Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has finally reopened Florida’s state economy, but as expected, on a limited basis.
During a press conference in Tallahassee on Wednesday, DeSantis announced that he is re-opening the state in a very “small, limited, and methodical” way on May 4th.
After outlining how Florida has outperformed as a state in dealing with the spreading COVID-19 disease and comparing the state with New York and the country of Italy, DeSantis announced the good news to Floridians
Unfortunately for those living in for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, DeSantis has left the restrictions in place until further notice.
The most significant restriction that DeSantis is lifting is allowing for elective medical procedures to resume.
Last weekend when asked about opening up the state for elective medical procedures, DeSantis said that he and his Task Force would be meeting over the weekend to discuss when to allow healthcare professionals to resume elective medical procedures like outpatient screenings and surgeries.
“I think certainly we are going to need to do that,” said DeSantis “These elective procedures really do affect patients health, you are talking about screenings, you are talking about things that are really important.”
“On behalf of our more than 25,000 members, the Florida Medical Association is pleased Gov. Ron DeSantis today announced that elective medical procedures will now be allowed in Florida. This is welcomed news as many patients have had to delay much needed treatment and care due to Executive Order 20-72 prohibiting patients with chronic kidney disease, certain cancer, cardiac bypass and congestive heart failure and those needing joint surgeries to alleviate chronic pain, to receive care.
DeSantis also said restaurants can open up for outdoor service, but limited indoor capacity seating to 25 percent.
Here is an image of what is not open in Florida: