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Governor Ron DeSantis announced his SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. plan to reopen Florida Wednesday (4/29) afternoon.

Phase one of the plan starts Monday, May 4th. Guidelines, for now, exclude Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties due to their high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Phase one includes more testing sites and contact tracing will continue.

What is Phase One? According to the governor’s press conference here are the basics:

  • Schools will remain closed. Distance learning to continue.
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.
  • Elective surgeries can resume.
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six-foot space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity.
  • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity.
  • No change for bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers.
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home
  • Everyone should maximize physical distance from others while in public
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not “readily allow for physical distancing”
  • Face masks are recommended for those in face-to-face interactions and where you can’t social distance.

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