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Leon County commissioners approve 3 phase reopening plan

County will stay in Phase One
Posted at 6:44 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 18:44:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thursday's meeting of Leon County commissioners focused on re-opening the county safely and reviewing a draft plan.

Commissioners approved a three phase plan that the county says is a road map as the state slowly reopens.

Leon County is already in Phase One which mirrors Governor DeSantis’ outline for a full Phase One.

Phases Two and Three are a projection from the state's reopening task force, slowly relaxing restrictions for businesses, employers and citizens.

Phase Two specifically allows for social gatherings, a higher capacity of customers at retailers and restaurants, partial bar openings with some county services reopening.

Phase Three is the 'New Normal Phase,' which allows businesses to continue increasing capacity while complying with social distancing.

Community centers would also be allowed to be reopen and things like concerts and events could happen at that stage with county approval.

The commission approved the plan, although with some concern.

"If numbers start to increase we might have evidence that some of these measures have gone a bit too far," said Kristin Dozier, county commissioner. "I’m really hoping people maintain social distancing, masks and other things. But that is always possible."

Each phase has objectives that must be met, like slowing the spread of the virus, protecting the homeless population, food insecurity and proper equipment for medical staff.

As the state lays out next steps for reopening the commission will hold emergency meeting to discuss how those updates will impact Leon County.

For now, the county will continue to operate in Phase One.