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Governor DeSantis Announces Expansion of Phase One of Florida’s Reopening Plan

May 15, 2020

By: Ferran Arimon & Amanda Wilson

Earlier today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that gyms and fitness centers may reopen beginning on Monday, May 18. Additionally, restaurants and stores may now move from operating at 25% capacity to operating at 50% capacity. DeSantis stated that these measures are appropriate considering the progress that Florida has made. 

DeSantis also stated that bars will continue to remain closed. DeSantis provided no guidance as to when theme parks may reopen, but theme parks have been asked to submit detailed safety procedure plans to the state.

Indoor movie theaters are also to remain closed as DeSantis clarified that he is awaiting more guidance from the White House on how theaters could open while effectively practicing social distancing.

Regarding short-term rentals, DeSantis has taken a more localized approach and asked counties to pitch him their safety plans.  

The announcement made by DeSantis is an expansion of Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan and not a move to Phase 2. In support of this decision, DeSantis cited state data which shows that positive test results have decreased from 10.5% to 7.1% as of today. 

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Amanda

A member of the firm’s tax practice, Amanda Wilson concentrates on federal tax planning and structuring. She represents clients in a wide variety of complex federal tax matters with a particular emphasis on pass-through entities such as partnerships, S corporations and real estate investment trusts.

Specifically, Amanda focuses on advising clients on the formation, operation, acquisition and restructuring of such pass-through entities. In addition, she regularly advises clients on the structuring and operation of private equity funds, real estate funds and timber funds. Amanda is the author of the Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolio 718-3rd Edition, Partnerships- Disposition of Partnership Interests or Partnership Business; Partnership Termination.

Amanda regularly works in structuring deals to benefit from tax advantaged structures, including like-kind exchanges, new market tax credits, low income housing tax credits, qualified opportunity zones, and investment tax credits available for solar and other renewable energy. Amanda also has extensive experience in corporate planning and international tax matters, as well as federal tax controversy. Her practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) includes providing advice on audits and appeals, drafting protests and ruling requests, and negotiating settlements.

Prior to joining the firm, Amanda worked for Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland), an Am Law 100 firm in the Atlanta office, where she was part of Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group. Amanda has also served as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law where she taught Partnership Taxation.

Amanda regularly contributes to the firm’s Taxing Times blog and is a regular panelist on tax webinars hosted by Strafford Publications.

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