Beginning May 18, the state also increased restrictions on restaurant and retail store capacity from 25% to 50%, as well as allowing the reopening of museums, libraries and gyms at 50% capacity. Bars and movie theaters will remain closed.
DeSantis gives go-ahead for Miami-Dade and Broward to reopen businesses Monday
“Miami-Dade and Broward have both submitted plans that I’ve approved,” DeSantis said. “Today we take another important step for a very important part of the state of Florida.”
DeSantis indicated that he would authorize a 50% cap on capacity at Miami-Dade County restaurants, double the state’s current 25% cap. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez asked the governor to allow the 50% threshold as he plans to lift COVID-19 closure orders on most businesses Monday and allow restaurants to once again welcome customers into dining rooms that he ordered to empty on March 17.
Dr. Richard Sutton, a Yale professor who specializes in infectious diseases, said DeSantis was correct in stating people who are otherwise healthy are unlikely to face serious health consequences from coronavirus. For “young, healthy people … the chances you’ll end up on a ventilator are low. But they’re not zero,” he said. “There are some notable exceptions.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis will now allow hair stylists, barbers and nail technicians to reopen, he announced May 8.
On May 11, Palm Beach County joined 64 other counties in the state and allowed customers inside restaurants and retail shops, with certain limitations.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will start reopening its parks on May 4 with some restrictions, saying the ability for Floridians to get outdoors will offer some “peace of mind.”
DeSantis said May 1 the opening of parks will cover all parts of the state, including the Southeast Florida counties that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus and are slated to open their businesses on a slower schedule than the rest of the state.
DeSantis said April 29 he is easing back on Florida’s month-long shutdown. The first phase will go into effect May 4, but will exclude Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach counties.
Elective surgeries can resume, restaurants can offer outdoor seating with six feet of social distance and indoor seating must be at 25% of normal capacity. Indoor retail businesses can operate at 25% indoor capacity. Bars and gyms would remain closed; schools will remain in distance learning. DeSantis has said he has no plans to reopen movie theaters.
DeSantis urged everyone to continue observing social distancing, avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people and wearing face masks in situations when physical distance is difficult to achieve. He also recommended that Florida’s most vulnerable population, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, remain sheltered in place.