For information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida, visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at http://www.floridahealth.gov/COVID-19.

CURRENT STATUS OF DEPARTMENT OFFICE LOCATIONS

Effective March 19, 2020, all DBPR offices are temporarily restricted to employee access only.  Customer service remains available by phone and through DBPR Online Services for all applicants and license holders. To monitor the current status of DBPR office locations throughout the state, please check the DBPR Office Status Updates.

 

EXECUTIVE ORDERS OF GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS RELATED TO DBPR STAKEHOLDERS
For a complete listing of executive orders of Governor Ron DeSantis and emergency orders of other state agencies related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, please see the COVID-19 Resources at www.flgov.com.

Executive Order 20-94: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
Executive Order 20-94 suspends certain causes of action for a period of 45 days to provide targeted, temporary relief from specified mortgage foreclosures and evictions, without relieving an individual’s obligation to make mortgage payments and rent payments.

Executive Order 20-91 – Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency
Executive Order 20-91 directs that 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.   The order specifies the meaning of “essential services” and “essential activities” for purposes of the conduct limited by the order.  By direction of the order, the State Coordinating Officer will maintain an online list of essential services with any approved additions that will be available on the websites of the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health.  The order encourages all businesses or organizations to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.  The order affirms that the restrictions on restaurants and alcohol sales as imposed by Executive Order 20-68 and Executive Order 20-71 remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

Executive Order 20-89: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Public Access Restrictions in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties
Executive Order 20-89 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 and orders prior to the date of Executive Order 20-89.  County administrators in these counties may determine additional “essential” retail and commercial establishments – or other institutions providing essential services – that shall not be subject to complete closure.  To review local directives from these counties, visit the COVID-19 information page for: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, or Monroe County.

Executive Order 20-87: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures
Executive Order 20-87 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 and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of the order. If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87, please report the information here.

Executive Order 20-71: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
Executive Order 20-71 suspends the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises at all licensed alcoholic beverage vendor premises.  The order provides that such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises.  The order also allows a specially licensed food service establishment to make package sales of alcoholic beverages under certain conditions, notwithstanding the restrictions in section 561.20(2)(a)4., F.S.  The order provides authority for licensed alcoholic beverage vendors to request the return of undamaged products purchased for events cancelled in response to COVID-19, subject to conditions and recordkeeping requirements specified in the order.  The order clarifies that retail stores and vendors that currently sell sealed containers of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption may continue such sales.  Regarding restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, F.S., the order suspends on-premises food consumption for customers while allowing the establishment to operate the kitchen for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services.  The order also directs the closure of gymnasium and fitness centers within the State of Florida, with exceptions for certain facilities identified in the order. If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-71, please report the information here.

Executive Order 20-70: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
Executive Order 20-70 closes on-premises service of customers at all restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, night clubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, and any other alcohol and/or food service business establishment with seating for more than ten people within the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Broward County and Palm Beach County.  These establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery, pick-up or take-out services.  The order does not apply to restaurants that ancillary to essential services, including airports, port facilities, secure facilities and hospitals.  The order also directs the closure of all movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches, with exceptions for certain facilities identified in the order.

Executive Order 20-68: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Regarding Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs; Beaches; and Restaurants 
Executive Order 20-68 directs restrictions on the operations of certain bars, pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Executive Order 20-52: Emergency Management – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Executive Order 20-52 directs the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate the Florida Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to a Level II, to coordinate the state’s response to COVID-19.

Executive Order 20-51: COVID-19 Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
Executive Order 20-51 directs the State Surgeon General to declare a public health emergency.

 

DEPARTMENT EMERGENCY ORDERS

DBPR Emergency Order 2020-04 – Issued March 27, 2020
DBPR Emergency Order 2020-04 suspends certain conditions of the emergency powers of the association board of a condominium, cooperative, or homeowners’ association to allow the exercise of these powers during the state of emergency unless specifically prohibited by the provisions of the association’s governing documents.  The order suspends and tolls the timing requirements pertaining to the preparation, submittal, or filing of certain financial reports and statements of a condominium association, cooperative association, or timeshare plan.  The order waives the assessment of pilotage earned by harbor pilots for March and April, 2020, and extends the deadline for the filing of a harbor pilot’s annual earnings statement from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.  The order suspends any restriction of chapter 474, F.S., or chapter 61G-18, F.A.C. which would prohibit an active Florida-licensed veterinarian from practicing telemedicine on a patient.

DBPR Emergency Order 2020-03 – Issued March 23, 2020
DBPR Emergency Order 2020-03 suspends and tolls through May 31, 2020, the following: all time requirements, notice requirements, and deadlines for final agency action on applications for permits, licenses, rates, and other approvals under any statutes or rules for which such applications are deemed approved unless disapproved in writing by specified deadlines; all final orders reflecting final agency action; all time requirements, notice requirements and deadlines for filing responses to notices of intended agency action pursuant to s. 120.569, Florida Statutes; and all deadlines for licensure eligibility and examination eligibility.

DBPR Emergency Order 2020-02 – Issued March 23, 2020
DBPR Emergency Order 2020-02 suspends the provisions of section 499.006(9), Florida Statutes, as they relate to the expiration date of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries or illnesses, including filtering facepiece respirators such as N-95 respirators and surgical masks.

DBPR Emergency Order 2020-01 – Issued March 16, 2020
DBPR Emergency Order 2020-01 suspends the license renewal deadline for a period of 30 days following the existing renewal deadline for any license, permit, registration, or certificate with an expiration occurring in March or April.  The order also provides that license renewal requirements for completion of continuing education, if applicable, are also suspended for the same time period.

 

GUIDANCE ON STATE EMERGENCY DIRECTIVES RELATED TO BUSINESSES

DBPR – Frequently Asked Questions re: EO 20-71 Related to Restaurants and Alcoholic Beverage Vendors (posted 03.26.2020)

DBPR – Frequently Asked Questions re: Building Permits, Building Inspections, And Construction Job Sites (03.20.2020)

 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSING BOARD MEETING UPDATES AND SCHEDULE CHANGES

Department Board Meeting Updates

 

LICENSING EXAMS AND TESTING UPDATES AND SCHEDULE CHANGES

  • Deputy Harbor Pilots:  The Deputy Harbor Pilot exams for the Ports of Canaveral, Everglades and Tampa will proceed this week in Orlando. A makeup exam will not be administered.
  • The Construction Industry Licensing Board:  The Construction Industry Licensing Board has canceled the plumbing examination on April 14 & 15, 2020 in Kissimmee, Florida. The examination will be rescheduled in either June or August, 2020. If you wish to schedule an alternate examination date or have any questions regarding this communication, please contact Professional Testing at (407) 264-0562.
  • National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG): The ASBOG exam scheduled for March 20 in Kissimmee has been rescheduled to October 2, 2020.
  • Pearson-Vue is closing their testing centers beginning March 17 through at least April 16, 2020. Cancelation notices will be sent out to those that have already scheduled and those candidates can receive a refund or reschedule their testing date after April 16. License testing provided by Pearson-Vue for the following license types: Asbestos, Auctioneer, Barber, Building Code, Community Association Managers, Construction – minus Plumbing, Cosmetology, Electrical, Landscape Architects, Real Estate & Appraisers, Veterinary Medicine, and Drugs, Devices and Cosmetic licenses
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to administer the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE): Effective March 18, 2020, all Prometric test centers in the United States and Canada will be closed for 30 days.  Prometric is the test vendor used by the NCARB to administer the Architectural Registration Examination.  For additional questions or concerns, please contact NCARB or Prometric.

 

OTHER EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey
The Florida Business Damage Assessment survey has been activated to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.  The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.  For details on eligibility requirements and the loan process, visit: https://floridadisasterloan.org/.

Reemployment Assistance Program Resources Administered Through Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
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.  For more information, review the FDEO Reemployment Assistance FAQS.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that Florida small businesses that are being economically impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans.  Loans of up to $2 million are available to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses for small businesses statewide that have been impacted since January 31, as well as for private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises.  For more information regarding the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, please visit: SBA Disaster Loan Assistance.

Florida Small Business Development Center – Disaster Recovery Consulting Services
The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) provides no-cost, one-on-one confidential consulting to help small businesses prepare disaster loan applications and assist with other post-disaster challenges.  To consult with a FSBDC disaster recovery specialist, review the FSBDC Network Locations and contact the office serving your county.

Florida Department of Revenue Taxpayer Information Regarding COVID-19
The Florida Department of Revenue has extended certain filing deadlines for Florida businesses related to sales and use tax, tourist development tax, solid waste fees, and prepaid wireless E911 fees.  To review additional guidance and updated deadlines for these tax filings, please visit the DOR Taxpayer Information Regarding COVID-19.

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