While Governor Ron DeSantis has been meeting regularly with his committee to reopen parts of Florida and jumpstart the state’s economy, he hasn’t said when they’ll be putting their plans into action.
But now that Florida’s stay at home order will be expiring April 3oth, many residents are wondering what might happen next.
We’ve been bringing you regular updates regarding the task force’s suggested regulations for public safety measures in airports, cruise lines, hotels, restaurants, hair salons, and even some of the state’s theme parks once they reopen (although Disney World wasn’t specifically mentioned).
And while no timeframe has been provided by DeSantis who has said he’s more concerned with “getting it right” than setting a date, the Orlando Sentinel has reported the Re-Open Florida Task Force is expected to present a reopening outline on Wednesday.
“It’s not going to be something that a switch is going to be flipped,” DeSantis said in regards to his plans to gradually restart Florida’s commerce in stages. “This phase one is a baby step.” DeSantis stated, “I mean, we are deliberately going to be very methodical, slow and data-driven on this because I think that if people want to have confidence that things are going in a good direction, it gives us the ability to do things if we see something somewhere.”
So far, Florida’s healthcare system hasn’t seemed to be overwhelmed by cases. Its coronavirus-related death toll is approaching 1,200, and one model predicts fatalities will climb to just over 1,900 by summer — assuming social distancing will still be in effect until infected numbers are reduced and the virus is contained.
Along with plans for re-opening, Orange County officials are emphasizing the importance of having more testing facilities for Florida residents. So far, Florida has performed more than 368,000 COVID-19 tests.
Governor DeSantis says he has ordered the state surgeon general to allow licensed pharmacists to order and administer tests and that he’s also working with two labs who could help ramp up testing to 18,000 tests a day.
Read what Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday about Florida reaching its peak in cases already here!
While this likely won’t be the answer to the burning question of, “When will Disney World re-open?” we’ll be watching Governor DeSantis make his announcement tomorrow and we’ll report back with full-coverage! Stay tuned!
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