Changing Regulations + Legislation

NEW! Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-131 effective May 22, 2020: Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, and child care. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may operate including, but not limited to those defined 409.175 and 513.02, Florida Statutes, respectively. (May 26, 2020)

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! (Tuesday, May 19, 2020) – The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) lifted restrictions at Martin County beaches (including Hobe Sound Beach) as of Wednesday, May 20. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow social distancing and CDC guidelines. Patrons are required to park in marked areas and parking will be strictly enforced. As a reminder, Bathtub Beach remains closed due to erosion issues.
The BoCC also voted to reopen Martin County skate parks, which are located in Jock Leighton Park, Mary Brogan Park and Langford Park. To ensure social distancing, the number of skaters allowed on the ramps will be limited to 10 at a time, and skate time will be limited to 90 minutes if there is a wait. Spectators will be limited to 2 per skater.
Finally, BoCC adjusted their schedule of special COVID-19 meetings. The meeting scheduled for this Friday, May 22, has been cancelled. Subsequent special meetings will take place on Fridays during weeks when there is no regularly scheduled board meeting until further notice.


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. 

Department of Labor FAQs

BenefitMall 3/24/2020 Webinar

Dean Mead Written Explanation


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