DeSantis reopens bars, movie theaters and concert halls in most of Florida after coronavirus shutdowns

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday reopened bars, movie theaters and other entertainment in 64 counties, announcing Florida’s move into Phase 2 of his three-step plan to restart the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes go into effect Friday but don’t apply to the three hardest-hit counties in the state: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach in South Florida.

Under his executive order, bars will be able to open at 50% capacity indoors, and at full capacity outside with proper social distancing of 6 feet between tables. The reopenings also include businesses such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and concert halls at 50% capacity, with social-distancing restrictions as well.

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