Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed off on plans for Miami-Dade and Broward counties to reopen restaurants and other businesses deemed non-essential, the governor announced Thursday at a press conference in Doral.
“Miami-Dade and Broward have both submitted plans that I’ve approved,” DeSantis said. “Today we take another important step for a very important part of the state of Florida.”
DeSantis indicated that he would authorize a 50% cap on capacity at Miami-Dade County restaurants, double the state’s current 25% cap. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez asked the governor to allow the 50% threshold as he plans to lift COVID-19 closure orders on most businesses Monday and allow restaurants to once again welcome customers into dining rooms that he ordered to empty on March 17.
For shops, customers and workers must be turned away if capacity inside hits 50 percent. For hair salons and barber shops, customers must wait outside until a chair opens up inside.
Businesses must eliminate the use of water fountains, and clean bathrooms and elevators every two to three hours. Visitors and employees in office buildings are required to wear masks “while in the building,” the rules said.