Governor DeSantis Announces “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” Plan – Phase 2

The Suncoast Post is happy to share this information we got from Jacki Dezelski, IOM, President/CEO of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

The Governor’s plan focuses on Florida’s recovery and follows guiding principles for reopening. In addition to continuing to address critical health considerations and increased testing, Florida’s Phase 2 guidelines support the highest level of practicable business operations while maintaining health and safety.

To review the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-139 and full presentation for Phase 2, please visit RecoverManatee.com.

Phase 2 – Effective Friday, June 5

  • Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing.
  • Bars and pubs may operate at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Patrons may only receive service if seated.
  • Retail may operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health.
  • Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation.
  • Pari-mutuel facilities may submit a request to open to Department of Business and Professional Regulation (must include endorsement from county mayor or county administrator if no mayor).
  • Individuals over 65 or with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • All individuals that work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
  • All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.
  • Florida universities to submit plan to re-open on June 23, 2020.

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Congress has approved the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010) which provides greater flexibility and time for borrowers to use the funds as intended – keeping employees on the payroll. The legislation extends the forgiveness period that borrowers can spend funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks and lessens the payroll expenditure requirement from 75% to 60%. In terms of forgiveness requirements for headcount levels, borrowers have the 24 week period to restore workforce levels to pre-pandemic levels. If borrowers are unable to restore to full levels, there are two exceptions including the inability to rehire past employees and find new employees or the inability to return to the same level of business activity due to compliance with safety operating requirements. Repayment of the loans can be extended to five years, instead of two, and some payroll taxes can be deferred. We expect additional guidance from the Small Business Administration and will provide that information to you as it becomes available.

Manatee County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Manatee County has released a Business Impact Survey to better assess how to assist local businesses to overcome the impact of COVID-19, paving the way to a stable recovery for the local economy. Please fill this out for your own business and share with other members of the Manatee business community. Survey link: surveymonkey.com

Headliners Summer Series

Cheri Coryea, Manatee Co. Administrator

The Manatee Chamber is excited to announce a Headliners Summer Series designed to provide relevant and timely information from key policymakers on important topics and business and community issues. These will take place from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM via Zoom throughout the summer.

Wednesday June 10 Cheri Coryea, Manatee County Administrator
Wednesday July 8 Secretary Halsey Beshears, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Wednesday July 29 Cynthia Saunders, Superintendent of Manatee County Schools

Photos from Manatee Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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