With most of the world still reeling from COVID-19, Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has decided it is time to reopen his state for business. While most states are still operating under COVID restrictions, DeSantis announced on Friday that Florida would be moving into Phase 3 of reopening the state, but what exactly does that mean?
Under Phase 3, Florida businesses would be allowed to reopen and operate at a minimum of 50%. This would allow businesses to open their doors to full capacity. DeSantis also placed in his executive order that the government is not allowed to place fines on patrons who decide not to wear a mask while in crowded areas.
When talking about his decision, DeSantis said, “I don’t think the closure of restaurants has proven to be effective. I get at how you could potentially have spread there, but I also have to look at that. They’ve been able to use outdoors, but we can’t have these businesses dying, so they’re not going to be able to be closed by locals anymore and they will to be able to operate at the capacity that they’re comfortable with. So that’s going to happen.”
According to reports, DeSantis’ decision doesn’t come out of the blue. DeSantis met will several leading experts on the matter and listened to what they had to say. They discussed how the state could reopen without COVID spreading. But talking can only do so much, so DeSantis opted for a controlled test run.
The results according to DeSantis, “We had an ‘A-B test.’ Miami-Dade closed them at the height when everyone was panicking at the beginning of July, Broward didn’t. Broward kept indoor dining. I challenge you to show me the difference in those epidemic curves. In fact, I think Broward went down. They’re both dense counties, they both had significant epidemics, so I don’t think the closure of restaurants has proven to be effective.”
DeSantis went on to explain his reasoning behind the move to open was also due to feedback for Floridians. He has always defended their “right to work” and says counties imposing outlandish rules and regulation on locals is hurting the state more than it is helping. As DeSantis moves into Phase 3, he is hopeful that the weeks to come will show that practical thinking is and continues to be the right decision.
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on September 26, 2020. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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