Phase I Reopening Guidance 

Updated May 18, 2020

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-123 stating that the Governor's previous Executive Orders are extended "as further modified, bringing all Florida coutnies into Full Phase I." The State of Florida & Pinellas County provide Additional Guidance for Phase I Reopening, issued on May 18, 2020. 

Regardless of businesses now allowed to operate and activities now permitted to occur, social distancing is still required - persons in gatherings must remain six feet apart and groups of people are limited to ten. 

Further, in Pinellas County beaches and pools remain limitedly open and playgrounds remain closed consistent with Resolutions previously issued by the Board of County Commissioners. These restrictions remain in effect. 

Under the Governor's orders the only businesses that cannot operate are bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50% gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. 

The following may operate with the noted restrictions: 

All of the following businesses may operate at 50 percent of their authorized capacity under the Phase 1 reopening, except large spectator sports which may only operate at 25 percent of capacity. All businesses must adhere to social distancing requirements.

Restaurants and food establishments

  • 50% of seating capacity excludes employees
  • Outdoor seating unrestricted consistent with local law
  • No seating at bar counters where alcohol is served

Breweries - may operate as long as there is a food truck associated with the brewery or the brewery has a restaurant in it, and they have outdoor seating. 

Retail Sales


Gym/Fitness Centers - dance studios, yoga, and other fitness classes or similar activities

Personal Services Businesses, such as nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, cosmetology specialty salons, tattoo services, massage services, and other one-on-one services

  • Appointment only; 15 minutes between appointments
  • No group appointments
  • Masks must be worn by employees

Professional Sports - large spectator sporting events up to 25 percent of capacity

Recreation and Large Venues, such as movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, and casinos

  • Cleaning and disinfecting required
  • Masks must be worn by employees

Vacation Rentals - can reopen with restrictions - view the Guidelines for Reopening for complete details. 

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