On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSanits will address the state and outline a plan for easing restrictions and re-opening businesses.
“Phase One is a baby step,” DeSantis said during a news conference at Tampa General Hospital. “We are deliberately going to be very methodical, slow and data-driven on this because I think people want to have confidence things are going in a good direction.” He said a slow approach would also give the state an opportunity to step in to handle any spikes in the disease that might occur.
Social distancing, face coverings and limiting the number of customers from normal capacity will likely be included. The guidelines may well follow those suggested in the “Opening Up America Again,” a document from The White House and the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It recommends states shouldn’t start to reopen until they have a downward trajectory of documented cases in a 14-day period or a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests in a 14-day period.
Phase 1 emphasizes individuals to continue practicing good hygiene such as, hand washing and keeping your hands off your face. It also urges those vulnerable and sick to stay home and minimizing non-essential travel as well as avoiding socializing in groups of 10 or more.
Employers are encouraged to telecommute, returning to work in phases and closing common areas. Elective surgeries can resume, gyms can open but bars and large venues should remain closed. Visits to hospitals and senior living facilities should be prohibited.
Americans overwhelmingly support state-imposed restrictions on business and the size of public gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus, according to a poll from The Washington Post and University of Maryland.
While there is plenty of talk about opening businesses and getting our economy back on track, the poll finds many Americans’ still have concerns about becoming seriously ill. The findings suggest that even as states begin to reopen on a gradual basis, many citizens could be cautious about resuming activity.
Some are concerned reopening too soon could prompt a second wave of infections. “Each person must weigh the risk of health and the economy in moving forward,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent home insurance agency.