TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida’s reopening steps on Monday will exclude Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
DeSantis said testing efforts will continue and there will be two new testing sites in Miami-Dade and Broward. One will be at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Beach and the other at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
“If you look at southeast Florida, you are seeing a downward movement,” DeSantis said, adding, “We think we are going to be able to get them there relatively soon.”
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In other parts of Florida, both restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to re-open with a 25% capacity. Outdoor seating will also be allowed.
“We are recommending face masks,” DeSantis said, adding that this is especially important during “face-to-face” business, but otherwise will not be enforced.
The process, he said, will also include the continued efforts to support hospital capacity and protect vulnerable populations at long-term care facilities with a shelter-in-place order.
“We are going to be safe, smart and we are going to do it step by step,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis will be keeping movie theaters, bars and gyms closed for now.
Phase 1 also encourages telework whenever possible, keeps schools closed, and it discourages non-essential travel. Hospitals will now be able to perform elective surgeries.
DeSantis said President Donald Trump approved Florida’s plan, which discourages social settings of more than 10 people “in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.”
DeSantis’ Phase 1
Late Wednesday, Gov. DeSantis released the details of Phase 1 in Executive Order 20-112.
The full document can be seen below: