Gov. DeSantis announces bars, gyms can reopen as most of state enters Phase 2 coronavirus recovery
Bars across the state of Florida can reopen starting on Friday, but not yet in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.
Speaking at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando, the governor said Florida is ready to enter “Phase Two” of its reopening plan.
Under the new reopening guidelines, which take effect on Friday:
- Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing
- Bars and pubs may operate at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing
- Retail stores may operate at full capacity
- Gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity
- Entertainment venues like movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50% capacity
- Personal services business like tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to the Florida Department of Health
- Pari-mutuel facilities which offer gambling may submit a request to open to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- The guidelines will apply to 64 counties in Florida, excluding Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and the Volcano Bay water park are scheduled to reopen on June 5.
SeaWorld Orlando is planning to reopen on June 10, while Walt Disney World theme parks are slated to reopen on July 11.
Once the parks reopen, capacity will be limited, all guests will be required to wear face coverings and get their temperatures checked upon arrival, and markings on the ground will help encourage social distancing.
Florida’s coronavirus death toll is now up to two-thousand-566. Cases statewide total nearly 59-thousand.