Last updated: ​May 27 at 2:15 p.m. ET

Governor’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Elective Procedures May Resume on May 4

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his plan for Florida’s recovery, which will allow for elective procedures to resume in a hospital ambulatory surgical center, office surgery center, dental office, orthodontic office, endodontic office or other health care practitioners’ office on Monday, May 4 statewide.

The governor issued Executive Order 20-112, which outlines protocols that need to be met in order to restart elective procedures. This executive order supersedes the conflicting provisions of Executive Order 20-72.

As indicated in the Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response, dentists are identified as “essential” critical infrastructure workers (see page 5).

Please find a list of FAQs for Executive Order 20-112.

Reopening Guidance

The American Dental Association (ADA) has released new guidance on reopening dental practices in the form of a toolkit that was developed based on the work of the ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery co-chaired by FDA President Dr. Rudy Liddell. This toolkit is focused on the short-term management of dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic as providers return to non-emergent care and includes resources such as staff protection strategies, a chairside checklist for working in the operatory, a customizable letter to patients, guidance for pre-appointment screening, in-office patient registration, post-procedure patient exit and much more.

*NEW!* The ADA has issued guidance for implementing COVID-19 hazard assessments in dental settings that can be used to mitigate risk. The ADA also released a hazard assessment checklist as a supplementary tool (both require an ADA member login). These are complementary pieces to the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and will enable dentists to provide dental care in a safe and healthy work environment for employees while reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread for all.

  • *UPDATED!* Safety and Clinical Guidance (Including PPE)
  • What is a medically necessary, urgent or emergency procedure?

As this is an evolving situation, Florida dentists and patients seeking news and updates should visit:

The Florida ​DOH has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at 866.779.6121, available 24 hours a day, for any questions. You also can email

The state surgeon general is holding weekly conference calls for health care providers every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The call-in information is below:

Date: Tuesday
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Call-in Number: 888.585.9008
Conference Room ID: 208.305.233

Along with the ADA, we will continue to provide you with important updates and information through our communications channels. Again, we ask you to read all communications from the FDA and ADA.

We urge all members to exercise your best judgement and caution during this time and to reach out to the FDA or ADA with any questions or concerns. We thank you for your commitment to providing the highest level of care for Florida’s patients and dental profession. As this situation is continually evolving, our recommendations could evolve as new information is brought forward. The FDA will continue to share updates and communications with our members.