TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the next steps Florida is taking on the path of reopening.
During a news conference in Jacksonville, the governor announced a “full” Phase One will begin on Monday.
“We went to Phase One but made clear we’re going smart, safe and step-by-step,” he said, pointing out that he held off on some of the things that were allowed to be in Phase One. “We did an initial Phase One. We did not exhaust everything we could have in Phase One.”
In the full Phase One beginning Monday, restaurants and retailers will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. They’re currently limited to 25 percent.
Gyms will be allowed to reopen on Monday as well.
“Don’t we want people to get in shape? That’s gonna help you fight the virus,” the governor said during his announcement.
Theme parks will also be allowed to start submitting plans for reopening.
The full first phase will still not include movie theaters. Gov. DeSantis said it’s because the virus is more transmissible in enclosed indoor environments.
The “full” Phase One of reopening does not mean Florida is fully moving into Phase Two.
“When can we expect Phase Two to start?” is one of the first questions in the FAQ.
The answer given is, “Once the governor determines it is suitable to continue reopening and after fully considering medical data in consultation with state health officials.”
As Florida continues to move forward with reopening, Gov. DeSantis says protecting the vulnerable will remain a top priority.
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