Many may be wondering why Florida is one of the states to be part of the phase one stage of reopening among other states. According to a Johns Hopkins study, Florida only has about 176 cases per 100,000 people, which is much lower than states like New York, Louisiana, and California. Florida also met all the requirements needed to move forward. While businesses like restaurants, gyms, and large venues are reopening with limited capacity, people must still practice caution and continue to wear masks, wash their hands, and clean all high-touch surfaces. For those who feel any symptoms, testing sites have increased across the state providing more opportunities to those who may have been exposed to the virus.
With phase one in progress, that means phase two is around the corner, so what does that look like? When data after two or three weeks starts to show that cases are significantly declining, phase two will be the major topic of conversation. The jump to phase two would mean restaurants, salons, bars, and gyms would operate at an increased capacity, non-essential travel could resume, schools would reopen and large venues (such as places of worship) could operate under moderate physical distancing protocols. Vulnerable populations would still need to shelter in place and vulnerable personnel that return to work would need special accommodations.
While things are opening up and getting back to normal, it is important to stay cautious and understand that the virus can have a resurgence. We should never let our guard down, so we need to continue washing our hands often, using masks and gloves when in high traffic areas and practice physical distancing as much as possible. There is no need to panic or worry, but it’s always good to be extra cautious.
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