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Seminole County Issues Executive Order Requiring Facial Coverings

June 30, 2020

By: Jacqueline Bozzuto, Tara Tedrow & Andrew Kelly

On June 29, 2020, the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners issued Executive Order 2020-030 outlining minimum standards for social distancing and requiring "every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Seminole County [to wear] a Face Covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while at all businesses, places of assembly, and other places open to the public."

Section 2 of the order describes "Minimum Standards for Businesses and Places of Assembly" in regards to social distancing, stating that "all places of assembly, businesses and other places open to the public" must follow certain conditions, unless precluded by an order from the Governor or if social distancing would preclude the provision of service to a customer (such as a hair salon or similar business). The conditions include: 

  • Staying at least six (6) feet apart
  • Meetings, workshops, training programs and other modes of assembly must ensure appropriate social distancing
  • Checkout points and staging areas, including storefronts, must be monitored for social distancing requirements by means of marking floors or similar actions to maintain social distancing between patrons and employees.

The order also provides the following exceptions from the Face Covering requirement:  

  • A Face Covering is not required at outdoor businesses, places of assembly and other places open to the public if social distancing, as described in Section 2 of the Order, can be accomplished.
  • A Face Covering is not required for the following persons:
    • Persons under the age of two
    • Persons for whom a Face Covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition or disability
    • Persons working in a business or profession who are not interacting with the public and who are able to maintain social distancing form co-workers
    • Persons working in, or patrons of, a business or profession where use of Face Coverings would prevent them from performing the duties or receiving the services of said business/profession
    • Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing
    • Persons eating or drinking
    • Public safety, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel (their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies)
    • Persons communicating with someone who is hearing impaired who must see the mouth of someone to communicate

Executive Order 2020-30 will become effective as of July 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the Local State of Emergency declared on March 2, 2020 by the Seminole County Chairman via Executive Order 2020-001.

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Tara Tedrow is a shareholder in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental Group and serves as chair of the Cannabis & Controlled Substances Group. She brings years of experience handling an array of complex legal matters for multi-billion dollar valued companies and entrepreneurs alike.
With a significant portion of her practice devoted to land use and development, Tara regularly advises clients on entitling projects for commercial, residential, industrial, office and mixed uses. She works with local governments and regulatory agencies to address the needs of her clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, site plan approval, variance and waiver requests, due diligence and property rights.

Often sought out for high-profile and high-stakes land development projects, Tara has delivered positive outcomes for clients ranging from large multi-national and U.S.-based companies to high-net worth individuals seeking land use entitlements. With over 15 years of competitive debate experience, she is uniquely suited to handle complex and controversial projects and public hearings that present a myriad of political and legal challenges.

Tara has provided developers and clients with legal counsel and representation in Section 70.51 mediations. Her experience in land use and environmental dispute resolutions offers a unique benefit to clients navigating the alternative dispute resolution process following denial of a development order, zoning approval and other land use matters around the state.

Well-known for providing legal and lobbying representation for a wide range of cannabis clients, Tara and her team work with physicians, lenders, real estate developers, landlords, ancillary service providers, banks, licensed adult use and medical marijuana companies, cultivators, processors, retailers and license applicants, helping them to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape of marijuana and hemp regulations. She also assists clients in the national hemp industry in obtaining licensing and approvals for processing, retailing, cultivation and other forms of secondary byproduct monetization. Her deep knowledge of regulatory laws and understanding of operations and logistics for cannabis companies, along with her ability to make connections and build partnerships, bring strategic value to her clients. 

Tara is the only person in the state of Florida to be appointed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to both the inaugural Industrial Hemp Advisory Council created under Senate Bill 1020 and to the state’s Hemp Advisory Committee, which she currently chairs. A prolific presenter and speaker at industry seminars and conferences, she has served as the keynote speaker on industry regulations at over 60 events in the past two years. In the fall of 2018, Tara became the first professor in the state of Florida to teach a law school course on marijuana law and policy at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she continues to teach today.

Prior to joining the firm, Tara worked as a legal extern for the University of Florida General Counsel and Office of the Vice President as well as for the Orlando Juvenile Public Defenders Office. For over a decade, she has also worked professionally as a private speech and debate coach and taught at multiple national debate institutes, including the National Debate Forum at Emerson University, the National Symposium for Debate at Grinnell College and Victory Briefs Institute at UCLA.

Tara is a contributing writer at the Orlando Sentinel and has spoken about various real estate topics on Fox News.

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Andrew Kelly is an attorney in the firm’s Corporate & Securities Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financing and other general corporate and securities matters.

Andrew also regularly works alongside the firm’s Real Estate Group, and he has experience working with clients on a wide range of real estate matters including real estate development, finance and transactions, condominiums, property owners’ associations, commercial leasing, commercial lending and title insurance.

Prior to attending law school, Andrew worked as an alternative investment wholesaler for CNL Securities Corp., providing counsel and support regarding various alternative investments to financial professionals.

Andrew is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, and for the past two years , he has served as co-chair of the annual “Gator Bus Trip” event hosted by the Young Lawyers Section.

Andrew earned his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he competed as a member of the Environmental Moot Court Team and served as senior articles editor of the Florida Journal of International Law. He received his undergraduate degree in applied economics from The Florida State University. While there, he served as an intern for both the Florida Senate in Tallahassee and the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

When not practicing law, Andrew enjoys fishing and playing saxophone and keyboard in an Orlando-based band.

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