complying with EO 20-68, conditions apply. Allows licensed vendors of alcoholic beverages to request the return of undamaged alcoholic beverages purchased for events cancelled in response to COVID-19. Does not prohibit retail stores and vendors that currently sell sealed containers of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption from continuing such sales.
All restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, must suspend on-premises food consumption for customers (superseded by EO 20-112), but may operate kitchens for purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments for delivery or take-out services.
Orders the closure of gymnasiums and fitness centers.

Executive Order 20-69 Emergency Management- COVID-19 - Local Government Public Meetings
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/20/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Suspend any Florida Statute that requires a quorum to be present in person or requires a local government body to meet at a specific public place. Local government bodies may utilize communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing

Executive Order 20-68 Emergency Management- COVID-19 
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/17/2020
Original Expiry Date: 4/16/2020
Extension Expiry Date: Sec 1 and 3: 7/7/2020

Bars, Restaurants, Nightclubs that derive more than 50% of revenue from sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspend all sale for 30 days. Public beaches must follow CDC guidelines for distancing: no more than 10 people in a group, and distancing themselves 6 feet apart. Restaurants shall immediately limit its building occupancy to 50%, and must follow CDC guidelines for distancing DBPR shall ensure all restaurants implement employee screening and prohibit any employee from entering the restaurant premises if they meet any of the criteria for COVID-19 infection, exposure, including travel.

Executive Order 20-52 Emergency Management- COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/9/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 7/7/2020

Declares a state of emergency in the State of Florida. Designates Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director as State Coordinating Officer for the emergency, and State Health Officer and Surgeon General as a Deputy State Coordinating Officer and State Incident Commander, and Deputies
Seeks direct assistance and agreements with U.S. Government. Activates the Florida National Guard, as needed
Authorizes political subdivisions to waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required by law
Authorizes State agencies to close State buildings
Authorizes funds be made available by transferring and expending moneys appropriated for other purposes, moneys from unappropriated surplus funds, or from the Budget Stabilization Fund.
Authorizes medical professionals, social workers, and counselors with valid out-of-state licenses to render services if free of charge, under auspices of American Red Cross and FDOH

Executive Order 20-51 Establishes COVID-19 Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
Current Status: Active
Effective: 3/1/2020
Original Expiry Date: none
Extension Expiry Date: NA

Declares public health emergency in State of Florida. Gives authority to, and ratifies previous related activities of, State Health Officer and Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees to take any action necessary to protect public health and follow CDC guidelines to control spread of COVID-19. Designates the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as the lead state agency to coordinate and determine emergency response activities among state agencies and local governments, and to monitor all persons meeting the definition of a Person Under Investigation ("PUI") for COVID-19, including ensuring testing, isolation, and quarantine as needed

inactive executive orders

Executive Order 20-72 Emergency Management - COVID-19 - Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
Current Status : Superseded by EO 20-112
Effective: 3/20/2020
Original Expiry Date: 5/8/2020
Extension Expiry Date: 5/4/2020


All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners' offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety, or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.
All health care practitioners licensed in Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.
As articulated in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommendation, examples of procedures to delay may include, but are not limited to, some endoscopy, most cataract and lens surgeries, non-urgent spine and orthopedic procedures, and cosmetic procedures.
Permissible procedures include, but may not be limited to, removal of a cancerous tumors, transplants, limb-threatening vascular surgeries, trauma-related procedures, and dental care related to the relief of pain and management of infection.