Phase 3 of Florida’s reopening: What that means for restaurants, theme parks & more

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida is moving into phase 3 of its reopening plan effective immediately.

Here’s what that means for bars, restaurants, social gatherings and more according to reopening plans published by the state:

READ: Gov. Ron DeSantis announces phase 3 of reopening plan, lifts capacity restrictions on restaurants

At-risk individuals: People older than 65 or with serious underlying medical conditions can resume public interactions, but should practice social distancing. State guidelines say these people should minimize exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

Non-vulnerable populations: State guidelines say these people should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

Bars, pubs and nightclubs: State guidelines for phase 3 say that bars, pubs and nightclubs can operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. The guidelines do not detail what “limited social distancing protocols” means.

READ: Florida reports another 120 deaths linked to coronavirus as death toll surpasses 14K

Restaurants: Restaurants and food service establishments can operate at full capacity also with limited social distancing protocols.

Gyms: Gyms and fitness centers can open at full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.

Large venues: Venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses and casinos are able to reopen fully with limited social distancing protocols.

Sporting events: Large spectator sporting events can consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.

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Theme parks: Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.

Retail: Guidelines state that business owners should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.

Vacation rentals: Guidelines state that these properties should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between rentals.

Local government meetings: These meetings can return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.

Read Desantis' full executive order below:

Watch DeSantis' announcement in full below:

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Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Friday, September 25, 2020

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.