Florida begins Phase 2 of reopening with theme parks, bars

Author: The Associated Press
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Governor DeSantis. Photo via WINK News

Florida bars, bowling alleys, and theme parks will be part of the next phase of reopening the state in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.

DeSantis made his announcement at Universal Parks and Resorts, which opened to passholders for Wednesday and Thursday, and will open to the public on Friday.

“Amusement parks — we’re here right now — we wanted them to work with their local governments to submit plans,” DeSantis said. “Universal did a great job, had a great plan, and I think as you’ve seen, they’re taking safety very seriously to keep their guests safe.”

Friday is also the day where Phase 2 of the reopening will begin, with bars allowed to open at 50 percent capacity with social distancing and sanitation.

“You’re seated to get served. People go, enjoy, have a drink, that’s fine, We want to kind of not have huge crowds piling in,” DeSantis said.

Phase 2 applies to 64 of Florida’s 67 counties. The hardest-hit; Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach will have to submit plans for the next step in their reopening.

Restaurants may allow bar top seating with proper social distancing being practiced.

Retail establishments may operate at full capacity while following social distancing guidelines.

Gyms may also operate at full capacity with proper social distancing guidelines and frequent sanitization.

Entertainment businesses including but not limited to movie theatres, concert houses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at 50% capacity while following social distancing guidelines and sanitizing protocols.

Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons, and massage establishments may operate while adhering to the Florida Department of Health guidelines.

Recommended groups of 50 people or less are OK as well.

Watch the full announcement in the video below:

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