ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last Friday that Florida, effective immediately, is moving to the third and final phase of its reopening plan.
DeSantis made the announcement in St. Petersburg, a day after he spoke at a roundtable about which coronavirus restrictions have and haven’t been effective during the past six months. During that discussion, he said focusing on elderly and at-risk groups was more effective than blanket business closures.
DeSantis honed in on restaurants, hinting then that he’d lift capacity limits soon and on Friday, he made that move official. He’s also enacting a measure that will prohibit local governments from capping capacity at anything less than 50%. Statewide, there will be no capacity restrictions.
“We are today moving into what we initially called phase three and what that will mean for the restaurants is that there will not be limitations, from the state of Florida and…