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Ocala Fire Rescue Helps Businesses Determine Maximum Capacity as Retailers and Restaurants Prepare to Re-open

By OCALA FIRE RESCUE, Correspondent | May 04, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 050420107

(OCALA, Fla.) May 1, 2020 – Ocala Fire Rescue’s (OFR) Fire Prevention Division is offering a dedicated phone line and email address where businesses needing help determining their new maximum capacity can inquire, as they prepare to re-open. The offering comes as a means to limit fire hazards and COVID-19 spread while assisting business owners in complying with Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112.

Under Executive Order 20-112, retail spaces and restaurants can re-open if their occupancy does not exceed 25% of their facility’s capacity. Although businesses have pre-determined occupant loads, not all businesses have this figure posted or readily available. Utilizing the Florida Fire Prevention Code, the Fire Prevention Division can assist business owners in calculating their new 25% maximum capacity.

For assistance calculating your facility’s occupant load, businesses within the city of Ocala can contact OFR’s Fire Prevention Division. Inquiries can be directed to Captain Anthony Ortiz by phone (352-572-0380) or email (fireprevention@ocalafl.org).

“At Ocala Fire Rescue, we are determined to do our part to help businesses champion the challenges brought upon by the occupancy restrictions as they begin to re-open,” said Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander. “Offering assistance in calculating the new 25% maximum capacity does not only support the Governor’s directives, but it also promotes community risk reduction and encourages the community to remain safe.”

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.