After laying dormant for months, beleaguered eaters in Miami and Miami Beach may have some good news coming on the horizon: restaurants will soon spring back to life. That was the word from Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Wednesday when he announced restaurants reopening in Miami-Dade County on May 18. Talks about when and how the area would reopen have been a major topic since South Florida has been deemed the epicenter of the state's COVID-19 pandemic.\nMiami, Miami Beach, and Hialeah, the county's three largest cities, will reopen their restaurants on Monday if Governor Ron DeSantis supports the plan. The move is an effort to bring a semblance of normalcy to the area.\nMayor Gimenez released a lengthy how-to guide for reopening the area, called The New Normal.\nIf approved, the plan will dictate that restaurants cannot exceed 50% capacity, though municipalities could put in stricter capacity limits than what the county has set forth, Gimenez said a video conference on Wednesday.\nHe cautioned that this could pose a problem as it would create a disjointed patchwork of standards in the area.\nMayor Carlos A. Gimenez answers reporters questions about business openings. https://t.co/so9PTYjsNx— Miami-Dade County (@MiamiDadeCounty) May 13, 2020\nStill, restaurants reopening within Miami-Dade will be seen as a sign that things are somewhat returning to normal. However, there will be significant changes.\nFor instance, restaurant staff is required to wear masks and gloves, and patrons will have to do the same if they're not eating. Also, tables will have to be six feet apart with hand sanitizers at each one.\nWe hope to open some businesses closed by Miami-Dade's COVID-19 emergency orders on May 18th. I share with you our Phase I draft guidelines for reopening submitted to Governor DeSantis for review. This information is preliminary and might change: https://t.co/F2KCHBxbSB (1/2) pic.twitter.com/7vdAU1lhOK— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) May 13, 2020\nAlso, outdoor dining will be greatly encouraged, and streets may be closed off to allow for it, such as Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, which shouldn't be a problem as South Floridians have long enjoyed dining al fresco.\nIt's also important to note that individual municipalities, cities, can impose stricter restrictions on their residents than the ones Miami-Dade County may have in place. (2/2)— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) May 13, 2020\nThe future of dining out will look a lot different than it did before. Some restaurants might struggle to make the change, though it has the potential to elevate the South Florida dining lifestyle.