Gov. DeSantis announces Phase 2 plan to reopen Florida

Orlando, Fla. — Florida’s Phase 2 plan to reopen the economy will start on Friday, June 5th.

Speaking from Universal Orlando, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the next phase would allow groups with up to 50 people.

DeSantis said events such as a wedding or funeral, will need to take precautions.

Phase 2: Restaurants, Bars, and Clubs

  • 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. Patrons will only be served if seated

Phase 2: Entertainment Business

  • Entertainment businesses include, but are not limited to, movie theaters, concert venues, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing, and sanitizing protocols.

“In our phase two, we will be going with bars being able to operate consistent with this guidance diminished standing room occupancy so basically outdoor seating with social distance, a certain amount indoors, but you’re seated to get served. I mean ... go enjoy. Have a drink," DeSantis said. “We want to not have huge crowds piling in.”

Phase two does not include Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. DeSantis will work with those three counties to reopen, if they're ready.

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