Gov. Ron DeSantis is preparing to make some changes to the state’s phase 2 reopening guidelines, even if it means going up against local officials, according to The Palm Beach Post.
DeSantis said Thursday that he plans to soon remove restrictions that have left restaurants and similar establishments suffering, due to the ability to offer limited or no service at all as the state has entered phase 2 of reopening.
He went on to explain that there is little evidence showing conclusively that placing limits on restaurants has been helpful in reducing the spread of COVID-19. We can’t have these businesses dying,” he said at a roundtable discussion with health experts.
In Palm Beach County, restaurants are still required close at midnight. In addition, they are only permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity.
“They’re not going to be able to be closed by locals and they will be able to operate at the capacity they’re comfortable with,” the governor added, in a challenge of sorts to local officials statewide.
Dr. Michael Levitt discusses how the COVID-19 virus has remained incredibly consistent in terms of impact. pic.twitter.com/ZZHTNQj6V8
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 24, 2020