Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state will move into a “full Phase 1” reopening starting Monday. “The American people never signed up for a perpetual shelter in place,” said.
That means gyms, which have until now been excluded from the partial reopening that started May 4, can open. Restaurants, retail shops, museums and libraries, which had been allowed to serve people at a quarter of their capacity, can now serve patrons at 50 percent capacity. Even theme parks have been told to plan reopening, DeSantis said, by having their operators submit a safety plan to the state.
Here’s what else to expect as Florida enters its full phase one of reopening come Monday:
Museums, libraries, restaurants and retail shops can operate at 50% capacity, up from the current 25%.
Gyms can open as long as they maintain social distancing and keep capacity at 50%.
Any professional Florida team can train at sporting venues. Teams will also be allowed to play at those venues when the season begins. DeSantis didn’t mention when fans will be allowed to attend those events.
Amusement parks can submit reopening plans to the state, which should include a date for when they’d like to reopen. The plans should also include guidelines on how to protect guests and employees and an endorsement from a local elected official, for example, the mayor.
Movie theaters will remain closed, although drive-in locations can operate. Bars and nightclubs also will remain closed until phase two begins.
No decision has been made on summer camps, but DeSantis hopes to know more about that soon. He said he doesn’t want to see young children deprived of activities.
No statewide announcement has been made on vacation rentals. The governor said counties that would like them to begin again should submit a plan to the state for authorization. He said having vacation rentals open to only Florida residents would be preferred.