Gyms, restaurants allowed to reopen to 50% starting Monday

Published: May. 15, 2020 at 4:40 PM CDT
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Governor Ron DeSantis is bringing all of Florida into Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.

The next steps will start next week.

Starting Monday, restaurants and food establishments can seat up to 50 percent capacity inside their buildings, excluding employees. The restaurants must seat parties at least six feet apart. Bar counters are still closed to seating and outdoor seating is available with social distancing.

In-store retail sales can operate up to 50 percent of their building occupancy and should abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.

Museums and libraries can operate up to 50 percent of their building occupancy, if permitted by local government.

Gyms and fitness centers may operate up to 50 percent of their building occupancy as long as they keep social distancing guidelines for classes and sufficient cleaning supplies, at least to make sure patrons can clean the machines after each use.

Professional sports can operate and venues may host training, competitions, events, and games. This order will preempt any local rule prohibiting a professional sports team from holding these activities.

Amusement parks can submit a reopening plan to the state including a proposed date for resuming operations and proposed guidelines to ensure guest and staff safety. Requests to reopen must include an endorsement letter from the county mayor or county administrator.

Counties can send a written request to open vacation rentals. The request must be from the County Administrator and must include the county's safety plan for vacation rental operations.


will take effect Monday, May 18th, at 12:01 a.m.

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