On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced the lifting of restrictions on restaurants and other businesses that were originally put in place to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
These decisions are part of a push to increase Florida’s economy, according to Fox News.
DeSantis said that even though the pandemic was far from over, “[W]e’re not closing anything going forward.” The governor also said that Florida is prepared to deal with a possible infection increase should that happen.
According to Axios:
- The state now enters Phase 3 of its reopening, lifting the vast majority of any remaining restrictions on gyms, bars and retail spaces. These spaces had already been operating at or near full capacity under previous phases of Florida’s reopening.
- Cities and counties would be forced to justify any localized restrictions that bring capacity below 100%.
Fox News adds that DeSantis also said he would stop localities from fining people for not wearing masks, and that localities cannot force restaurants to close without a proper justification for economic or health reasons.
This is a courageous decision by the governor. People want to move back to normal life.