On Monday, most of Florida will enter Phase 1 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen the Sunshine State.
What does this mean? It means Floridians outside of Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties can finally take the first permitted — but slow — steps toward their path to normalcy.
Here is what is reopening on Monday, May 4:
Restaurants will be allowed to open up dining rooms and outdoor seating again.
Tables outdoors must be separated by at least 6 feet and groups with more than 10 people should not be seated. In addition, restaurants will be required to keep bar counters closed to seating.
Indoor seating will be allowed at 25% capacity and social distancing measures must be in place.
Retailers will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity indoors. They will also have to follow safety guidelines from the CDC and OSHA.
Gov. DeSantis says Phase One will not change anything with bars, gyms or personal services like hair salons.
Bars, pubs and nightclubs that earn 50% or more of their income from alcohol sales will still not be allowed to sell alcohol to be consumed in-house.
Gyms and fitness centers will stay closed during Phase /One.
Movie theaters will also stay closed for the time being. The governor says theaters were technically allowed in Phase One but he decided to be more cautious.
Museums and libraries can open but only at 25% capacity and only if local governments allow it. Any kind of interactive functions or exhibits, including play areas for children, will remain closed.