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Florida Will Enter Into Phase Two of Governor Ron DeSantis' Recovery Plan on Friday

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium on Monday.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that all Florida counties except for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach will move to phase two of his reopening plan on Friday.

Retail stores, restaurants, and gyms will be able to operate at full capacity under the phase two plan. Movie theaters and bowling alleys will reopen at fifty percent occupancy and casinos can apply with local and state governments to reopen. 

Governor Ron DeSantis said bars which have been closed since the start of the pandemic can reopen at full capacity outdoors and fifty percent capacity indoors.

“But you’re seated to get served. I mean people go enjoy have a drink that’s fine but we kind of don’t want to have huge crowds piling in.”

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DeSantis said tattoo studios, massage clinics, acupuncturists’ offices, and tanning salons will also reopen for the first time since March.

Even with these additional restrictions lifted, he said the state still recommends that people who are 65 years and older or who have pre-existing health conditions avoid large crowds.

“It’s really really important to continue to avoid crowds and to continue to limit the risk of exposure and I would say even people who aren’t in those groups be careful when you are interacting with folks.”

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He said people who work in long-term care facilities will continue to be tested for COVID-19 and gatherings should be limited to fifty people or less.

The governor's remarks came as Universal reopened to a limited number of pass holders on Wednesday. The park will reopen to the public on June 5.

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.