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St. Lucie County Allows Restaurants, Stores to Offer Temporary Outdoor Dining, Retail

Post Date:05/15/2020 7:50 AM

St. Lucie County has passed an executive order, allowing restaurants and retail stores in the unincorporated area more flexibility to offer outdoor dining and tents to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. 

Restaurants and retail establishments that are allowed to re-open under Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 may need additional flexibility in order to make service viable to protect the health and safety of their patrons and staff. St. Lucie County site plan restrictions governing temporary outdoor dining and shopping areas shall be waived for restaurants, food and retail establishments operating consistently with this Emergency Order and Governor's Executive Order 20-112.

However, businesses offering outdoor seating or retail space must:

  • Not block entrance or exit ways, fire lanes, fire hydrants, or any other aspect of public safety.
  • Not block streets, driveways, parking lot lanes, parking areas, or anywhere that impedes access or poses a conflict between diners and vehicular traffic.
  • Not block any drainage or utility areas or impede the operation and maintenance of these areas.
  • Comply with all applicable Florida Fire Prevention Code and public health department requirements.
  • Comply with all regulations, guidelines and requirements under the American with Disabilities Act.

All businesses offering temporary outdoor dining areas and retail space shall comply with all social distancing recommendations from the Center for the Disease Control, the Florida Governor’s Office, the Florida Surgeon General and the Florida Department of Health to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Residents are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines, including keeping a six-foot distance from others outside their immediate family, especially when venture out to retails stores or restaurants. If you feel that establishments or customers aren’t following the guidelines, you are encouraged to do business at another St. Lucie County establishment and report them by calling 911.

If you are a business and have questions about this temporary order, please contact St. Lucie County Business Navigator Thondra Lanese at laneset@stlucieco.org. Additionally, the St. Lucie County Economic Development Council is offering online resources for businesses needing assistance during this pandemic at www.youredc.com.

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