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Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils plans to reopen State of Florida

Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 29, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has unveiled his plan to reopen Florida, saying restrictions will be loosened starting on Monday, May 4.

The governor said the first phase of the plan will begin on Monday, May 4. As part of the first phase, restaurants and stores will be allowed to reopen with 25 percent capacity, if local government allows it.

During his 'Safe. Smart. Step-by-step' conference, DeSantis said that the plan will prioritize public safety, protecting the most vulnerable and protecting civil liberties, condemning fear as "our enemy."

"The facts should be comforting than the fear," DeSantis said.

Along with restaurants and stores reopening, the governor will also allow hospitals and surgical centers to restart nonessential, elective procedures if they have sufficient medical supplies and agree to help nursing homes and assisted living facilities respond to COVID-19 outbreaks.

You can find a full, detailed breakdown of DeSantis' plan here.

The first phase of reopening will not include Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties, which have all been heavily impacted by the coronavirus.

DeSantis did not give a specific timetable on when Phase 2 of reopening will begin.

You can watch the full press conference below: