Florida

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation reported here that its employees are working remotely and that its offices are closed to the public; however, it is otherwise operating.

Declaration of State of Emergency

On March 9, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Florida. Several orders have since followed restricting the operations of bars, restaurants, banquet halls and similar hospitality establishments, especially in Broward and Palm Beach counties. These orders are available on the state’s website at https://www.flgov.com/covid-19/.

Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

On April 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order declaring that “all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct.” The order extends from April 3 to April 30, 2020.

Florida Courts

All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials were suspended during the period of Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020 by order entered March 13, 2020. The chief judges have been directed to “review cases and court events and the communications technology resources available to the circuit, each county, and each judge. The chief judge shall issue directives to the judges of the respective circuit and county courts to reschedule, postpone, or cancel all non-essential and non-critical court proceedings and events unless the chief judge determines that such other specific proceedings or events can be effectively conducted remotely using telephonic or other electronic means available in the subject jurisdiction without the necessity of in-person court appearances.” These orders can be found on the court’s website at https://www.flcourts.org/Resources-Services/Emergency-Preparedness/Administrative-Orders .