Florida Reopening Begins Monday. Here’s What Opens, What Stays Closed.

April 29, 2020

Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the first phase of his plan to reopen Florida.

“We will get Florida back on its feet by using an approach that is safe, smart, and step by step,” the governor said.

Beginning Monday, May 4:

  • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six foot spacing between tables, and indoor seating at 25% capacity
  • Elective surgeries can resume
  • No change for bars, gyms, movie theaters and personal services such as hairdressers (all remain closed)
  • Schools remain with distance learning
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside their home.
  • All individuals should maximize physical distance from others in public
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
  • Face masks are recommended for in close interactions without social distancing.

He said the next step will be data driven based upon key metrics and does not need to take months. The state will maintain health benchmarks, assure hospital bed capacity is maintained and the COVID-10 positive rate will be monitored.

Part of the Phase One strategy includes the expansion of testing. DeSantis announced a drive-thru testing site with no pre-screening requirements will be opening Friday at the University of West Florida.

DeSantis said Florida will take “small, deliberate, methodical” approach to reopening the state. His current reopening plan excludes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties for now where the virus has been much worse than the remainder of the state.

“What is our biggest obstacle? Fear sparked by constant gloom and doom and hysteria that has permeated our culture for the last six weeks,” DeSantis said. “There’s been a lot that’s been done to promote fear, to drive worse-case scenario,”

Before announcing his plan, DeSantis noted all of life’s moments that citizens have missed over the last six weeks, including in his personal life.

“Our newborn daughter Mamie has yet to be held by any of her grandparents,” he said.

Comments

129 Responses to “Florida Reopening Begins Monday. Here’s What Opens, What Stays Closed.”

  1. CURIOUS SOUL on July 7th, 2020 12:41 pm

    It’s Amazing yet Ironic that customers can go inside stores and play lottery EVERYDAY from the LOTTERY MACHINE PROVIDER plus they are able to show up to DRAW NUMBERS but if you win YOU cant collect from OFFICE WELL shut Down the LOTTERY MACHINE PERIOD ACROSS the NATION why don’t YOU SAD

  2. Wilford trull on June 18th, 2020 10:59 pm

    It’s stupid to not open the lottery I sent my ticket in six weeks ago and still haven’t got my money I believe that there using this virus just to not pay me if I owed themthey would want there money I live in Ga it don’t take.but a couple days to send me my money they said four to six weeks now saying eight weeks this is wrong now there not answering there phone it’s crap

  3. Mikey Falchi on June 7th, 2020 3:13 pm

    Just want DMV to open again, Everyone needs to solve their problems at the dmv and it’s the least of the problem

  4. Margie on June 4th, 2020 10:36 pm

    I find it absolutely appalling that the state has not worked out the problems with Unemployment. I watch daily on the news, cars lined up for miles waiting in lines for free food distributions. I think it should be one of the top priorities of this state to straighten out and get the unemployment money to the individuals that have literally been waiting months for their rightfully deserved unemployment money to be disbursed. Make this a priority and then there won’t be so many families in dire straights, that they have to rely of food giveaway lines to feed their families.

  5. Margie on June 4th, 2020 10:22 pm

    I don’t understand why the state lottery offices have not reopened. The state is withholding thousands, millions of dollars, from Florida residents. The offices already have glass partitions that separates the employees from the public. Other guidelines and safety precautions could easily be enforced, as have been in restaurants, salons, stores, etc that have already opened and these businesses have the public and the employees in much closer contact then would be in a lottery office. At this point, believe it is totally wrong for the state to deny lottery winners the right to collect their winnings.

  6. Ginger on May 30th, 2020 9:05 am

    DMV is open. Drive through. Lottery not open. Getting that 600 extra a week for stimulus money. Remember they are government agency. ….meanwhile. school bus drivers in Pensacola fla. Don’t get unemployment. Called voluntary laid off.We need help here. Do open lottery offices.

  7. Angela on May 29th, 2020 8:38 pm

    DMV is essential !!! its been more than 2 month since i moved to Miami and i cannot update my information, GORenew website does not work for me and for many people i know !
    i have a bunch of outdated documents on my hands right now!

  8. William Nickens on May 29th, 2020 5:25 pm

    The governor could open the lottery offices they already have that thick window between the customer and the employees makes no sence why they want open the lottery offices they wanna send stimulus payment but some of us have more bills to pay that little bit is greatly appreciated bit please open the lottery offices so we can get what’s rightfully ours

  9. Dory Scharer on May 29th, 2020 3:46 pm

    I just don’t understand it! We go from no contact, or 6ft. Distance to opening the first retailer’s since the Covid19 began and what do we open? The businesses where there is no way but to be 12 inches from the customers! Hair Salons, Nail salons, and tatoo parlors!! Not only close, but have to have bodily contact in order to perform the service! One you are dealing with the dirtiest thing on a body, the nails, and another you’re dealing with blood!! How ridiculous is that!! From one spectrum to a whole new atmosphere!! Something just isn’t right!!!

  10. jim keith on May 25th, 2020 6:18 pm

    All these close contact businesses can be open but Lottery winners can’t get their winnings unless they trust the mail who we all know mis-delivers on occasion as well as mail get’s lost so all that money people dreamed of winning can’t be had and i looked at all these jackpots piling up they are going to have to shell out billions at some point unless they figure out a way to beat the winners out of it altogether. That’s just one office, so all these businesses are supposed to open and risk their employees and customers health or even life but not the government that’s telling them it’s OK – wow. It’s like they’re saying go jump off the cliff you’ll be alright, i’ll be right behind you – or not.

  11. Shell on May 19th, 2020 9:27 pm

    How can the whole United States be opening back up but government offices remain closed ?????
    Makes you wonder …
    VA CLAIMS CANT BE PROCESSED
    but I can go to a restaurant ?
    Can’t go to the Florida lottery office to CASH MY LOTTERY TICKET but can go to a casino ???
    Seems if the government can figure out how to let a NAIL SALIN OPEN COUOD FIGURE OUT HOW TO OPEN THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES ????
    Just saying !!!!!

  12. Kim OQuinn on May 19th, 2020 6:43 pm

    DMV needs to be open NOW. Licensing and identification are ESSENTIAL!

  13. Kelly J Donnelly on May 18th, 2020 10:08 am

    What about Financial Institutions, easy to stand 6 ft apart in lobby and the bank can control # of people in lobby. I can have plastic surgery but I can’t meet with my banker across a desk with a Banker?

  14. Angel President on May 16th, 2020 3:18 pm

    I wanted to know when will the DMV and Tag Agencies reopen?? My Birthday was just on the 7th of May and I need to renew my registration before the cops pull me over and not be understanding of the circumstances at hand..

  15. Donna on May 14th, 2020 5:55 pm

    Folks open your businesses. Its your free right to do so. That is the only way that our governor is going to respond. Enough of the control. Exercise your constitutional rights. Feed your family and pay your bills. Those who are afraid you also have the right to stay home in fear until Bill Gates comes up with his vaccine that will kill you.

  16. Jonathan on May 13th, 2020 7:13 pm

    I moved to deltona right before the pandemic from New York. Have not been able to switch over my license which is also illegal because its restricting me from my right to bare arms all because i cant get my ID because some how its ok for the dmv to be closed but Taco Bell isn’t…

  17. bernard jessen on May 12th, 2020 12:54 pm

    Moving to Florida in July and need to register car voting rights in state when is dmv going to open or do i gave more options

  18. John Smith on May 11th, 2020 11:13 am

    How about the DMV & Tax Collectors offices? How is that nail salons and barbers can open, but the DMV is not considered an essential business..

  19. derp on May 11th, 2020 9:28 am

    We need to be able to take drivers tests now. If wearing masks works so well then we need to just have them wear masks and do the drivers tests.

  20. Bobby Thompkins on May 8th, 2020 10:09 am

    When will we be able to take Florida DriversLicense road test

  21. Common sense on May 7th, 2020 12:42 pm

    When will DMV open???

  22. Andy Bilenas on May 7th, 2020 8:45 am

    When will DMV open???

  23. Rex S on May 7th, 2020 3:02 am

    When will the FLHSMV re-open?

    This is a very clearly established essential service.

  24. Katrina Foyer on May 6th, 2020 11:58 pm

    Restaurants can reopen, but the dmv cannot? This makes no sense. The dmv is an essential business. I was supposed to get my driver’s license over a month ago. I am starting an internship in less than 2 months that requires me to work 20 hours a week. There are no bus routes that go near it and taking an uber or lyft would be over $100 a week if i worked 3 days a week. Please reopen the dmv soon this is ridiculous.

  25. Joshuan on May 5th, 2020 8:31 pm

    is the florida dmv open?

  26. Heather on May 5th, 2020 8:02 pm

    When will the Florida lottery open up

  27. Jorge Nunez on May 4th, 2020 10:08 pm

    Most people are worried about why is this open and this isn’t, firstly I don’t think tennis is a priority. I do think that government buildings should have restriction but should be open. Frankly it’s not a proper decision to open restaurants unless you’re also planning to open the key essential buildings for services as well. I mean the world is still revolving and bills are stacking up regardless of the current situation. Don’t open spaces where people can still be infected, because if you go into the frontline communities you’ll notice the 6 feet distancing is not effectively in place. People will still be near each other and still leave room for infection.

  28. Antoine V on May 3rd, 2020 5:55 pm

    I do not understand the closing of beaches. Scientist have repetitively said that this virus does not like heat and UV light.
    If the issue was because what happened in March with students then just set the rules. No more that five persons in a group, 20 yards separation between groups.
    Wear masks in parking lots. Anyway the amount of available parking spaces at beaches is a natural limitación to the amount of people that can go on the beach.
    No alcohol drinks like on boats and no pets.

  29. Eric on May 3rd, 2020 5:04 pm

    when dmv ?????

  30. Alyahia Burdick on May 3rd, 2020 4:07 pm

    Is the dmv going to be open on May 4th? I scheduled my appointment for May 4th, I need to get my drivers license.

  31. Kathy Hayes on May 3rd, 2020 2:09 pm

    Will the malls like Cordova mall open up again?

  32. Maria Castillo on May 3rd, 2020 12:07 pm

    When the driver rompen? Will kikin be reopen?

  33. Suzana Mulahmetovic on May 3rd, 2020 10:48 am

    My driver license has been expired last month. When DMV will be re-open? I need to send money to my mom but they refusing to do so because my driver license being expired.
    Thank you!
    Suzana

  34. Ana on May 2nd, 2020 6:34 pm

    Well why people is so excited about restaurants open when there are thousands of unemployed people, cook at home.
    I think is to soon to open, like I say
    I been broke before
    I never been death
    My children need me and I’m staining home
    Now I understand we all want to go out and go back to a normal
    Life, but not yet; I understand the Government is worry about the economy of the
    Country, but lives are more important.
    I also understand that all the hair, nails, barbers shops are loosing money,
    Something can be done so only one or two people in the shop? And all wearing masks and gloves?.
    I just don’t want to people die without saying good bye to their family, or be cremated and when you get their ashes don’t know really if bellow to your love one.
    I just don’t want people to die on the streets because they cannot control the infection.
    Please think about all this before you run to the beach or the bar or going to do your hair and nails.
    God bless you all and be safe.

  35. Richard Hobstetter on May 2nd, 2020 3:18 pm

    We need to get the state opened quickly it’s not like you aren’t getting paid I’ve been cut to 24 hours or less and haven’t had a fair cut in 4 months I have to rely on part time jobs and working outside at a water park which is closed and a stimulus check for 1200.00 Bill’s keep coming and sorry for your luck doesn’t cut it

  36. Karen Donovan on May 2nd, 2020 1:00 pm

    My mother is in a assisted living in Brevard county Florida she’s had to stay in her room for the last 35 days. We speaker on the phone. That’s not enough. We always take her out and bring her to our home. She is so depressed. I am lonesome She complains. Why can’t we have her tested before she goes back in and take her out. These people are being shut ins,And depressed the last days of their life. When ?Are you going to let them go out?She is dwindling away with depression . Sincerely Karen Donovan, Brevard County Florida

  37. Debra Ludewig on May 2nd, 2020 12:11 pm

    You open restaurants and movie theaters but I can’t get my hair cut or play tennis. Doesn’t make much sense to me but then again between Trump and DeSantis no one seems to know what we should be doing. May we never have a group running our government which is so unbelievably out of touch. Remember Trump was not elected, he lost the popular vote by 3 million. He was elected by 270+ people; hardly a win by any one’s definition. Not to mention we have 300+ million people in our country and look what happened. Get RID OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE PLEASE GOD!

  38. Claire Vosburgh on May 2nd, 2020 11:16 am

    What about Airbnb’s? I live at one and run it for the owner. I had pneumonia in January and was in the hospital for 10 days and 3 times before that in the last 5 years. my fiance is disabled with spinal cord damage and other health issues and we are in our 60’s so we are both compromised. I am not ready for him to parade a bunch of people in and out of this house yet because if I get this I know I will get very sick and so will my fiance. The numbers in Pinellas County are still going up and this is during lockdown.

  39. Robert G on May 2nd, 2020 2:30 am

    What about the pool halls and stuff like that

  40. Nancy A Kennedy (05/01/2020) on May 2nd, 2020 1:47 am

    Is Florida still planning to quarantine/isolate people who come from the Northeastern part of the country (New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania). If so, under what cirumstances. What activities/restaurants/travel activities will be available by say Mayt 15th?

  41. LindaEB on May 2nd, 2020 12:30 am

    I think the Governor is doing it right and once people demonstrate that they can follow the guide lines then the next phase will come quickly. But I can see already that this may be a mistake as people just start acting like the Virus is gone. And now that the beaches are open here come the out of staters. Think I will just hang out at home and see how it goes. Hope that everyone that returned to work

  42. Mary on May 2nd, 2020 12:18 am

    People get a life. We need to open the state before we go broke. People to eat and pay bills. Don’t go outside if you are still afraid. God is in control of all. In His timing it will be over with. So. Keep the faith.

  43. Lee on May 1st, 2020 8:33 pm

    @Devin – Check with the post office. Used to be able to get them there.

  44. Devin on May 1st, 2020 6:52 pm

    I am looking to travel with friends in august if quarantine ends by then and I don’t have an Id, I can apply for the passport online once I get my Id but that’s the thing, I need a NEW not RENEWed Id. I need to be physically able to go to a DMV as nothing I’ve seen online will allow me to apply online.

    I understand the bureaucratic difficulty of this situation but I feel it a bit short sighted to close dmv’s and leave no apparent way to get a new Id.

  45. Jennifer on May 1st, 2020 6:27 pm

    Why are Tattoo & piercing studios open but not hair salons? What sense does that make?

  46. Andricka Mullins on May 1st, 2020 12:28 pm

    Are the lottery office one of the business opening back up on May 4, 2020?

  47. Dorrien on May 1st, 2020 10:12 am

    Will the DMV open too? I have been waiting to get my permit since April 5th and have already passed everything. The only thing im waiting on is for you to open up the DMV

  48. john on May 1st, 2020 6:30 am

    @Gregory, not glorified flu. Covid 19 has taken more lives then lasts years flu of 34,200 in the United States. And remember, it is taking more people and we are under a national lock down. People take this seriously!

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html

  49. Diane on April 30th, 2020 11:45 pm

    First of all I want to thank our Governor for a great job…this has not been easy for anyone! Reading some of these reviews makes me wonder about people and their attitudes. We are all in this together!!! Hopefully the outcome will be that we respect each other and appreciate one another! Be patient! We should not jump to phase 2 or 3 like Georgia
    I rather take it slow as I have been following the rules and staying home since March. I do not want to start this process over again! Once we start opening, please give people respect! Wear your mask, stay 6 ft away and cover your mouth! If you feel sick…stay home! This is not hard to follow! If you don’t follow it…your the blame of killing someone! Just remember you may feel fine but can carry the virus and spread to many. Those “many” spreads it to other “many” and on and on till it goes to someone that dies! So take this seriously especially young people … be responsible for your actions. Keep someones grandma and grandpa safe!

  50. Cheryl on April 30th, 2020 10:45 pm

    I don’t think we should be opening yet Dr fauci even said it you should wait till the cases are down for 2 weeks he is a top Doc nobody wants to listen to turn around to have to shut down again is ridiculous and I am high risk due to heart disease high blood pressure and other things and that makes me have to stay in longer but it does not matter what I think cause they won’t even listen to the top dogs who are saying not to do it and I bet you won’t see gov desantis or the governors from other states out in public places with the public they want us to do it first.

  51. TR SPORT on April 30th, 2020 10:22 pm

    Keeping barbershops and salons closed is ridiculous. If they can have dentists open then so should barbers. I priced a mobile barber and the cheapest I’ve found was $60 and that’s ridiculous. The powers that be seem to be groomed ok. Yep it’s the old “do as I say not as I do ” scenario. Barbershops usually do just better than breaking even. When they’re gone they’re gone. DeSanitis must not be seeking re-election.

  52. BRING IT ON on April 30th, 2020 9:57 pm

    For those of you that think nothing should open up must be on welfare, social security, a pension, or just filthy rich. I can’t wait for the day you to go down to your local supermarket, gas station, or any other small business and find they’re out of everything then you’ll be in the same boat as them and let’s see how you feel. Whether you know it or just don’t care they are the ones that built this country and are losing it all. Are you going to feed or take them in ? Until you actually jump out and lay everything you have on the line to build a successful business, you haven’t a clue.

  53. Sonna Harper on April 30th, 2020 9:33 pm

    What about dog groomers that only do one dog at a time and have very little contact with the owner

  54. Rose Glardon on April 30th, 2020 7:17 pm

    When will the Cordova Mall open !

  55. Bmr on April 30th, 2020 7:07 pm

    What about Church?

  56. Bonita on April 30th, 2020 5:43 pm

    What about fishing

  57. John Doe on April 30th, 2020 5:23 pm

    my wife, who is a dental hygienist, goes back to work tomorrow. i pray to science that she doesn’t bring home the covid!

  58. Gregory M Wood on April 30th, 2020 4:52 pm

    Glorified flu.
    80,000 people died in the USA of the flu last year we didn’t close the country.
    Suicide, robberies, burglaries, drug overdoses, all skyrocketing..
    We have to balance the scale.. some covid-19 deaths vs chaos elsewhere.

  59. James Rediker on April 30th, 2020 4:47 pm

    Will the DMV open up monday to all, so we can can get our tags and license switched over to Florida. Were from Virginia.

  60. Kim on April 30th, 2020 4:47 pm

    How will retail stores manage 25% capacity?!

  61. Concerned Rdh on April 30th, 2020 2:55 pm

    I really don’t think people understand what dental hygienist do. People come for a cleaning the appointment is for an hour and they are basically gonna have there mouth open breathing out. If people are not showing symptoms get a cleaning and the aerosols are in the air the following patient is going to be exposed including the hygienist and staff unless we wear our mask for 8’hours straight. Dental offices do not have filtration systems for the air like hospitals do. Hopefully we can get more information because nothing is being said about it especially in south Florida where dentist want to open next week.

  62. Patricia on April 30th, 2020 1:42 pm

    Will DMV offices open May 4th to the Public so can have Drivers Licenes Made

  63. brandi Karas on April 30th, 2020 1:20 pm

    Was wondering when the Escambia county tax collector will be available to continue with identification cards and driver license cards not from here but im in diet need to get a of i.d care so i can flu any information would b great and very helpful as i leave may 20 so hopefully can get this done by hen if not ill need to cancel my plans pls let me know anything pls and thank you for your time

  64. Peter Ewy on April 30th, 2020 12:41 pm

    The lack of how the virus works by the Government and most posters is appalling. Even more appalling is the lack of concern for others.

  65. Emily on April 30th, 2020 12:30 pm

    The people who are going on about their freedom to do whatever they want to do in the name of freedom are ready missing the point. If only you get sick, then no one to blame but yourselves. But when you start getting complacent, and it’s being spread to your friends, family and neighbors, it is on you too. I think that the only reason this virus isn’t up to the millions is because most of the country has been careful. Now that they are loosening the reigns, people usually go too far, and it will probably be the worst catastrophe this country has ever seen. This is an invisible enemy with deadly weaponry. The vaccines and medicines are being developed quickly. Why is the government so willing to risk lives, in order to keep from helping the people to survive, by giving them their own taxpayers’ money? They knew about the virus months ago and yet waited until the last minute to send out relief fund checks. Trump was trying to play the virus down as some kind of cold, that would be over in a few days, in order to keep the market up. He is always focused on his religion, the almighty dollar. And speaking of religion, where are the wealthy TV evangelists who own mansions, private jets, etc? They’re not donating to hospitals and families in need, not that I have heard of, and you know that they would be shouting it from the rooftops if they had donated anything. All that I am saying is that we need to keep our guards up, until there’s a vaccine development or a medication to treat this deadly virus.

  66. Mary Mattheiss on April 30th, 2020 11:36 am

    What about funeral services? We are in the middle of planning a funeral service for a family member . We would like to know if they have lifted the 10 person rule about attendance at funeral services. Does anyone know?

  67. Sedition on April 30th, 2020 11:18 am

    @David

    Which is worse, N number of people catching the bug, or Nx100 (or 1000 or 10,000…) people who can’t pay the mortgage, car payment, utilities, food, etc.?
    If I die, I die. Let’s see Unkle Samski come to get money out of me then.
    If I live, I have every swinging stud that I owe money to coming after me at the same time. Kinda hard to pay what you don’t have.
    Have you factored in the suicides of folks who are on the verge of loosing everything they have and have lost all hope?
    Do you think that the bill collectors will have mercy? HA!
    Am I thinking about me and my family? Damn right…they are the only ones that I’m responsible for. “Society” will have to take care of itself…the way it should be.

  68. Jayne Chandler on April 30th, 2020 11:10 am

    The fact that salon owner’s, sole proprietor booth renters, massage therapists, tattoo artists and others like us are being given NO HELP yet shut down completely, being arrested, having our license taken and fined is NOT fair. The amount of ppl walking around coughing, snorting, hacking, sneezing and more that aren’t REQUIRED to protect their faces is your problem! Not those of us who are ACTUALLY CLEAN!
    IF WE AND THE CLIENT WEAR FACE MASKS, CHECK TEMPS AND ONLY DO ONE PERSON AT A TIME how is that not progress!?!?!
    People can sign a risk WAIVER.
    There’s LOTS of alternatives to being closed!!!

  69. The Other Side on April 30th, 2020 10:57 am

    Has anyone thought of what the numbers would be if we had not gone under lockdown? The number of cases would be much higher, and possibly still be rising, as well as the death rate even at the same percentage.

  70. Lora Schwartz on April 30th, 2020 10:53 am

    Open the parks! Safer outside away from people than inside so Parks should be opened along with beaches!

  71. George hager April 30 2020 on April 30th, 2020 10:42 am

    Well mr.santos just letting youas if you care you just lost my vote next governor election I think you are a Democrat in disguise open this okee county up

  72. Carolyn on April 30th, 2020 10:16 am

    Dose no one in the government own a dog???? How would you get a job if your hair is long and messy? How do you get your hair cut?

  73. Nhi Le on April 30th, 2020 10:15 am

    What about nail salons? Will they open on May 4th?

  74. SARAH on April 30th, 2020 10:04 am

    My son got a tattoo yesterday. Why are tattoo shops open?????

  75. Sedition on April 30th, 2020 9:47 am

    @Kim

    If you are sick or don’t want to risk getting sick, by all means, make the choice to stay at home. The rest of us have rights (that are being abused) and can chose to carry on with our own precautions.
    If you study the numbers, do your own research, and quit swallowing the story MSM is spoon feeding you, you’ll see that the mortality rate is not nearly as high as once claimed.
    I’m not going to chicken little over this. I’m going to live my life.

  76. Sams tha on April 30th, 2020 9:40 am

    What about the tax collector offices personal i would love to get my boat transferred since mailing it in did not work

  77. Rasheed Jackson on April 30th, 2020 9:06 am

    @Kim
    Yes 60,000 deaths are too many for this virus, really 1 is too many when we you are talking about a life. Could this pandemic been avoided? Who knows? China and the WHO definitly put out false information in the begining with China actually trying to cover it up.
    So what about the flu? There are tens of thousands of lives lost to the flu each and every year, and each of those lives are just as precious as the ones lost to covid 19. Do we shut down the econony and lock ourselves in our homes starting in September thru May of the the next? No, we do not.
    Based on CDC data, In this country every year between 400,000 and 500,000, lives are lost to smoking related illness and > 40,000 deaths from second hand smoke. So who suffers from second hand smoke? Every one who comes in contact with a smoker. And what are we doing about these deaths? Nothing!! So why are we so quick to shut everything down over the covid 19 out break? I for one would like to know.
    I am for restarting the country. I think it is time to stop living in fear and get on with our lives.
    As a side note, one of my children and their spouce, both of which work in a nursing home, had covid 19 and are back at work. So my family was affected by the illness.

  78. David on April 30th, 2020 8:51 am

    CD Williamson…you are special are you not?
    Dead people do not pay taxes either…aka corona virus would not be the killer…but your mentality of concern of paying taxes over health
    You sound like the mentality of Dan White…you see how his mentality worked out.
    All about you isnt it.All about you!

  79. Jan Pickens on April 30th, 2020 8:41 am

    Do we have a date of when Johnson Beach is opening?

  80. Wendell on April 30th, 2020 8:40 am

    A couple of things come to mind, first of all this guy could be a good Governor if he wasn’t so prone to wanting to be a dick so frequently. It’s possible that we didn’t see the numbers, and let me say we haven’t seen the numbers yet, because of the steps that we took because we were afraid.

    that said, there is a new app for barbers and hair salons that can put your customers into a kiosk a digital waiting line and they can be apprised of their progress in the line and can show up when it’s their turn. But if there is anyone out there who sang this whole thing was just a scam, that’s a just a blind deaf and ignorant person. I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet, but I think we’ve done a good job as good citizens a Florida, and we need to keep being smart and reasonable.

  81. Dee on April 30th, 2020 8:27 am

    I really don’t think they should open anything back up. It’s to soon. Look at the cases at the Southern Oaks Nursing Home. This stuff is serious. And we as people are taking it for a joke. Let’s be wise. I don’t want to see more people lose their lives jumping the gun to get everything back open. We don’t know who have this mess. Patient is a virtual. And it will save lives. Be safe and be blessed. We are still on the wall praying.

  82. southerner on April 30th, 2020 8:24 am

    Open Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let those that are afraid stay home. This thing has been blown way out of proportion. Freedom for Florida!

  83. Allan Lamberti on April 30th, 2020 8:02 am

    Vacation rentals are banned indefinitely and have been since 4/1. This means every beach house and condo in the entire state of Florida may not operate. Yet, Alabama will allow their rentals to reopen tomorrow. And DeSantis’ executive order doesn’t apply to motels or hotels.

  84. Rose on April 30th, 2020 7:59 am

    What about imaging centers, labs, & doctor’s offices??

  85. Rose on April 30th, 2020 7:58 am

    What about imaging centers??
    Labs??
    Dr’s offices???

  86. CD Williamson on April 30th, 2020 7:36 am

    If everyone else can open, there is no reason Martial Art Schools cannot open !! We can distance just as easy as Walmart, Restaurants and Liquor stores!! I cannot pay taxes with locked doors!

  87. PATRICIA STYERS on April 30th, 2020 2:55 am

    I was VERY disappointed in our Governor. I voted for him and am happy we did not get the other guy BUT I am in TOTAL opposition to the way he has handled THIS. The solution is SO simple! People who are afraid of the virus…JUST STAY HOME! Nobody will force you to go anywhere! Let those who don’t want to go bankrupt go back to work and let those of us who want our lives back, have them back! I wrote DeSantis and the task force to voice my opinion a couple of days ago. I feel so bad for people who want and NEED to work and for small business owners who will go belly-up because of this. This is bad for individuals, families, businesses and our state!

  88. Liz Joedeman on April 30th, 2020 2:23 am

    Suggestions: Restaurants should be allowed to open with reservations for “dine in” only, Then they can control how many are in the establishment at a time. But continue with curb side. Hair dressers should be by appointment only, They also can control how many are in their establishment at a time. Lock their doors so that “walk ins’ cannot enter. Ask the questions that some businesses already do – “have you been out of the country?” “have you been sick?” etc….. As for the DMV or Court House, etc – Open by appointment only. As for the Dentist – they should operate like the Doctor’s, Clinics, etc. As for the churches – have outdoor services – the people can wear the mask, sit 6 feet apart, and refrain from hugging and touching. Set up a sound system so people can hear, and as for the song – play can music with the words on hand outs that can be kept. There are ways that can be worked out and people can keep their jobs, have a social life and have a somewhat normal life again. The schools can have a small group of different children at a time per day through the week. example: if there are 50 kids in a class room – then a teacher can have 10 different kids each day for the duration of the 5 day week. The kids spend the whole school day at school with the one teacher and eat their lunch in the same room (brought from the kitchen). The kids can then catch up on any homework they did not understand how to do, and learn what is needed to do the work sent home, etc. Kids need the social of other kids and the structure of the classroom in order to stay on task at home. It would also give the parents a reprieve from their kids for 1 day out of the week. Just some suggestions that could work if implemented, and help open things back up.

  89. Kim on April 30th, 2020 12:47 am

    So, I guess y’all think those 60,000 people who died are a lie? Or just expendable? When it’s one of your own, maybe you’ll take this disease more seriously.

  90. Michael Dyson on April 29th, 2020 10:58 pm

    I own a small gym that has only 10-15 people at the busiest time; in a 6000 square foot space. 75 people are allowed in Fresh Market but we can’t have 15? Social distancing would be easy for us, our members already are accustomed to keeping our facility clean, wiping down equipment with disinfectant wipes provided, hand sanitizer, and etc. This is in addition to our staff cleaning and commercial cleaning of the facility. Our spacing with no change is already at the 6′ spacing or just under it. We are not a large gym, we have a fairly small member base. 25% retail would have more people than we would at any given time. We have an electronic system and can easily track usage and regulate all areas within the CDC guidelines. I cant continue to stay closed, this is terrible especially in an area that has had little effect by the virus as a whole.

  91. Sandy on April 29th, 2020 10:53 pm

    Churches have been allowed to hold services. It has been left up to the pastors. Governor made a speech awhile back that places of worship will not be closed.

  92. Tina Cadenhead on April 29th, 2020 10:46 pm

    What about Florida camp grounds? They are safer than the beaches.

  93. Thomas on April 29th, 2020 10:42 pm

    Barber shops, in my opinion, should be considered essential. Gov. Ron DeSantis, since they’re not, I hope your hair grows down to your caboose.

  94. Dawn on April 29th, 2020 10:28 pm

    Death rate for Escambia county now .022, for the state of Florida.036. We have been sold a bill of goods people, for what purpose? Looking at the big picture what has happened since/ what is proposed going forward? Bernie was taken out of the running ( his supporters would have rallied) Biden was removed from debate stages so not to display his apparent mental “short comings” , the Democrats are pushing for mail in voting which is far more easier to falsify. No more Trump rallies thanks to co-vid, which we all know show the EXTREME enthusiasm and support for our President. And last but not least our economy has taken a nose dive which I’m sure a certain demographic of our society would gladly sacrifice to unseat our duly elected President that they hate with all their might. See where I’m going here? RECOGNIZE…

  95. Sedition on April 29th, 2020 10:16 pm

    For those businesses deemed by the mighty man behind the curtain to be non-essential…perhaps their taxes should be deemed non-essential to government.

  96. Kai Lewis on April 29th, 2020 10:02 pm

    Please open dental offices to treat cavities!

  97. DAVID S. JONES on April 29th, 2020 9:57 pm

    IF THEY CAN OPEN UP A FEW PLACES WITH RESTRICTIONS THEY JUST AS WELL OPEN UP EVERYTHING. THIS JUST SHOWS THAT THEY REALLY DON’T BELIEVE THAT FIRE BURNS RIGHT GO AHEAD GO TOUCH THAT FLAME

  98. Sherry on April 29th, 2020 9:50 pm

    What about child care facilities?? We have been opened for essential employees only but are being told we can reopen for all families. We were told only caring for essential workers and the no more than 10 per classroom are recommendation.

  99. Charlene Ward on April 29th, 2020 9:49 pm

    They say it is okay to go inside a restaurant and eat go inside Walmart but yet the hair and nail salons can’t be open or a dentist office or the dog groomers? The president did not put us under martial law so why in the world are we closing everything down? Didn’t he sheriff already said he was not going to enforce any laws so I say everybody open their happy asses up let’s be done with this. I can’t figure out how it is safer to go eat inside a restaurant but it’s unsafe to get your hair cut!!

  100. Kathy Douglas Douglas on April 29th, 2020 9:38 pm

    When will the court house be open

  101. Rebecca M. on April 29th, 2020 9:36 pm

    My boyfriend and I are barley making it through, I feel like I have to pinch every one of of the pennies in my pocket. He hasn’t even got his stimulus check, and we have bills we NEED to cover! I’m working a job that at least puts food in front of us, but it is not enough, but he doesn’t have one because no one will hire right now. I get it it’s a pandemic, but for god sakes it ruining our lives! Everyone go watch the corona virus documentary on Netflix and it’ll show you how “serious” this is, using graphs and everything…

  102. Eliza on April 29th, 2020 9:36 pm

    Can a small congregation under 80 people with enough room to social distance have church services this Sunday? May 3.

  103. Dexter on April 29th, 2020 8:52 pm

    Open the Florida Lottery they got a glass window they

  104. Suzie B on April 29th, 2020 8:49 pm

    I was wondering how these folks are going to so go to a restaurant to eat with masks on. Just kidding. I hope a soft opening goes well with various businesses and many people can get back to work soon. Thanks for the easy to understand up;date

  105. Cody oehm on April 29th, 2020 8:48 pm

    This is a joke. My girlfriend is a bartender, has not received a stimulus check and can’t get on the unemployment website. Bills are pouring in and we have to eat. I’m barely keeping us afloat. What are we supposed to do????????????????

  106. Amelia on April 29th, 2020 8:31 pm

    I heard the dmv will not be open for a while. They have switched to online Or over the phone only. I called and they told me to go to flhsmv.gov to replace my id or driver’s license.

  107. Terry Taylor on April 29th, 2020 8:27 pm

    What about Reemployment center I’ve been separated from my job since 3/28/2020 and still have no resolution to my claim even after sending mail in application??????

  108. Matthew Garland on April 29th, 2020 8:14 pm

    This is the biggest scam and load of crap ever! Take the governors paycheck and I bet he would change his mind for all these small businesses especially the salons and dental offices!!!!! Nobody is in danger!!!

  109. Debbie on April 29th, 2020 8:06 pm

    CAMPERS ARE WELL OVER 20 FT APART…OPEN CAMPING. FOREST SERVICE OPERATED..MUNSIN , FL…KRUL CAMPGROUND…LENTY OF SPACE BETWEEN CAMPERS AND PEOPLE..

  110. Debbie on April 29th, 2020 8:03 pm

    OPEN KRUL CAMPGROUND, MUNSON FLORIDA, COUNTRY LARGE CAMPGROUND….FOREST SERVICE OPERATED.

  111. southerner on April 29th, 2020 7:47 pm

    Open them all up and let those who want to take chances do so…It is not fair to the little man trying to make a living and survive…

  112. Jan Hunsucker on April 29th, 2020 7:41 pm

    I noticed that some doctor offices are open upon appointment t only with only 1 person allowed in the building at a time. Others are locked outside until called in.
    Why cant massage people be open too since they only work on one person at a time. They are medically needed for some. Their business is hurting too and they sanitize always between customers and did more so since covid before being shut down

  113. Alan on April 29th, 2020 7:35 pm

    Not all restaurants are built the same and capacity, how many they can seat, has nothing to do with how many they actually seat. Would of been easier to say groups can have no more than X number in then and groups must be 6’ a part when seated.

  114. Peter barnett on April 29th, 2020 7:34 pm

    What are u thinking who goes to a restaurant to drink water r soda with dinner and at 25% i would stay closed anx keep u paying me cause i will lize money being open with the over head. We ars being told outside us the best place and u will not open the beaches or open air restaurants and bars. The hotel business has no chance when these are all closed. This is plan stupity and very backward, please get a life and let the rest of the people control tbeirs.

  115. Ember Knoblauch on April 29th, 2020 7:33 pm

    How are hair dressers supposed to pay bills!!!!? My daughter, like thousands of others, filed for unemp7and NOTHING STILL!!!! Weeks have gone by and NOTHING!!!!

    Just how is a server supposed to put my food on my table and keep 6 ft away….THROW IT AT ME!?!?!?!?!

  116. Melanie Cardwell on April 29th, 2020 7:14 pm

    I think we should open everything up. Use social distancing , handwashing and wear masks. The economy has suffered enough.

  117. Kim on April 29th, 2020 6:58 pm

    Will the Dmv be open

  118. Kym Hamilton on April 29th, 2020 6:57 pm

    Escambia County JUST had 70+ cases from a nursing home. SOMEONE is infecting these innocent people! It’s waaaaay too early to open up. We’ll surely have increased cases and deaths without testing and closures! It is NOT just elderly contracting this heinous disease, even babies have died! Until a test is made available for EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT and incoming visitors, and until WE AS A NATION have better control, testing AND a TREATMENT, I say: Keep Our Nation CLOSED!

  119. Elizabeth on April 29th, 2020 6:49 pm

    dental hygienist??? We are being overlooked during this crisis…. the CDC recommends only emergency treatment in dental offices, as we dont have proper PPE due to shortage, and as this virus stays virulently suspended and alive in the Aerosols we produce during dental cleanings for 3 hours. That means patients have their mouths wide open, breathing the air of other patients in other operatories and from previous patients. These patients, while being asymptomatic, can still be contagious. Would you want to get a cleaning knowing this? But yet it’s not safe to get your hair done…. but it’s ok to get your teeth cleaned?? We havent received unemployment, the system is so backed up. We dont have ADA protocols agreeing with CDC in place…. there are still increasing in cases throughout Florida… please address this topic!!

  120. diane banks on April 29th, 2020 6:40 pm

    I do not understand why hairdressers and barber shops can not open as long as they are a small shop and only have one in the shop at a time. I bet someone is cutting the Gov hair. These small shops are going to hurt badly if they are not allowed to start making money. There could be a limit to the amount of people inside the shop just like in a restaurant, I would think this could be handled easier than a department store.

  121. Concerned still... on April 29th, 2020 6:38 pm

    10 or less I’d imagine but… Good question. I miss my church service’s church family and pastor.

  122. She’s Snyder on April 29th, 2020 6:34 pm

    How about open everything up. If you fill you don’t want to go out and are old stay home. These people shutting the country down will destroy people’s lives to where they wish they had got it and died.

  123. Warren Williams on April 29th, 2020 6:24 pm

    What about the DMV?

  124. Concerned essential on April 29th, 2020 6:22 pm

    Will they start testing us medical workers now? It’s not been offered unless you had symptoms

  125. Me on April 29th, 2020 6:21 pm

    So when tf they gone open up the dmv so I can get my wisen’s

  126. Sue on April 29th, 2020 6:20 pm

    Interesting that he says the lockdown was driven by fear and hysteria, yet his own daughter has been isolated from the grandparents. What was he scared of, if not the virus?

  127. Toni yoh on April 29th, 2020 6:20 pm

    Why can’t we do the same for bars
    I been mixing drinks30 years I have family
    Just like many others to support we grown let’sus go back to work before we loss everything

  128. Common sense on April 29th, 2020 6:09 pm

    Go to church Wayne the new numbers coming out show this is no worse than the flu for most people… live by statistics and facts not sensational headlines

  129. Wayne miller on April 29th, 2020 5:54 pm

    What about church that has 500 or more people





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