Florida Reaches Phase 2, Reopening at 50% Capacity

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that the state will be moving onto Phase 2 to restart the economy during the Coronavirus pandemic. All counties, excluding Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County, will be able to open various businesses at a 50% capacity.

Florida Phase 2 Guidelines

During Phase 2, Florida bars will be able to reopen at 50% capacity indoors and full capacity outdoors with tables 6 feet apart. Tattoo Parlors, massage parlors, and tanning salons will also be able to re-open on Friday. Moreover, businesses such as concert halls, clubs, movie theaters, and bowling alleys will also be able to reopen at 50% capacity with social distancing guidelines in place.

Phase 2 will officially start this Friday, June 5th. Most of South Florida, however, will remain in Phase 1 until it is safe to move on. Unfortunately, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County are being affected by the coronavirus the hardest in the state.

Although business restrictions will be eased, Gov. Ron DeSantis reassures Florida residents that the coronavirus is still a threat. “The virus isn’t gone,” he stated during a press conference held at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. Therefore, residents should still take precautions in order to prevent catching the harmful sickness.

This decision comes just days after mass protests have taken place around the world. In response to George Floyd’s death brought about by the police, many people have gathered together to fight against the incident, police brutality, and to promote the safety of black lives. Curfews have been implemented in cities across the country, including those in Florida. Those who gather have been recommended to self-quarantine for two weeks to be cleared from the coronavirus. However, there have been concerns that protesters may not be taking this precaution. Therefore, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to ease restrictions may be seen as risky or unsafe during this time. Hopefully, this will not be the case.