Changing Regulations + Legislation

NEW! Martin County Board of County Commissioners passes emergency ordinance for mandatory face coverings in public (July 7, 2020)

“We cannot ignore the increase in cases in our community, neighboring counties and across the state. And, today, based on medical and health professionals’ recommendations, the board passed an emergency ordinance requiring all residents and visitors wear face coverings when in public in Martin County,” said Board Chair Harold Jenkins.

Face coverings must be worn by all persons in:
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 place, business or establishment.
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 outdoor public places, businesses and 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 Government Facilities. All persons 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 in the building. For purposes of this Emergency Order, governmental buildings shall mean any Martin County or municipal-owned and operated buildings, including, but not limited to, office buildings, fire rescue stations, service centers, recreational facilities and libraries.

Face coverings are not required for the following:
• Children under six (6) years of age and any child while under the custody of a licensed childcare facility, including schools, summer camps and daycare centers.
• Individuals 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 respective agencies.
• Persons actively engaged in exercise and who are social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
• Persons 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 treatments.
• Persons who have a medical condition or disability that makes the wearing of face coverings unsafe.
• Face coverings may be removed temporarily while assisting persons who are hearing impaired or who rely on reading lips in order to communicate.
• Persons in private rooms of a lodging establishment, such as hotel, motel or vacation rental; however, face coverings must be worn in common areas as proscribed by this ordinance.
• Persons engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing pursuant to CDC guidelines in place and being practiced.

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)

NEW! FEDERAL: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Download the Guide (April 6, 2020)

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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