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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis JUST amended his executive order permitting Phase One reopening in Palm Beach County to ALSO include the reopening of barbershops, beauty salons and nail salons, so long as CDC guidance is followed. The permission starts Monday morning.

Here is the complete text from the just released (May 9, 2020 at 1:58 p.m.) Executive Order:

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, based on data showing a downward trajectory of hospital visits for influenza-like illness and COVID-19-like syndromic cases, a decrease in percent positive test results, and a significant increase in hospital capacity, I issued Executive Order 20-112 initiating Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery; and

WHEREAS, data collected by the Florida Department of Health indicates the State continues to flatten the curve; and

WHEREAS, local leadership in Palm Beach County, citing data showing a downward trajectory of influenza-like illness and COVID-like illness and a low percent of new individuals testing positive, has requested that the County proceed to Phase 1.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order:

Section 1.        Palm Beach County to Phase 1

Executive Order 20-112 is extended, with the following modification:

As of the effective date of this order, the restriction in Section 2(A)(2) of Executive Order 20-112 no longer applies to Palm Beach County.

Section 2.        Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, and Cosmetology Specialty Salons

In addition to the Phase 1 services authorized under Sections 2, 3 and 4 of Executive Order 20-112, persons in Florida may provide or obtain services at the following establishments in counties I have authorized to proceed to Phase 1:

Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at the following link: www.myfloridalicense.com/emergency.

Section 3.        Effective Date

This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 11, 2020.


Paul Saperstein


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