Reopening… check your state and local government websites to know what is required.

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 18, 2020


As the curve flattens, the state, its counties and its cities are now beginning to permit their communities to reopen.  But what does that mean and what should your community do to plan for the reopening? 


Every community should check their state and local government websites for the most current information on how their community may reopen and what their government requires of them. The websites will provide you access to the executive orders or declarations that have been passed concerning closures and re-openings in your community.  The requirements will vary based on your specific locality so checking your specific county and city websites are important as the requirements and scheduled re-openings vary from county to county and city to city. 


For example, some counties have specific requirements and explain what may be reopened such as the pool or such as outdoor recreational activities. Some counties vary on what may be reopened with some counties permitting condominiums and multifamily housing to reopen certain features such as the pool and pool deck subject to restrictions while others do not, limiting re-openings instead to only single family residential homes, townhomes, duplexes or villas where the likelihood of sharing common areas with many people is small and limited to one or two households. 


Other examples of variations between local requirements can be found in requirements such as social distancing, percentage occupancy of common areas like the pool deck, access to certain common areas like outdoor or indoor, use of common area furnishings which some counties expressly prohibit, hours of operation for common areas or supervisory restrictions to ensure compliance with the local government regulations.  So local requirements vary.  Because such requirements make up local law, communities should not rely on what other counties and cities do as such laws may not similarly apply in your county or city.


Finally, all of the governments suggest compliance with the CDC social distancing guidelines should occur.  The CDC guidelines contain recommended practices for communities to follow and include guidelines beyond social distancing that are relevant to residential communities and commercial businesses. The CDC guidelines are evolving so subject to change.  Each community should review their requirements and the CDC guidelines to determine what is required for and best for their community. Knowing what the governmental requirements exist is paramount.  So the sooner your community becomes aware of what is required the sooner you can determine whether reopening can be done in compliance with the law and, if so, to put a plan in place to ensure compliance with it.


Below is a link to CDC guidance concerning shared living arrangements.  It addresses various common use areas such as pools, laundry rooms, recreational and gym facilities, shared bathrooms and more.


Below is a link to CDC guidance specific to retirement communities.

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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.


Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.




He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.

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