After the U.S. (and Walt Disney World) closed due to the global health crisis, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis coordinated the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. effort. This plan introduced phases of reopening for the state.
Much of the state entered phase 2 in March, which allowed the reopening of select bars and movie theaters, along with several other venue types. However, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties were ordered to remain in phase one.
Palm Beach County moved into phase 2 recently. Gov. DeSantis also just announced that Miami-Dade and Broward Counties would also now move into the next phase, putting the entire state in phase 2.
Phase 2 allows indoor restaurants, theaters, and gyms to operate at 50% capacity. Shops can be at full capacity (such as those at Disney Springs), as long as social distancing precautions are in place. However, phase 2 prohibits any social gatherings with more than 50 people.
Previously in Florida, there was a statewide ban on bars, preventing locations that received 50% or more of their gross revenue from alcohol sales, from opening. However, Florida just issued a new emergency order that will allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity as of Monday, September 14th.
Although bars can reopen with 50% capacity, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, has said that he won’t allow bars to reopen there for the time being.
We will continue to keep you updated on the reopening of Florida and its theme parks, so be sure to keep checking the site for new information!
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