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Escambia County buildings, offices and West Florida Public Libraries reopened to the public at less capacity in accordance with Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-111Executive Order 20-112, and Executive Order 20-123. Go here to find out how to access county services.
 
 
 
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Welcome! To get started, please choose whether you are an individual or a business. Please also reference the Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan for Escambia County.

On June 26, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued Emergency Order 2020-09 stopping on-site drinking of alcohol at bars statewide.

 
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CareerSource EscaRosa

During the month of May, CareerSource EscaRosa is relocating all operations in Pensacola from L Street to 6913 N. 9th Avenue, in the Eastgate Plaza. The Career Center is located in Suite 12, and Administration is located in Suite 15.

CareerSource EscaRosa will continue serving businesses with assistance in recruiting employees, even if it is working online and on the phone with customers. CareerSource EscaRosa will continue communications with businesses to find out their needs and respond appropriately.

CareerSource EscaRosa expects to launch a platform for virtual job fairs soon and will have a new Apprenticeship Expansion Project to launch along with FloridaWest. Expected focus will be on IT/Cybersecurity and Manufacturing sectors.

As for customers visiting the CareerSource EscaRosa Career Center:

  • Everyone must wear a mask or face covering.
  • Hand sanitizer stations strategically located throughout the center.
  • Physical distancing practiced by reducing the number of workstations available.
  • If needed, will restrict the number of customers in the center at one time.
  • If everything needed is in place and it's generally advised by authorities, CareerSource EscaRosa will plan to open centers to customers on June 1. Hours are expected to remain the same, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Available Jobs in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

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Reemployment Assistance

Re-Employment Assistance provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own.

https://floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits

Under the CARES Act, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is available for eligible applicants who are currently receiving regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. FPUC is an additional $600 distributed weekly in addition to state Reemployment Assistance benefits.

Due to the system upgrades in CONNECT, DEO is able to issue the additional $600 payments in multiple ways. If you are eligible and have previously provided a bank account in the CONNECT system, you will receive a direct deposit to your account. If you did not provide your bank account, you will receive a check to the mailing address provided on your account. For information visit DEO’s website.

Florida DEO Reemployment Assistance Application Portal

Florida Reemployment Assistance Toolkit

Entrepreneurship Programs

Co:Lab https://colabpensacola.com/ is a business incubator and growth accelerator in Pensacola with one goal: to help entrepreneurs reach their next level. Co:Lab is still operating under CDC guidelines with businesses having the option of using office space. All current businesses utilizing Co:Lab space are 10 employees or fewer.  Increased cleaning procedures and limits on common areas

Studer Community Institute (SCI) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving lives.

Two core divisions focus on supporting entrepreneurship, job creation and job growth.

The Spring Entrepreneur Hub exists to empower, connect and grow small businesses in the Pensacola area, serving as the front door to our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Spring focuses on three key areas – mentorship, connection to resources, and scaling/acceleration – to bring unprecedented structure and aid to local small businesses in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. Contact DC Reeves or Gracie Woodfin at https://thespringpensacola.com/ for more information.

SCI Leadership Development serves to help business owners, leaders and employee grow skills by providing programs, workshops, webinars, online content and toolkits. In addition, our Accelerate Business Roundtable program offers a unique opportunity for business leaders to gather in a safe, supportive environment. Participating in these types of program improves the chances of a small business succeeding in the first five years and beyond. The Leadership Development goal is to help businesses survive and thrive, attract and retain talent and improve the workforce. Contact Rachael Gillette at  https://www.studeri.org/ for more information.

The University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship https://uwf.edu/centers/center-for-entrepreneurship/ is dedicated to seeding economic growth. The Center encourages and supports educational initiatives related to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking and serves as a comprehensive resource for economic innovation for students, faculty, industry and community partners.

The Pensacola State College Business Entrepreneurship Certificate (CCC) Program https://www.pensacolastate.edu/academic-programs/ent-ct/ is part of the Business Entrepreneurship AS degree program.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Business Management and Administration career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills and occupation-specific skills, as well as knowledge of all aspects of the Business Management and Administration career cluster.

Construction Industry

While there are no current restrictions on construction, these are general job site/office practices recommended by the industry:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2external icon, the cause of COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface.
  • Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.  If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used tools and equipment on a regular basis.
  • This includes other elements of the jobsite where possible.
  • Employees should regularly do the same in their assigned work areas.
  • Clean shared spaces such as trailers and break/lunchrooms at least once per day.
  • Disinfect shared surfaces (door handles, machinery controls, etc.) on a regular basis.
  • Avoid sharing tools with co-workers if it can be avoided. If not, disinfect before and after each use.
  • Arrange for any portable job site toilets to be cleaned by the leasing company at least twice per week and disinfected on the inside.
  • Any trash collected from the jobsite must be changed frequently by someone wearing gloves.
  • In addition to regular PPE for workers engaged in various tasks (fall protection, hard hats, hearing protection), employers will also provide:
  • Gloves should always be worn while on-site. The type of glove worn should be appropriate to the task.  If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of glove is acceptable, including latex gloves.  Gloves should not be shared if possible.
  • Eye protection should always be worn while on-site.
  • Some employees may be required to wear face coverings, including in those situations where (1) it is mandated by state or local rule, or (2) employees must work in proximity of six (6) feet from other employees. A face covering is a cloth, bandana, or other type of material that covers a person’s nose and mouth. The CDC lists five criteria for “cloth face coverings”: the face covering should:  fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; be secured with ties or ear loops; include multiple layers of fabric; allow for breathing without restriction; and be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape. Use of a face covering is not a substitute for other workplace preventative techniques that are outlined in this Plan.

Hotels

Hotels are considered an essential business and can operate under the Governor’s Executive Order. Please reference the county's plan for short-term vacation rentals.For information and guidance for vacation rentals pursuant to Executive Order 20-123, please review the Department’s Recommended Safety Measures and Best Practices for Vacation Rentals.

Suggested Protocols for Hotels:

  • Promote frequent hand washing by employees and guests, e.g., reminder signs (multiple languages to broaden guest communication).
  • Provide alcohol-based hand-free rubs/swipes containing at least 60% alcohol in public areas, e.g., vending / ice machines on hotel floors.
  • Provide tissues and additional trash receptacles in public areas.
  • Room service restrictions, e.g., delivery only to door.
  • Eliminate / reduce in-person check-in or checkout with automated process.
  • Use of chatbot or similar platforms for guest communication / customer service / tipping.
  • Request guests to minimize direct contact with employees.
  • Discourage employees from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • Remove / reduce customer service phones in common areas.
  • Increase length of time between vacancy and cleaning rooms.
  • Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is the best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19.
  • Perform additional environmental cleaning on all frequently touched areas, such as front desk, elevator banks, coffee stations, doorknobs, etc.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has provided a document that answers questions related to hotels https://frla.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/FRLA-Re-Opening-FAQs.pdf?mc_cid=c37525f156&mc_eid=530abb60e3.

The Governor’s Executive Orders have not closed beaches other than those at the request of Broward and Palm Beach counties (Executive Order 20-90). Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection will announce a phased-in re-opening of state parks. 

Hotels should also follow the recommendations made under the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Manufacturing and Supply Chain

FloridaMakes in partnership with the Associated Industries of Florida and Space Florida have built Connex Florida. A supply chain database tool for the manufacturing industry in Florida. This tool contains in-depth information on a broad range of Florida manufacturers, along with detailed search functions to highlight specific production capabilities, certifications, equipment, material types and more. The purpose of this tool is to help Florida manufacturers better connect with each other, be discovered, and increase business opportunities.

Through this database you can:

  • Connect with manufacturers
  • Post RFPs/RFQs/RFIs
  • Exchange surplus materials & equipment
  • Identify workforce and R&D offerings
  • Search processes, equipment, certifications, NAICS, SIC, products, materials, etc.

To obtain access to browse and enter your company's information into the database, please visit https://florida.mfgconnex.com/.

Below are OSHA & CDC Guidance related to manufacturing:

OSHA_COVID-19, Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce

CDC Community Guidance, Business Response

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

CDC, Control and Prevention, COVID-19, General Business FAQ

Restaurants

Restaurants were allowed to re-open, with full outdoor seating on Monday, May 4. Starting June 5, indoor seating is allowed at 50 percent seating capacity. They now allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing. On-site sale and retail businesses are allowed to operate at full occupancy with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols beginning June 5. Fifty percent building capacity is determined by calculating 50 percent of maximum customer occupancy of that restaurant. 

If your business is open, it may remain open and should continue appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures. Also, any activity or work that has been available under the previous order remains available. Businesses should adopt appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures.

All businesses are still encouraged to provide delivery or pickup and to take orders online or by telephone.

Bars and nightclubs may operate at 50 percent capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing.

For restaurants, employee protocols remain in place under the Governor’s Executive Order. Other businesses should adopt appropriate measures based on CDC guidance.

The Governor’s Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks for employee or customers. However, customers, employees and employers should consult CDC guidance.

If a business exceeds 50 percent capacity enforcement penalties remain in place including a second-degree misdemeanor with a fine up to $500. Certain regulated businesses may face enforcement action for violations from their regulatory agency.

Local and state law enforcement continue to enforce Executive Orders, along with the regulatory agencies that oversee businesses.

Florida DPBR has provided Mandatory Measures and Best Practices for Restaurants.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has a document that answers questions related to restaurants

The National Restaurant Association also has a COVID-19 Resource Page.

Retail Establishments

Beginning June 5, on-site sale and retail businesses will be allowed to operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.

There are minimum health protocols that must be met to open a retail business. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 requires appropriate social distancing and limits groups to 10 people or fewer. Regulated businesses should adhere to agency guidance. Additionally, businesses should consult with the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

To reopen your business, review the requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 and see Executive Order 20-123.  Also review any guidance that has been provided from state and federal regulatory agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Personal care services such as tattoo parlors may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health. Executive Order 20-120 allowed for the reopening of barber shops and salons starting Monday, May 11.  You can find more information concerning safety protocols for these businesses at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency/

The Governor’s Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks. However, customers, employees and employers should consult CDC guidance. 

Local and state law enforcement continue to enforce Executive Orders, along with the regulatory agencies that oversee businesses.

Cordova Mall in Pensacola opened Monday, May 4 with the following safety policies and procedures:

  • Enhanced sanitization and disinfecting using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved products with an emphasis on high-traffic locations such as dining areas, restrooms, escalators, stairs, directories, trash bins and door knobs.
  • Shopper safeguards that include making available protective masks, sanitizing wipes and temperature testing at entrances or property offices, as well as the encouragement of pre-visit health screenings to ensure shoppers stay home if they have exhibited COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms within 72 hours.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be deployed throughout the property.
  • Signage promoting CDC guidelines for maintaining personal hygiene will be prominently displayed throughout the property.
  • Pre-emptive employee health screening to ensure that employees do not arrive at work within 72 hours of exhibiting COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
  • Employee safety protections including implementing the CDC’s COVID-19 frequent handwashing protocols, and offering personal protective equipment in addition to other CDC recommended practices.
  • Promotion and enforcement of social distancing practices, including occupancy limitations, furniture and restroom spacing, closure of play areas and strollers, as well as coordinated traffic flow with traffic signage and distance markers.
Cordova Mall’s COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy can be viewed in its entirety at www.simon.com/healthandsafety
 

As of June 5, gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing for classes and sufficient cleaning supplies to ensure, at a minimum, patron’s individual self-cleaning of surfaces and machines using sanitation wipes following each use.  Information from DBPR for gyms and fitness centers can be found at https://bit.ly/2WDb0I2.

Museums and libraries may operate at up to fifty percent building occupancy if permitted by local governments.  

Pari-muteul facilities may seek to operate with a written request for approval.

If a business exceeds 50 percent capacity, enforcement penalties remain in place including a second-degree misdemeanor with a fine up to $500. Certain regulated businesses may face enforcement action for violations from their regulatory agency.