Changing Regulations + Legislation

NEW! On August 25, 2020, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance No. 1140 requiring persons wear face coverings in public places. View the ordinance summary and FAQs below for additional information and exemptions. The ordinance shall immediately take effect upon filing with the Office of Secretary of State and shall remain in effect until the expiration of Martin County’s State of Local Emergency, as may be extended by subsequent order or declaration or upon repeal by the Board, whichever occurs earlier.

Businesses can select the links below to open a PDF file that you can print (8.5″W x 11″H).

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Persons must wear face coverings in public as follows:

Indoor Public Places, Businesses and Establishments – Face coverings must be worn by all persons, while obtaining or providing any goods or services or otherwise visiting or working in any indoor public places, businesses or establishments where the presence of another person is probable.

Outdoor Public Places, Businesses and Establishments – Face coverings must be worn by all persons, while obtaining or providing any goods or services or otherwise visiting or working in any outdoor public places, businesses or establishments where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible and/or not being practiced.

Restaurants and Food Service Establishments – Face coverings must be worn by all persons in restaurants and food service establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, except when actively consuming food or beverages.

County and Municipal Governmental Facilities – All members of the public accessing governmental buildings for the purposes of conducting public business, visitation, contracting and maintenance, delivery or any other activity requiring a presence in a governmental building shall wear face coverings at all times while present in the building, excluding those persons exercising their right to vote. Governmental buildings shall mean any Martin County or municipal-owned and/or operated buildings, including, but not limited to, office buildings, fire rescue stations, service centers, recreational facilities and libraries.

Businesses and Establishments – Businesses and establishments include, but are not limited to, restaurants, bars, retail stores, salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, hotels, grocery stores, gyms, fitness centers, pharmacies, indoor recreational facilities, hospitals, medical offices, dental offices, movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, playhouses, arcades, public transit and vehicles for hire.

Exemptions – Face coverings are not required for the following persons: 

  • Children either under the age of six (6) or in the custody of a licensed childcare facility, including schools, summer camps and daycare centers 
  • Persons prohibited from wearing face coverings by federal or state safety or health regulations
  • Public safety, fire or other life safety personnel that have personal protective equipment requirements governed by their agencies 
  • Persons actively engaged in exercise and who are social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Persons providing or receiving goods and services from a business or establishment for the shortest practical period of time during which the receipt of such goods or services necessarily precludes the wearing of a face covering such as, but not limited to, consuming food or beverage or receiving dental services, facial grooming or treatment
  • Persons who have a medical condition or disability that makes the wearing of a face covering unsafe
  • Persons assisting individuals who are hearing impaired or who rely on reading lips in order to communicate may temporarily remove face coverings 
  • Persons in private rooms of a lodging establishment, such as a hotel, motel or vacation rental; however, face coverings must be worn in all indoor common areas
  • Persons engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing pursuant to CDC guidelines in place and being practiced

Types of Face Coverings – A face covering includes any covering which snugly covers the nose and mouth, and which is secured in place. Persons who wear masks should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding properly and safely applying, removing and cleaning masks. Medical and surgical masks, such as N95 masks or other similar medical surgical masks, should be reserved for health care personnel, police, firefighters, emergency management and other first responders engaged in life/safety activities.

Signage – All businesses and establishments including restaurants, food service and retail establishments shall conspicuously post signage (English and Spanish versions available below) for easy visibility at all entry points. 

Enforcement – A violation of this ordinance is a noncriminal infraction and shall be enforced by county law enforcement agencies. A violation does not authorize the search or arrest of an individual. It is the intent of this ordinance to seek voluntary compliance and to educate and warn of the benefits of compliance and the dangers of noncompliance. Prior to issuance of a citation, the individual will be asked to comply with the ordinance or explain how an exemption applies. It is up to the discretion of the law enforcement officer to determine whether the circumstances warrant the issuance of a written warning to the individual for non-compliance. Failure to comply with the requirements of this ordinance presents a serious threat to public health, safety and welfare, and a citation may be issued for such a violation after the above inquiry and if the individual received a prior written warning. The penalty for a violation of this ordinance is: $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $250 for the third offense and each subsequent offense.

To view this Martin County emergency ordinance in its entirety, a summary and FAQs, as well as all other COVID-19 information related to Martin County, visit

DPBR has distributed Additional Information for Barbershops and Cosmetology Salons Pursuant to Executive Order 20-120 and FAQs for Executive Order 20-120 – Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery to provide additional information and guidelines for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons. (May 26, 2020)

Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery” updates and effective Monday, May 18: Gyms/fitness centers can reopen; Restaurants may offer outdoor seating, with increased indoor seating at 50% capacity; Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity; Museums and libraries may operate at 50% of indoor capacity; Hair and nail salons can operate but must follow established guidelines; Schools continue with distance learning; Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited; Elective surgeries statewide continue; Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside of their home. (May 15, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-121 extends Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief and protections from May 17, 2020 to June 2, 2020. (May 15, 2020)

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-120 effective May 11: Barber shops, hair salons and nail salons are permitted to re-open with enhanced safety protocols for all counties in phase one. Department of Business Professional Regulation FAQs available here. (Friday, May 8, 2020)

NEW FEDERAL: The Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance Thursday extending the tax filing deadline of all individuals and businesses facing deadlines between April 1 and July 15 to a filing date of July 15. The protections apply to entities including “trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate” tax filers and ensure no interest, late-filing or late-payment penalties are due. The announcement comes after the IRS previously extended the April 15 income tax filing deadline until July 15, The National Association of Realtors and dozens of other real estate groups and associations lobbied the IRS and Treasury Department to extend the deadlines as a form of disaster relief during the pandemic, which has disrupted property appraisals, property inspections and other key parts of the sale process. According to the new guidance, the IRS provides “additional time to perform certain time-sensitive actions,” including deadlines involving so-called 1031 “like-kind” exchange and opportunity zone transactions, according to real estate groups and tax attorneys. (4/13/2020 – 10:14 am)

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NEW! FEDERAL: Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses is available here from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

FEDERAL: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act becomes effective on April 1, 2020. Here are some resources to understand the impact on businesses. 

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