Florida Economic Reopening

Florida Economic Reopening May 4th

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:19 AM PT — Thursday, April 30, 2020

Florida is set to begin its ‘phase one’ plan to reopen its economy next week. On Wednesday. Gov. Ron Desantis (R) announced he will allow restaurants and shops to reopen starting Monday.

They will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity as long as servers are wearing masks and tables are kept six-feet apart. Schools will stay closed as well as movie theaters, beauty salons and barber shops.

Doctors will also be able to resume performing elective surgeries. However, areas most impacted by the coronavirus will still be ordered remain closed.

“Miami-Dade alone has one-third of all the COVID cases in the entire state of Florida, so I do think just as we were at liberty to implement stay-at-home orders, curfews and things of that nature on the front-end,

which I think has helped us tremendously to curb the increase of COVID cases and allow us to hit the peak early, I think it’s imperative that the governor allow us to make those kind of decisions as things hopefully continue to improve,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

Ron DeSantis@GovRonDeSantis

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Meanwhile, Gov. DeSantis stressed that he expects to start the next phases in reopening the economy in a matter of weeks — not months.

Federal Lock-Downs Expire April 30th

President Trump has said coronavirus related lockdowns will be allowed to expire on the federal level. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the president stated it will be up to governors to decide when and how to reopen their states.

According to Vice President Mike Pence, the federal government will work with governors to make sure the restrictions are lifted in a safe and responsible manner.

“I’ve had many calls from governors… We’re speaking to a lot of different people, and they’re explaining what they’re doing. I am very much in favor of what they’re doing. They’re getting it going and we’re opening our country again.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The vice president has said new federal guidelines will include a timeline to reopen states going into phases two and three.

President @realDonaldTrump‘s plan for Opening Up America Again outlined a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.

Today, we’re laying out the blueprint for testing and rapid response programs called for in the plan.https://t.co/8JKY0040jJ

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 27, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks about reopening the country, during a roundtable with industry executives, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump speaks about reopening the country, during a round table with industry executives, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump reiterated his target date to reopen the country is “as soon as possible.” While he did not give an official date, he noted that many states are preparing to open and slowly return to normal.

“(We) have to have safety, but at the same time, people want this country open,” said the president. “We’ve got to start moving along.”

He noted the government is working to make antiviral medication available to patients quickly.

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1 million active cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. As of Wednesday, more than 60,000 people have died, while more than 120,000 have recovered.

This comes as many states begin to slowly reopen businesses and testing ramps up. So far, more than 5.7 million tests have been administered.

The United States has conducted more than 5.4 MILLION Coronavirus tests—nearly twice as many as any other country. pic.twitter.com/QruwdWbBAj

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 27, 2020

President Trump also announced he will resume work-related travel once coronavirus related restrictions phase out. While speaking at Wednesday’s ‘Reopen America’ roundtable, the president said he’s looking forward to his trip to Arizona and Ohio next week.

“We are going to Arizona next week, we look forward to that, and I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon,” he explained. “We are going to start to move around and, hopefully in the not too distant future, we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other.”

He is set to meet with local officials, where he will discuss the latest policies to combat coronavirus and restore the American economy.

President Trump’s travel has been limited for the past few weeks following his latest campaign rally on March 2nd. According to the president, his resumed travel may lead a broader recovery in the airline industry.

The president also reiterated his support for America’s oil industry, saying the federal oil storage could absorb another several hundred millions of barrels.

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