On March 27, 2020, pursuant to the authority granted by the Florida Governor under Executive Order 20-52, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued an Emergency Order that extended the abilities of Community Association Boards of Directors to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic when gatherings have been prohibited and social distancing is mandated by the Federal and State Governments.  The emergency powers of boards of directors have been expanded to include actions necessary “to help protect the health, safety, and welfare of the association, the owners/members, their family members, tenants, guests, agents or invitees.” And the language in Chapters 718, 719, and 720 which limits the emergency powers to “response to damage caused by an event” is suspended.  A copy of Executive Order 20-52 can be viewed here.

Condominiums: F.S. Section 718.1265(1)

Cooperatives: F.S. Section 719.128(1)

Homeowner Associations: F.S. Section 720.316(1)