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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Important Resources for the Business Community

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Important Resources for the Business Community

UPDATED 9/11/20

Bars Allowed to Reopen at 50% Capacity on Monday, September 14

The State of Florida Governor’s Office is rescinding the amended emergency order put in place in late June and is allowing bars, pubs, and breweries to operate at 50% indoor capacity starting at 12:01 am on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020. All indoor customers MUST BE SEATED, and outdoor seating must maintain appropriate social distancing. 

UPDATED 8/17/20

Florida’s Plan to Reopen can be found below along with Phase 2 FAQ (frequently asked questions)

The Governor’s State Plan for reopening the state can be found here.  Florida began Phase 2 on June 5, 2020.

State Plan for Reopening

Phase 2 FAQ

How to open and run your business safely during COVID 19

Orange County issues Executive Order requiring Face Covering when in Public 

 Please read the Executive Order below.

Orange County Executive Order

Business Assistance

These are the programs currently available to your business.  Stay Strong Winter Garden!

Orange CARES for Small Businesses Grant Program

Orange County’s Small Business Grant Program will invest $72.9 million into Orange County small businesses. The Program will allow approximately 6,500 qualifying small businesses access to $10,000 in grant money to cover normal business expenses, including employee wages, vendor bills, and rent to help offset the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Federal Cares Act provides the funding for this County program.

The County is still accepting applications.  If you would like to learn more, please click here.


On Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, Orange County small businesses will have the opportunity to pick up free reusable cloth masks as well as hand sanitizers. This effort continues Orange County’s PPE initiative to serve businesses, residents and social service organizations.  Visit here  for information and registration.

Florida Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance Program

The Reemployment Assistance program provides temporary and partial wage replacement for qualified workers who have become unemployed, through no fault of their own, during this public health emergency. You can apply online for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:

  • temporarily unable to work due to positive COVID-19 test result
  • quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency
  • laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period because of COVID-19
  • caring for an immediate family member diagnosed with COVID-19

Learn more about Reemployment Assistance and how to apply.

Please click here to apply

Duke Energy Payment Plan 

Customers still facing financial challenges can request an extended payment arrangement quickly and easily:

Please click here to learn more

New State Executive Order Closing Bars and Establishments deriving more than 50% sales from Alcohol

With the increase in COVID 19 cases, the state has issued a new order that went into effect today. Please find attached the latest executive order from the State. Bars and those establishments that derive more than 50% from alcohol sales must cease on-premises consumption. The state (DBPR) will be enforcing these new rules in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19.  

Please click here to read the Executive Order.

Please click here to read the amendment to the Executive Order.

Please be safe and stay strong Winter Garden!

UPDATE 06/09/20:

Phase 2 Recovery

The City of Winter Garden is currently monitoring the COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) outbreak within our community.  The Governor has announced that Florida will move to Phase 2 of the recovery plan on Friday, June 5, 2020.  Please click here to review the Governor’s Executive Order regarding Phase 2.

Phase 2 Recovery Executive Order

In reference to BARBERSHOPS, COSMETOLOGY SALONS, AND COSMETOLOGY SPECIALTY SALONS, mandatory requirements from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation can be found by clicking  Salons Mandatory Requirements.

Health and safety parameters for ALL business can be found at

Phase 1 Recovery

**Important Update: Governor’s latest Executive Order (05./22/20) brings the state into Full Phase 1 recovery by allowing organized youth activities.

Please find the Governor’s Executive Order below:

Executive Order 05-22-20 Youth Activities

**Important Update: The Governor has just announced that effective Monday, gyms can operate again as long as they are following social distancing guidelines by keeping members at a safe distance, and sanitizing all machines and surfaces after use. The governor also said, starting Monday, restaurants will be able to operate dine-in services at 50% capacity, and retailers will also be able to operate stores at 50% capacity.  Please find the Governor’s Executive Order below.

Executive Order

**Important Update:  The Governors signs an Executive Order allowing barbershops, hair and nail salons to open May 11th.  Please click on the links below to see the guidelines for re-opening:

Executive Order

Frequently Asked Questions


With Florida’s statewide stay-at-home order expiring on April 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis’ statewide task force has provided guidelines for a phased approach to re-open Florida. The Governor’s Plan to re-open Florida is called "SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP." Please find attached the new Executive Order signed by the Governor describing the Phase 1 recovery plan to re-open Florida, effective May 4, 2020. The Governor stated in his press conference that he will open up more businesses in the next phase which he believes should happen in a matter of weeks. 

Latest Executive Order for Re-opening Florida

The Orlando regional community is galvanizing and coordinating support for the business community.  Please find some great resources and updates on the programs available to your business at this on-line business resource center. 

Click here for regional business resources

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