Governor DeSantis is pushing onward to a new phase. On Wednesday, the Florida governor announced that the state would move on to phase 2 of reopening on Friday, June 5—though that only applies to counties that originally entered phase 1 under his mandate. Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade, which didn’t begin the process until May 18, will remain in phase 1. It’ll be up to our county mayors to say when we’re ready.
The biggest change you can expect to see: bars, personal care businesses (think spas, massage establishments and tattoo parlors) and entertainment centers (like movie theaters and bowling alleys) will be allowed to resume business at 50-percent capacity. Social-distancing and hygiene guidelines still apply (think more sanitization stations and spaced seating). But, as of this coming Friday, you’ll be able to have a drink at your local watering hole and check out the latest flick at your local cinema.
Phase 2 also brings with it an increase in capacity at places that reopened under phase 1, including gyms and retail where full occupancy will be allowed. Plus, folks with elderly relatives in a senior care facility can now go and visit.
What’s next for the state? Determining when and how Florida’s universities will reopen. As for the county, we’ll be in phase 1 at least until the weekend while we wait for news on when our beaches will reopen, how late we can stay out and when gyms can safely resume business.
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