After a spike in cases which saw it become the new epicenter for COVID-19 outbreaks in June and July, the state of Florida has seen a decline in new cases in recent weeks, allowing it to resume its stages of reopening. However, after the state officially entered Phase 3, Governor Ron DeSantis made it very clear that he would not consider shutting things down in the state again.
According to local station KABC-7, the Governor lifted all restrictions on restaurants and businesses in the state on Friday in an effort to reopen the state’s economy. The announcement allows restaurants across the state to reopen at full capacity—but also prevents local municipalities from ordering businesses to close down or operate at half-capacity. Local governments can limit bars to 50% capacity, but he said he wouldn’t interfere with any attempts to reopen them fully.
“We’re not closing anything going forward,” he said.