Gov. DeSantis Relaxes Requirements For Restaurant Employees To Return


Ron DeSantis signed an executive order relaxing requirements for restaurant employees returning to work after testing positive for COVID-19.

The state of Florida required two negative tests for a worker to return to the job after testing positive for COVID-19. The new order modifies the original order, putting the responsibility on restaurants to "implement employee screening protocols pursuant to guidance developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Under the new CDC guidelines, patients recovering from COVID-19 can stop self-isolating 10 days after the first appearance of symptoms, providing that patients don't have a fever or show new symptoms.

The CDC guidelines are more wide-ranging and apply to employees from various fields, the Florida executive order only applies to restaurant workers.

Restaurant owners and employees are mixed on the new order. Some welcome the ability to return to work more quickly, due to the loss of income. Other owners say they won't relax the requirement for two negative tests.

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