Monday – Florida Opens Up Gyms In Phase One
Florida’s Phase One reopening is set for Monday, with gyms, retailers, and restaurants on the agenda. Of course, there are new restrictions, but at least they’ll be able to open up for the first time since the pandemic closed everything down in March.
“Don’t we want people to get in shape? That’s gonna help you fight the virus.” Gov Ron DeSantis
For gyms across the state, this is great news. People that have been couped up in their homes for so long need a place to get back their strength and stamina. The full phase one will allow 50% capacity for businesses opening. For gyms, that may mean moving every other machine and rigid cleaning regimens, but at least people will be able to get those muscles back in tone, even if it’s only at 50% capacity for the time being.
“When can we expect Phase Two to start?” is one of the first questions in the FAQ.
The answer given is, “Once the governor determines it is suitable to continue reopening and after fully considering medical data in consultation with state health officials.”
As Florida continues to move forward with reopening, Gov. DeSantis says protecting the vulnerable will remain a top priority.”
Gov DeSantis’ original order expired two days ago. The partial phase one re-opening of the state began on May 4. Monday will begin the full phase one.
Florida politics reported on May 15,
“He left a stay-at-home order in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Palm Beach, which has the least number of COVID-19 cases of the three, was allowed to enter Phase One reopening on May 11. Broward and Miami-Dade are expected to move into Phase One on May 18.
Initial Phase One restrictions include 25% occupancy limits and restaurants and retailers, and gyms and bars are not yet open. But DeSantis announced that beginning May 18, those limits will increase to 50% and gyms will be allowed to open with social distancing guidelines in place.
DeSantis also made clear local governments will be able to impose local restrictions, as many were already doing for DeSantis issued a statewide order. DeSantis’ safer-at-home order for the entire state allowed only essential activities and services. It went into effect on April 3 and will remain in effect in the remaining two South Florida counties until further notice.
You can read the different counties and area orders at Florida Politics.
Featured photo: Screenshot of Gov DeSantis via WFLA video