Florida's governor announced today that most of the state will begin the first phase of its reopening on Monday, though theme parks will not be included.
The reopening guidelines will apply to restaurants and retail, as well as allowing elective surgeries to resume, a step that California took last week. Governor Ron DeSantis's new phase one reopening order will allow retail to operate at 25 percent of their indoor capacity, with restaurants also allowed to offer indoor, dine-in seating at 25 percent of capacity. Restaurants also would be allowed to offer outdoor seating with six feet of spacing between tables.
There will be no change for bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers. Schools will remain in distance-learning only mode and visits to senior living facilities will continued to be prohibited.
The governor said that Florida's reopening plan would follow the White House's three-phase reopening plan, though Florida will adjust each phase. For example, DeSantis said that he declined to allow movie theaters to reopen in the first phase, due to what he said was a higher risk of transmission for people when they are indoors as opposed to outdoors.
The phase one reopening would not apply to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in southeast Florida, which have seen the state's highest caseloads of Covid infections.
Theme parks would need to wait for future phases to begin reopening. Florida will look health benchmarks - including hospital bed capacity and Covid-19 testing positive rates - to decide when to move onto those steps, though the governor said that he anticipates the state doing so in "weeks, not months."
He provided no details on what exactly would be included in Florida's phase two or three, which might provide more guidance as when Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and other Florida theme parks might legally be cleared to reopen to the public.Tweet
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