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Essential Businesses

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-89 defining nonessential businesses across South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties) based upon Miami-Dade Emergency Order 20-70, as amended. The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-91, which restricts individuals from any activity outside their homes other than those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities (such as religious services, exercise and caring for a loved one or pet). 

To determine if your business is considered an essential service per the Governor’s list, visit If you need further direction, consult with your attorney. If you wish the State to deem your business essential, please fill out the form provided on

Many Broward County restaurants are currently limited to offering delivery and takeout orders in response to COVID-19. To support them and to offer a helpful resource to our community, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a special website to list those restaurants that offer delivery and/or takeout. Read More
The list of “essential employees” defined in County Administrator Bertha Henry’s Emergency Order 20-03 includes: first responders, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency services providers, and governmental employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment. The Broward County Administrator or designee can designate additional persons and entities as essential employees, without further amending the Order. Essential employees are exempt from any travel or other restrictions relating to COVID-19 that are issued by any local governmental entity, to the extent those activities are required for the employee to complete their duties.