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Gov. DeSantis announces bars will reopen

Haneifah Ahmad, Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla.- On June 3, Gov. Ron DeSantis made an announcement that Florida can start Phase 2 of recovery on Friday.

Phase 2 will allow bars and pubs to reopen at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside. Theaters will also be allowed to reopen. Counties with higher cases such as Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach will be excluded. 

Gov. DeSantis presented slides on Wednesday of what Phase 2 includes:

  • Restaurants: Can allow bar-top seating with social distancing
  • Bars/pubs: Can operate at 50% capacity inside, full capacity outside with social distancing
  • Retail: Full capacity with social distancing and sanitization protocols
  • Gyms: Full capacity with social distancing and frequent sanitization
  • Entertainment businesses (movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, bowling alleys): 50% capacity with social distancing and sanitization
  • Betting businesses: Submit a request to the state including an endorsement from the mayor
  • Personal services (tattoo parlors, acupuncture, tanning salons, massage salons): May operate while adhering to DOH guidance
  • Age 65+ or with underlying conditions: Avoid crowds
  • Long-term care facility workers: Get tested routinely
  • Everyone: Avoid congregating in groups of 50+

A full executive order on Phase 2 has been issued.


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