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Florida Enters Phase Two!

Social DistancingOn Friday, June 6th, Florida entered Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Plan for Florida’s Recovery.” Out of 67 counties, 64 were permitted to begin Phase Two. This is excellent news for our economy! For the past few weeks, essential and nonessential businesses have resumed operations. We have seen a rise in the market and a dip in the unemployment rate. Gyms, salons, and even theme parks are allowing guests to enter their doors. This will continue lowering the need for public assistance and will help fluctuate money throughout our community.

Below are the changes allowed by Phase Two:

  • Bar-top seating in restaurants is allowed (with appropriate social distancing).
  • Bars and pubs can now operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and full capacity outside as long as all patrons are seated.
  • Retail stores and gyms can now operate at full capacity.
  • Movie theaters, concert venues, bowling alleys, and even arcades can now operate at 50 percent.
  • Tattoo shops, tanning salons, and massage/acupuncture parlors can open with guidance from the Florida Department of Health.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation will also be accepting requests to reopen from pari-mutuel betting facilities; however, their submission must be endorsed by a county mayor or county administrator. The reopening of our state is good news. The sooner we reopen the country, the faster our economy will recover. Having our theme parks, local businesses, and hotels running again will help bring some much-needed money back into our state. As long as we implement proper social distancing requirements, cleanliness rules, and limited capacity, we can keep everyone safe. Stay safe, seniors, and chin up things are going to get better.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or crowded areas, for the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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