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Governor to launch first phase of state's reopening on 5/4

Post Date:04/29/2020 7:00 PM

The City of Venice supports Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan for most of Florida to enter the first phase of a three-phase reopening on Monday, May 4, as the state continues to work to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Here is what will change in Florida on May 4:

  • Restaurants can have outdoor seating with 6 feet between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
  • Retail stores can operate at 25% of indoor capacity
  • Elective surgeries can resume

Here is what will remain the same:

  • Vulnerable individuals, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, should avoid close contact with people outside the home
  • People should continue to avoid groups of 10 or more, practice social distancing, and use face masks in public when they can’t maintain 6 feet from others
  • Bars and gyms will remain closed, along with personal services such as hair and nail salons
  • Schools will continue distance learning
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Movie theaters will remain closed

Read the new Executive Order 20-112 and a FAQ sheet on the phase 1 plan. Phases two and three will begin following assessment of the first phase.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will not open on May 4, due to a higher incidence of COVID-19 infections in these areas.