Florida Enters Phase Three of Reopening Plan, Gov. Ron DeSantis Says

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Update October 9th, 3 p.m .: The city commissioners of the city of Miami announced on Thursday, October 8th, that restaurants can be 100% occupied as long as the tables are one meter apart and the table capacity is limited to 10 people. Also, the curfew for the city of Miami is now midnight.

Update September 25, 5:30 p.m. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez made the following statement on the emergency order from Governor Ron DeSantis:

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244 that will move all of Florida into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery plan.
Here’s what we know so far about what this means for Miami-Dade County:

The state is in Phase 3 and all state restrictions related to COVID-19 are being lifted. However, this does not preclude the county from having its own rules that have been approved by the state.

All businesses can reopen, but the county can still impose policies and protocols.

All restaurants, regardless of the size of their interiors, can be used to 50%.

Civil quotes issued for violating the mandatory mask ordinance will be suspended.
My employees and I are consulting with the public prosecutor’s office regarding the implementation of the mask mandate in companies. We want to ensure compliance with the state order while continuing to act in the best interests of our community.

Please note that the district’s curfew continues from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

We will continue to keep residents and businesses up to date with any further changes.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that Florida has entered the third phase of its “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan”. This means that bars can be reopened and restaurants can be used to full capacity again. DeSantis announced the news at the Birchwood Hotel in St. Petersburg, stating that “Every company has the right to operate”.

As per the third phase protocols, Florida’s restaurants, nightclubs, bars, parks, and gyms are all. Cinemas, stores, and almost everything else can now be fully reopened, including:

  • Restaurants and hospitality establishments can be busy with limited social distancing protocols. Organizations should maintain appropriate hygiene practices with employees and customers throughout their operating life. If the menus are laminated, they should be cleaned after each use. Paper menus should be for single use only.
  • Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that make more than 50 percent of their sales from alcohol should be busy with limited social distancing protocols. Organizations should maintain appropriate hygiene practices with employees and customers throughout their operating life. If the menus are laminated, they should be cleaned after each use. Paper menus should be for single use only.
  • Gyms and fitness centers should be used to full capacity with proper hygiene practices.
  • State parks and public beaches should remain fully open.
  • Large venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, casinos, bowling alleys, arcades, game houses, and auditoriums should be fully reopened with limited social distancing procedures.
  • Capacity reduction should be considered for large sporting events and theme parks.
  • Retail businesses can operate at full capacity.
  • Vacation rentals can resume normal operations, but should continue cleaning and disinfecting the property between rentals.

In the past, South Florida counties of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade have put down the governor’s reopening plans and implemented them more slowly.

However, an industry warning issued by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association states that the related regulation, which DeSantis is releasing today, will prevent municipalities from restricting businesses from reopening and allowing them to “operate at least 50 percent of capacity regardless of local capacity ” Rule.”

This seems to allow Miami bars and clubs to reopen immediately, even if local governments object. It remains unclear how the announcement will affect Miami-Dade. According to media reports, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos A. Giménez, was surprised by the governor’s announcement.

The New Times has contacted Giménez’s office and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Laine Doss is the food and liquor editor for the Miami New Times. It was featured on Eat Street by Cooking Channel and in the Great Food Truck Race by Food Network. She won an Alternative Weekly Award for her contribution on what it’s like to wait for tables.

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