Bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today.
However, the Alachua County Emergency Order is still in effect until an official executive order is released and the County considers any changes to current operating procedures and capacity limits.
Gov. DeSantis said he is also has suspending any outstanding fines and penalties for people who have been cited for not complying with local government pandemic mandates such as refusing to wear a face mask.
“Bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols,” the Phase 3 Reopening Plan states.
“Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.”
Here are the Phase 3 reopening changes:
State Parks: should be fully opened, including overnight accommodations,
Beaches: should remain fully opened.
Large Venues: (i.e. movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, casinos) These venues should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols.
Vacation Rentals should resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals.
Large Sporting Events and Theme Parks
Large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.
Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.
Personal Services Businesses
Personal Services Businesses, such as cosmetology salons, barber shops and nail salons,
should operate under full capacity but should consider the following mitigation measures:
Continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.
Regularly clean and disinfect working stations and equipment between interactions with customers to the greatest frequency feasible.
Remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.
Operators of retail businesses should operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.
Alachua County Communications and Legislative Affairs Director Mark Sexton said that the County’s emergency order is still effect until further notice.
“As soon as we see a new executive order, we’ll see if we need to do a new emergency order based on what we can and cant’ do,” he said.
UPDATE: The Gov. issued the order at 4:06 p.m. on Sept. 25th. Click here to read the full order.