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Florida begins to open with Phase 1 Monday: here's what it means

Posted at 6:23 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 06:32:12-04

(WTFTS) — On Monday, most of Florida will enter Phase 1 of Governor Ron DeSantis' plan to reopen the Sunshine State.

What does this mean? It means Floridians outside of Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties can finally take the first permitted -- but slow -- steps toward their path to normalcy.

Restaurants and retail can now reopen but with limited capacities.

Here is what is reopening on Monday, May 4:

  • Florida state parks
  • Elective surgeries can resume
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with 6 foot space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
  • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity

Places not reopening during Phase 1:

  • Bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers
  • Schools remain distance learning
  • Visits to senior living facilities are still prohibited

* = Reopening date has not yet been announced as of Sunday, May 3.