Happy Monday! Per Gov. Ron DeSantis’ declaration of Florida now in a “full Phase I” of reopening, relaxing a few more of the COVID-19 inspired regulations put in place to help curb or stop the spread of the virus, here’s a reminder of where we are this week.
The biggest change for this week is that Florida gyms and fitness centers are permitted to re-open at 50 percent occupancy. Clubs are expected to sanitize equipment after each use, and those working out must do so with social distancing in place.
Restaurants, food establishments and retail locations that have been open at 25 percent capacity the last two weeks may now allow 50 percent of capacity in indoor space. Outdoor seating is permissible with a minimum of six feet between tables and groups. (Many locations will not seat parties of larger than six together.)
Museums and libraries statewide may open at 50 percent of their building occupancy.
As a reminder that this is not Phase II of the three-phase “get back to normal” plan, bars and nightclubs remain closed and visits to senior living facilities are still prohibited.
As a reminder, even though more businesses are opening and the road to “new normal” is clearer, this is no time to let your guard down. Continue to practice social distancing, and wear your face coverings when out in public among other people, especially during face-to-face interactions.
We all have the responsibility to protect and support each other in order to get past this pandemic and be able to gather together again. Let’s remain Positive, Osceola!