An announcement on the plan to slowly re-open Florida’s business community and economy should come tomorrow.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said that Tuesday at a press conference with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
Florida’s 30-day “Safer-At-Home” declaration is set to expire at the end of the week, unless it’s extended or a new one is issued.
The federal government laid out a loose idea of a three-phase approach, and using that as a guide, since Florida’s executive order wasn’t as strict as some other states, Phase 1 would not be a huge step. That would involve re-opening restaurants and movie theaters, sports venues and gum, worship houses and some workplaces. But it would require sanitation protocols, physical distancing and crowds of fewer than 10 people. Elective surgeries could continue.
Phase two would see the opening of schools and some loosening of restrictions. Phase three would involve limited getting most establishments operating at full swing again while keeping in line with limiting protocols.
“Our ability to test exceeds the current demand. Everyone has said Florida was going to end up like New York or Italy, and that has not happened.”
Speaking of testing, DeSantis said protecting at-risk groups like the chronically sick or elderly will remain a priority. That’s why he doesn’t plan on slowing down testing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities any time soon.
“We’re on the offensive with the nursing homes, nothing’s going to change on until this virus goes away,” DeSantis said. “This is the population that is most at risk in Florida. Close to 85 percent of the fatalities have been aged 65 or older.”