With the number of positive COVID-19 cases in South Florida on the decline, the region could start moving to phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan within a short time.That’s the word from the governor, who dropped the hints during a roundtable discussion on Wednesday.He is speaking with officials from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties about removing some of the restrictions that have remained in place here since the other 64 counties in the state moved to phase 2 earlier in the summer.However, DeSantis also cautioned, “I’m not saying I’m going to do it today or we’re gonna do it tomorrow. … [But] these are sustained trends at this point and I think that that’s a good thing.”Phase 2 allows restaurants to continue opening with 50 percent of their indoor capacity, while allowing for full seating outdoors, with social distancing in place. At that point, restaurants would also be able to use their bar-top seating.WATCH LIVE: #COVID19 mental health roundtable at @AdventHealth. https://t.co/vKjGMqs6Rs— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 19, 2020 Since the governor ordered bars statewide to close again when a spike in cases occurred in July, it is still unknown when those businesses may reopen.Phase 2 also permits museums and libraries to operate normally, with the permission of their local government officials.Sports facilities would also allowed to reopen, and retail stores could go to 100 percent capacity, as long as they maintain social distancing measures.Gov. DeSantis did not elaborate any further on the region’s potentially imminent move to Phase 2.
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