Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference Wednesday at 5pm ... He announced the details of Phase 1 of his plan for reopening Florida.
DeSantis said the reopening plan for the state will go into effect on Monday, May 4, but will not include counties of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach because advisors believe those counties are not ready for phase 1.
DeSantis made the announcement a day after consulting with President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force on Tuesday.
“We’re gonna approach it in a very measured, thoughtful and data-driven way and I think that’s what most of the folks throughout the state are looking for,” DeSantis said as he sat next to President Donald Trump.
Here's what phase 1 looks like for now... Gov. DeSantis said he would re-visit portions of this phase as time and new data give a clearer picture of the situation and adjust accordingly.
Reopening in Florida on May 4
Restaurants are allowed to reopen their indoor dining at a 25% capacity and their outdoor seating areas at 50%. Both indoor and outdoor seating must include six feet of space between tables.
Non essential retail stores will be allowed to re-open also with only 25% of capacity allowed inside stores.
On the job, it’s likely that DeSantis will encourage employers to continue emphasizing remote working, while using social distancing among the returning workforce and suggested wearing mask in the workplace if space doesn't allow enough space for proper social distancing.
Elective surgeries are okay again.
Bars, gyms and places where personal services are done, such as hair salons, will remain closed.
Schools remain closed and will continue distancing learning. Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited