‘Full Phase 1’ reopening begins: What’s opening, what’s staying closed

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state is transitioning into a “full Phase 1” reopening beginning Monday.

What does this mean for certain businesses? We break down what’s open, what’s reopening and what will remain closed. Read more below:



Restaurants have already been allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. However, under full Phase 1, restaurants and retailers can open at 50% capacity and must adhere to safety protocols.

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Gyms and fitness centers

Under full phase 1, gyms and fitness centers can reopen. Many gyms in Central Florida sent out letters during the week announcing the possible reopening date of May 18.

After being closed for nearly two months, Kaci Line, who owns Mighty Girls Fitness in Baldwin Park, said she’s ready to get back to business.

“We’ve been hurting,” Line said. “We’re a brand new business. We opened this year, and fitness business takes a lot of time to come out of the hole. We weren’t out of our hole yet and then we just got put back in.”

Line said she’s continued outdoor classes with social distancing and nine or fewer people to keep the business afloat.

But Line said Monday will serve as almost a second grand opening. This time, with new social distancing policies in place.

She said every person will be assigned their own spot marked on the floor, and all equipment will be used by them and then cleaned. She said there will be no sharing of equipment.

“We are also requiring everyone to wear their street shoes take them off at the door and put on a new pair of in-studio shoes only,” Line said.

Museums and libraries

Museums and libraries will be able to open at 50% capacity at the discretion of local governments.

Hair and nail salons

Hair and nail salons have reopened were later allowed to reopen under Phase 1.

Phase 1 initially allowed restaurants and retail stores to reopen with certain limitations and also allowed hospitals to start elective surgeries again.

The governor later allowed hair and nail salons to reopen their doors.

RELATED: Florida barbers, salon stylists reopen for first time in nearly two months

Elective surgeries

Elective surgeries have resumed at hospitals across Central Florida.


Bars must remain closed until at least Phase 2.

Theme parks

Theme parks are still closed, but they are pushing to reopen during Phase 2. DeSantis said theme parks will be able to reopen if they submit a plan that is approved by their county.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.