Florida's Phase 1 Is In Full Swing Today & Here's What's Different
Also what you can look forward to in Phase 2!
May has been a big month for Florida businesses as barbershops and salons finally saw the light of day again just over a week ago. Gyms even got the green light and start their openings today. On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s phase 1 reopening would officially go into full swing this week, giving local businesses a little more freedom to operate as normal. Here's what's different and what you can expect moving forward.
In the beginning, Phase 1 saw the tentative cracking-open of restaurant and retail doors, with adjusted hours and very limited capacity. A few parks and beaches were also opened a little at a time.
Now with the full Phase 1, Sunshine Staters are looking at the max capacity of dining destinations, retail shops, hair salons,increased to 50% of the normal amount. The opening of museums and libraries will also be at half capacity.
Florida pharmacists will be able to administer COVID-19 tests, and local governments will be given more reign to decide how strict or lenient their own restrictions should be.
As exciting as these announcements can be for those looking to return to a sense of normalcy, businesses are still moving through the phased approach with caution.
had a partial opening last week and will move into their first phase of reopening this week as well.
As for when a full reopening for theme parks will be seen, that's still up in the air. However, in Phase 2 they'll be able to submit their detailed plans for a full opening to the state, and already have some precautions and restrictions in mind — such as and employee screenings.
Thinking about Florida’s Phase 2 approach is enough to get the butterflies stirring, with the potential reopening of and nightclubs, , concert halls, , the return of sporting events, and even a green light for nonessential travel.
How these increased reopenings in Florida will affect cases seen of COVID-19 is going to take some waiting to find out. It can take anywhere between two and 14 days after being exposed to the virus for the symptoms that prompt people to get tested to appear.
According to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, there are currently 46,442 confirmed cases in the Sunshine State. The numbers are continually updated as more data becomes available.
During these phased reopenings, Governor DeSantis encourages residents to still practice social distancing and get tested if possible.
As Florida moves forward, remember to stay safe and keep up to date on the most current regulations.
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