A closer look and breakdown of Florida's "Phase I" re-opening guidelines

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2020

We now know what the next step is to reopening Florida.

As part of the plan for the state's recovery, DeSantis said the state will prevent COVID-19 introduction into the community from outside Florida, support hospital capacity and health care workers, promote social distancing and increase testing - including the acquisition of a mobile lab that will travel the state with the ability to test 3,500 people per week. Starting on Monday, restaurants will be allowed to have outdoor seating and 25 percent indoor seating, retail stores can reopen at 25 percent capacity and elective surgeries can resume.

"These moments will be forever lost", DeSantis said.

Visits to senior facilities will not be allowed until a testing procedure can be implemented.

Still, the governor said movie theaters and gyms would remain closed, and he would "look to see what happens in other states" before providing a timeline for their reopening. "I'm going to be reviewing that today", DeSantis said.

Social distancing guidelines remain in place, including the six-foot boundary between people, avoiding groups of 10 or more and wearing face coverings when social distancing isn't possible or practical.

"We're not going to fine people if they're not doing it", DeSantis said. More than 5,400 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the state Health Department.

And it came after DeSantis touched base with President Donald Trump during an Oval Office meeting.

DeSantis has said Florida would reopen slowly and methodically, and that regions could reopen at different times and rates.

Daytona Beach City Commission member Rob Gilliland said that if DeSantis "comes out with something we don't think is restrictive enough", the city could mandate precautions to ensure that residents are protected.

DeSantis' "Safer At Home" order expires Thursday at midnight.

But DeSantis said the state is in better shape than others, like NY.

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