Response in Florida

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains information and resources for the state here. Using Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, you can track and monitor the state's reported case numbers.

State and County Orders
Effective April 2nd, Governor DeSantis issued an executive "Safer-at-Home" order for the state of Florida, requiring all persons to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. On May 18, all of Florida will be in Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. This means that restaurants, retail, museums and libraries, and gyms and fitness centers can reopen with up to 50% capacity indoors. Elective surgeries are permitted if the healthcare facility has adequate protective equipment and hospital bed surge capacity. Barber shops and salons are also allowed to reopen if they follow public safety protocols. See this guide for more details.

If you are wondering whether you should reopen your business, check out the decision tools the CDC released to help various locations determine their best course of action:

If you decide to reopen your business, I encourage you to carefully read the CDC's guidelines for doing so safely. You can find that guidance here.

Travel restrictions are still in place statewide: anyone flying from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Louisiana to Florida must be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.


My Offices
My offices in Washington, D.C. and Miami have moved to telework and will not be taking any in-person meetings. We will continue to:

  • Receive and respond to telephone calls.  If you need to speak to a member of our team, you can call our Washington office at 202-225-3931 or our South Florida office at 305-668-2285.
  • Provide casework assistance.  If you need assistance with a federal agency, we may be able to help. More information can be found here.
  • Answer correspondence.  The best way to contact our office for assistance is by submitting an email.