Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday Florida will enter Phase 3 of its reopening plan.
The order, which supersedes local orders, will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and other businesses. All penalties or fines for refusing to wear masks will also be suspended.
"Every business has a right to operate," DeSantis said. "You can't just say no after six months and have people twisting in the wind."
DeSantis cited data showing people up to 69 years old have at least a 99.5% chance of survival from COVD-19.
"We're prepared if we see an increase [in cases]," DeSantis said. "We're not closing anything going forward."
Other guidelines of Phase 3 include:
- People over 65 years old and those with underlying health problems should continue to practice social distancing but can resume public interaction.
- Businesses that have been teleworking can resume unrestricted staffing at work sites.
- Employees can resume non-essential travel.
- Gyms and fitness centers can operate at full capacity.
- Bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive 50 percent of sales from alcohol can operate at full capacity with social distancing protocols.
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