Florida Starts to Reopen After COVID-19
This will be the first in a series of blog posts that document the gradual reopening of Florida business and amenities with a spotlight on Palm Beach County, Florida where The Wallace Law Group, PL is located.
Phase 1 Reopening
In response to the Florida Safer at Home Order which is set to expire today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued his Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan which included the following guidance yesterday on the reopening of Florida:
For all of Florida (except Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties) businesses shall reopen under certain guidelines and restrictions which shall commence on May 4, 2020. The basics of Phase I of the Plan is as follows:
- Schools must keep distance learning
- Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
- Elective surgeries can resume
- Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six feet of space between tables
- Indoor seating at restaurants must be at 25% capacity
- Retail Stores can reopen at 25% capacity
- No change for bars, gyms and personal services, like 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.
- Essential business guidance will continue, meaning if the business was essential before, they will remain open.
- Libraries and museums can also open at 25 percent capacity with local gov approval.
- The Plan does not contain a preemption on local rules where those rules restrict or close businesses or buildings.
The key metrics to consider before Florida moves on to Phase 2:
- The state maintains the health benchmarks of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan”
- Maintaining hospital bed capacity
- Monitoring COVID-19 test positivity rate
Palm Beach County Reopening Certain Recreational Activities
On April 28, 2020, Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 5, which provided that certain recreational activities were permitted to reopen yesterday provided CDC Guidelines are continued to be followed:
- Golf Courses
- Tennis Courts
- Public Parks and Nature Centers
- Community Pools
- Boating and Marine Activity
As of yesterday, Florida has more than 33,000 coronavirus cases, more than 5,400 hospitalizations and more than 1,200 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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