Florida governor takes first 'baby step' to reopening state
April 29, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to reopen Monday at 25% capacity, if the local government allows it, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday, as the state begins the slow climb from the economic abyss caused by the coronavirus.
The governor specifically excluded hard-hit, heavily populated Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, saying their businesses will begin phase one when it is safer.
His order will also allow hospitals and surgical centers statewide to restart nonessential, elective procedures — but only if they have sufficient...