Florida Enters Phase Two of Reopening Process
Governor Ron DeSantis has allowed Florida to move into Phase 2 of its gradual reopening plans. Phase Two includes the limited reopening of bars, movie theaters and entertainment venues. Phase Two also includes allowing increased capacity at most businesses that were allowed to open on a limited basis during Phase One. Phase Two marks a significant step toward returning to normal activities for those who wish to do so, although large gatherings and venues remain restricted.
This latest phase in the recovery process took effect June 5. It includes all Florida counties except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Those counties also have been slowly moving toward reopening, but at a slower pace than the rest of the state.
Restaurants are now allowed to be open at 50 percent capacity indoors and without restrictions outdoors. Of course, the businesses are expected to facilitate the social distancing and sanitization practices. Retail shops, which previously were allowed to reopen at limited capacity in Phase One, can operate at full capacity with those same types of protocols.