Gov DeSantis Moved Florida Into Phase 3, Removes Restrictions on Restaurants, Bars
On Friday afternoon, Gov DeSantis moved Florida into “Phase 3,” removing all restrictions on restaurants, bars, gyms, hair salons, theaters, and theme parks, etc. If their local jurisdiction still has restrictions, he stated that they must allow at least 50% capacity. The Governor also removed any fines, fees, or restrictions for not wearing a mask.
“I think we need to get away from trying to penalize people for social distancing and just work with people, constructively…People shouldn’t think it’s over. They shouldn’t think it’s done. We could easily see a resurgence. I don’t think anybody knows… we’re not closing anything going forward.” Gov DeSantis
Businesses are free to impose their own restrictions if they feel the need to do so. News4Jax reported the Phase 3 criteria:
- Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) can resume public interactions but should practice social distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical unless precautionary measures are observed. Vulnerable populations should affirmatively inform their employer that they are a member of the vulnerable population so that their employer can plan accordingly.
- Non-vulnerable populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
- Non-essential travel may continue.
- Employees should resume unrestricted staffing of worksites and implement the final phasing in of employees returning to work. For vulnerable populations, teleworking can be considered.
- Local government meetings should return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.
- Gyms and fitness centers should open to full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.
- Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.
- Vacation Rentals should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals.
- Operators of retail businesses should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.