Florida Takes a ‘Baby Step’ To Reopening Its Economy, Shut Down To Stem Coronavirus

Florida will begin reopening its economy on Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis says all of the state except for three counties in Southeast Florida meet the Phase 1 guidelines identified by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. A statewide shelter-in-place order expires Thursday, but DeSantis says people should continue to practice social distancing and not socialize in groups larger than 10. He’s also asked those who are medically vulnerable and the elderly to remain at home as much as possible. In a news conference at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, the governor said he was signing an executive order that allows restaurants and retail stores to reopen Monday, May 4. Restaurants will be able to use outdoor seating. Inside, they’ll be able in the first phase of the state’s plan to use just 25% of their seating capacity. Schools will remain closed and students will continue distance learning. Large venues, including movie theaters also remain closed for now, as do personal service

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Author: WGCU Public Media