March 11, 2020
Division of Emergency Management Issues
New Emergency Order Limiting Visitors in ALFs Suspending Section 429.28(1)(d), f.s.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
This evening, Jared Moskowitz, Director, Division of Emergency Management issued a New Emergency Order, 20-002 and directed Florida’s more than 3,700 nursing homes and assisted living facilities to limit visitors who have recently taken a cruise or traveled overseas.

Specifically, the Emergency Order suspends Section 428.28(1)(d), f.s., which requires communities to allow visitors from from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at a minimum.

The Emergency Order reads:

Therefore, pursuant to Section 2 of Executive Order No. 20-52, I hereby issue the
following authorization(s):

I. Suspend sections 393.13(4), 400.022(1)(b), 429.28(1)(d) , 429.85(1)(d) Florida Statutes, for the particular purpose of prohibiting certain individuals from visiting facilities. For purposes of this order, a facility includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes. The order applies as follows:

a. Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours is prohibited from visiting a facility; or

b. Any person showing or presenting signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat is prohibited from visiting a facility; or

c. Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person( s) infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative for COVID-19 is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their interaction with the person(s) who is infected with COVID-19; or

d. Any person who traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States; or

e. Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States; or

f. Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control aod Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility within 14 days of their presence in the community with community spread; or

g. Any person who resides in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility.