Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: As of July 9, officials in Florida, US, maintain COVID-19-related restrictions in places. Some counties increase restrictions.

  • Alert Begins: 09 Jul 2020 01:50 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 20 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Florida (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions, business disruptions

As of July 9, authorities in Florida have maintained statewide restrictions, while several counties have increased restrictions within their jurisdictions, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Florida remains on Phase 2 of its economic recovery plan since June 5, under which indoor entertainment businesses, such as movie theaters may open at 50 percent capacity, dine-in services at restaurants may operate at 50 percent capacity, and personal care businesses, gyms, and retail stores may operate at full capacity, as long as they ensure social distancing measures. Amusement parks can also operate. Gatherings of more than 50 people are discouraged. Since June 26, state authorities have ordered nightclubs and bars that earn more than half of their income on the sale of alcohol, to suspend the sale of alcohol on-site. Authorities have also urged all residents to wear facemasks whenever social distancing is not possible. All residents 65 years and older, and those with underlying medical conditions, are encouraged to limit interactions outside their households, avoid crowds, and avoid crowded spaces.

State officials also maintain in place until further notice an order for travelers entering the state from New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The order does not apply to persons employed by airlines or those performing military, emergency, or health service. It also does not apply to people involved in commercial activity, students traveling for academic work, or any program approved by an educational institution.

Additionally, authorities in several major counties have imposed additional restrictions due to increases in COVID-19 activity. Officials in Miami-Dade issued orders to increase restrictions starting July 9: movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other indoor entertainment venues, banquet halls, ballrooms must close; all employees and customers must wear face masks whenever they are indoors at gyms and fitness centers, and restaurants and cafeterias must limit dine-in services to outdoor seating between 0600-2200. Food establishments can remain open between 2200-0600 but only to offer delivery and pickup services. Officials have also limited the number of people allowed in short-time rentals. A nightly curfew between 2200-0600 remains in place. All residents are ordered to wear face masks whenever in public, indoors, and outdoors.

In Broward County, officials have ordered starting July 10 the closure of banquet halls, and movie theaters and all residents must wear facemasks whenever in indoor public spaces and in outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. Restaurants may continue to offer indoor dine-in services, but only between 0500-2200. Authorities in Palm Beach County have ordered the use of facemasks whenever in public, and in Hillsborough County, facemasks are required within businesses.

Transport and business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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