Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday morning announcing the official entry into stage 3 of reopening and that the state can now operate as normal, including bars and restaurants operating at full capactiy.
The order is effective immedicately and also bars local governments from closing businessses or issuing fines of pandemic-related mandates or incidents.
DeSantis said, “We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3…We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work. (Local governments) can do reasonable regulations but they can’t just say no.”
There were four provisions from the order and they are
- the removal of all state-level restrictions on business, which includes bars and restaurants. In the original reopening plan, phase 3 would limit capacity to 75%
- provides a general right to work stating that local governments cannot close business due to any covid-19 related concerns
- local governments are not allowed to prevent restaurants from operating beyond a 50% capacity. Cities and counties can’t initiate restrictions without without a justification for health and economic reasons
- cities and counties are unable to collect on outstanding fines from their pandemic response, but doesn’t compel a refund from local governments to anyone who has already paid a fine
This is great news for Floridians as they can now resume their normal day to day living without fear of government punishment. All across the country, there are new cases daily, but the death toll is slowing, prompting the end of the covid-19 panic. Hopefully, more states will follow suit.