Bill Herrle, the National Federation of Independent Business’ state executive director for Florida, released the following statement today in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement that restaurants and retail stores in most of the state’s 67 counties can begin reopening on Monday:
“COVID-19 has been devastating to Florida’s small businesses, so our members are relieved that Governor DeSantis is allowing businesses to reopen at limited capacity except in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, which have been hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak. NFIB Florida Leadership Council Chairman Walter Carpenter served on the governor’s Re-Open Florida Task Force and pressed for as few as restrictions as possible based on anything other than geography.
“Small business owners are grateful that they’re able finally to begin bringing back employees who lost their jobs because of the temporary shutdown. Small business owners will follow the rules to protect workers and customers and assure them they’re doing everything they can to prevent the virus from spreading further.”
On Thursday, NFIB released its “Plan for the Survival of Florida’s Small Businesses,” which includes 10 recommendations to help ensure that local businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis and return to normal operations as quickly as possible once restrictions are lifted. Click here to read the earlier release.