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Florida Begins Phase Two Reopening Process, Except for South Florida


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida’s Phase Two reopening begins Friday which will allow bars to reopen.

The order takes effect today but does not include Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

In Florida’s other 64 counties, restaurants can now seat people at a bar, and bars and pubs can open at 50% capacity with social distancing and sanitation.

“You’re seated to get served. People go, enjoy, have a drink, that’s fine, We want to kind of not have huge crowds piling in,” DeSantis said.

Retail establishments may operate at full capacity, movie theaters and bowling alleys can open at 50% capacity.

Florida allowed restaurants and retail shops to open at 25% capacity on May 4 and expanded that later in the month.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3rd.
The order remained in effect until May 1 and closed all non-essential businesses around the state and urged residents to stay home in an effort to fight the coronavirus.