COVID-19 Regulatory Update: Florida State of Emergency Extended
Governor Issues Executive Order to Extend Florida's State of Emergency (Executive Order 20-166)
On July 7th, the Governor further extended Executive Order 20-52 and the state of emergency due to COVID-19 for an additional 60 days.
It is important to keep in mind that Florida Statute 501.160 states that during a state of emergency, it is unlawful to sell, lease, offer to sell, or offer for lease essential commodities, dwelling units, or self-storage facilities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price for that commodity during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency, unless the seller can justify the price by showing increases in its prices or market trends. The law compares the reported price of the commodity or service during the state of emergency to the average price charged over the 30-day period prior to the declared state of emergency.