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Governor DeSantis' "Safer-at-Home" Executive Order has expired. Effective Friday, June 5, 2020,Governor DeSantis announced via Executive Order that most of Florida (except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) moved to a full  Phase Two re-opening status:

  • All employers are encouraged continue teleworking where practical but should begin implementing plans for employees to return to work in phases. Additionally, all employers should screen workers for symptoms of COVID-19 and, where practical, take the temperature of each employee upon arrival.
  • Employers should now only "minimize" non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel. Gatherings of no larger than 50 persons are now permitted with adherence to social distancing.
  • Extends a previous order (EO 20-82) requiring a 14-day quarantine period for individuals traveling to Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. Persons involved in "commercial activity" (a significantly broadened exception) and students traveling for the purpose of academic work are exempt.
  • It is highly recommended that medtech employees required to travel to and from Florida carry an "essential" employee letter on company letterhead (model language here) stating their designation as an "Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker" per federal (DHS) guidance and their role in the health response. Florida's "Essential Services" list HERE.

  • Medical services, including elective procedures, surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental offices, and orthodontic offices, are allowed to fully re-open per a previous Phase One order. However, some hospitals and hospital systems have independently suspended elective procedures.
The recently-passed CARES Act includes a $660 billion bank loan program for businesses referred to as the “Paycheck Protection Program.” Starting April 3rd, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for this low-interest loan program designed to keep employees on the payroll. Program overview (HERE) and key highlights:
  • Loan amounts to be based on payroll costs — 2.5 times average monthly payroll costs up to $10 million.
  • Potential for 100% loan forgiveness when the funds are used on specified expenses including payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utility payments. Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.
  • This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%. Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • The recently-passed Paycheck Protection Plan Flexibility Act, among other things, grants PPP borrowers more time to use PPP funds, extending the time period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks. This important legislative fix also creates greater flexibility on the use of PPP loan proceeds, lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%. Finally, the new law allows the loan period to be extended from 2 years to 5 years.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution or federally insured credit union. A list of participating lenders as well as the application form, additional information and full terms can be found at www.sba.gov. You can also view a “Frequently Asked Questions” document (HERE) that provides greater clarification on a number of other program issues. Treasury PPP Resources and Recent Guidance Documents HERE.

   

CDCCOVID-19: Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC/OSHA: Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers

CDC: Interim Guidance for Employers with Workers at High Risk and Workplaces Decision Tool

CDC: CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

EEOC: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws
FEMA Guidance:
Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

FDA: Guidance on Protecting Manufacturing Personnel

FDEM: Florida Executive Orders and Agency Updates

FDOHCoronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard

 

 

Broward County (here) / Ft. Lauderdale (here)

Hillsborough County (here) / Tampa (here)

Leon County/Tallahassee (here)

Duval County/Jacksonville (here)

Miami-Dade County (here)

Monroe County (here)

Orange County/Orlando (here)

Osceola County (here)

Palm Beach County (here)

Pasco County (here)

Pinellas County (here) / St. Petersburg (here)

Pensacola (here)

SBASmall Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program

Federal Reserve: Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) - Term Sheets

DOL: Employer Paid Leave Requirements and Guidance

FL DEO: Re-Employment Assistance

FL DEOShort Time Compensation Program for Employers

 

 

FEMA: Ways for Private Sector to Help Fight COVID-19 + FEMA Platform: How to Help  To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011). This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be "ACTIVE" at the time of award.

 

DMS: If you are a vendor seeking to sell products to the state for COVID-19 emergency, email: purchasingcustomerservice@dms.myflorida.com 
Also, please watch this helpful video to learn what products the State of Florida is seeking and how you can register as a vendor.
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