While parts of the State of Florida have lifted the stay-at-home order and has implemented Phase 1 of a plan to begin reopening the State, the 6-foot social distancing requirement and other precautions remain in place.
The reopening plan follows 10 days of meetings by the governor’s task force to reopen the state. The group of CEOs, top Republicans, and other economic advisors held several topic-driven conference calls to guide the strategy.
According to the governor, bars will remain closed. Hairdressers and barbers are still not allowed to return to work, and movie theaters will remain shuttered. Distance learning continues for students. Visitors to nursing homes and long-term care facilities are still banned, although the governor said some exceptions could be made for visitors who’ve been tested first. Hospitals may resume elective surgeries but must maintain capacity in the event of an unexpected surge of patients.
- Restaurants can offer outdoor seating with 6-foot spacing between tables and indoor seating at 25-percent capacity
- Retail can operate at 25-percent of indoor capacity
- Elective surgeries can resume
- No changes for bars, gyms, and personal services (like salons)
- Schools remain distance-learning only
-Visits to senior living facilities still prohibited
Phase one also includes guidance to avoid socializing in groups of more than 10, while face coverings are recommended in all face-to-face interactions.