Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces Phase 2 reopening of bars, movie theaters and bowling alleys to start Friday

click to enlarge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces Phase 2 reopening of bars, movie theaters and bowling alleys to start Friday
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Phase 2 of Florida's economic reopening will begin on Friday, while speaking at a press conference Wednesday, June 3, at Universal City Walk in Orlando.

"We are really fortunate in the state of Florida across the 64 counties," DeSantis said. "I think it'll give people in Florida more opportunities."

Bars and pubs may on Friday operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and at full capacity outdoors, and entertainment businesses such as movie theaters and bowling alleys can open at 50 percent capacity beginning on Friday as well. Personal service businesses such as tattoo parlors may reopen as well, and people can begin gathering in groups of 50 or less, starting Friday.

DeSantis discussed widespread coronavirus testing, the nursing home response, antibody testing, theme parks, hospitalizations and the Florida university system hosting a June 23 presentation with plans for reopening.

He said there has been a 50 percent reduction in intensive care unit hospitalizations from April 12 to June 2, and over one million Florida residents have been tested for COVID-19.

Florida now has more than 58,700 total positive cases of coronavirus and over 2,500 deaths across the state, according to the Florida Department of Health dashboard.

DeSantis also announced on Tuesday that he had issued an executive order to extend the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until July 1 that was set to expired that same day.

Gyms were allowed to reopen at limited capacity on Monday, May 18, and barbershops and malls that reopened earlier may now operate at 50 percent capacity.  

DeSantis tweeted his thanks on Tuesday to law enforcement throughout the state and reported that in the past 24 hours there have been no significant law enforcement or civilian injuries due to protests, and no widespread property damage.

"Florida won't tolerate rioting looting or violence," DeSantis said at the press conference. DeSantis also announced 500 National Guard troops have been mobilized to assist D.C. law enforcement during protests.

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