Florida Governor Announces Phase 1 of His Reopening Plan Starts May 4

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Phase 1 of his plan to reopen the state will begin on Monday, May 4. Updated rules will be in place except in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, which have been the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Phase 1 does not specifically address Florida's theme parks, however does provide updated rules on retail and dining.

  • Restaurants can reopen with 6-foot social distancing for outdoor seating and 25% capacity for indoor seating.
  • Retail establishments can reopen with 25% capacity.
  • Elective surgeries can resume.
  • Schools campuses will not reopen and will remain on "distance learning".
  • Visits to senior facilities will not be allowed until a testing procedure can be implemented.
  • Bars will stay closed.
  • Gyms will stay closed.
  • Hair salons will stay closed.
  • Movie theaters will stay closed.
  • Those over 65 and/or at risk should remain home.

While not mandating them, DeSantis recommended the wearing of face masks when social distancing can't be maintained.

DeSantis said that moving to a Phase 2 would be based on both hospital capacity and the lack of any major surge in cases during Phase 1. He suggested that Phase 2 would begin in weeks, not months.

While Phase 1 begins on Monday, some local governments have tighter restrictions that remain in place or would need to be lifted.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Image: Governor Ron DeSantis

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