Today, the Florida Department of Health reported 497 new positive COVID-19 cases (483 Florida residents and 14 non-Florida residents) and fifty deaths related to COVID-19. This brings the state total to 33,690 cases with 1,268 deaths related to COVID-19.
The fifty people that died who tested positive for COVID-19 were reported in Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Hernando, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Okaloosa, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties.
On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 and announced a gradual re-opening of Florida businesses beginning Monday, May 4, in all Florida counties except for Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward, which will be phased in at a later date (see video below).
Part of the reopening includes permitting restaurants to open indoor seating at 25% capacity with six-foot distancing between tables and parties no larger than 10. It also allows for outdoor seating with appropriate social distancing.
“I want to thank Governor DeSantis for his measured and thoughtful approach to safely re-opening Florida businesses,” said Carol Dover, President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Our hospitality industry is eager to welcome guests, within social distancing guidelines, and get back to what we are so good at – creating memorable experiences for those we serve. We have full confidence that Governor DeSantis and this Administration will lead the tourism state we are so proud of back to economic vitality.”