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UPDATED: VP Pence, Gov. DeSantis Discuss Economic Recovery

Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, gestures as he speaks to the media with Vice President Mike Pence delivering personal protective equipment to the Westminster Baldwin Park, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Orlando, Fla., as part of the initiative to deliver PPE to more than 15,000 nursing homes across America. Pence is also scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to discuss their plans for re-opening during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday held an economic roundtable with tourism, theme park, hospitality leaders in Orlando to discuss the reopening of Florida’s economy.

Pence’s visit to the state began at a retirement community in Orlando, where he donated personal protective equipment.

While there, the vice president shared that he understands the difficulty of the visitor restrictions that have been placed on nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“It’s been hard for people to forgo seeing their moms, their dads, their grandmother, their grandfather, a loved one,” he said. “We know the steps that people have taken to make sacrifices in the opportunity they have to be with family members, and the steps that seniors have taken, have saved lives.”

The vice president also discussed the state’s reopening efforts. “I really think Florida has set the pace. The way you deployed testing, the way you implemented and echoed federal guidance, it’s commendable. We’ve slowed the spread, and now we’re opening up.”

Florida is now in “full Phase One” of its reopening strategy. That means restaurants and retail stores may operate at 50 percent capacity indoors, while gyms and fitness centers are also allowed to reopen.