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    FL Gov. Ron DeSantis lifts state’s coronavirus restrictions on bars and restaurants

    FL Gov. Ron DeSantis lifts state’s coronavirus restrictions on bars and restaurants

    DeSantis is following hard science and the real numbers.
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    It’s back to business for Florida’s bars and restaurants! Under an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, these entities will no longer be forced to operate at less than full capacity under state rules as the tide of the coronavirus pandemic begins to roll back.

    The order, which takes effect immediately, also prohibits local governments from closing businesses or collecting fines related to pandemic-related mandates, such as mask requirements — leading to at least one Central Florida county being inundated with calls asking if people no longer have to wear one. But it does allow local authorities to limit restaurant and bar capacity to 50% if they can justify it.

    “We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3,” DeSantis said during a news conference in St. Petersburg. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida. We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work. (Local governments) can do reasonable regulations, but they can’t just say no.”

    The executive order ends nearly every measure the Sunshine State put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, placing Florida into the last phase of its reopening plan.

    The executive order does allow local governments to keep additional limits in place if they’re justified for health or economic reasons.

    “Every business has the right to operate,” DeSantis said. “Some of the locals can do reasonable regulations. But you can’t just say no.”

    …Currently, Miami-Dade, Broward and other counties in South Florida have locally imposed limits on the hours restaurants and bars can operate and how many customers they can serve indoors.

    Broward County Mayor Dale Holness told NPR member station WLRN on Friday, “We’re hoping that the governor will allow us to have deeper restrictions than the rest of the state. We have a greater spread of the virus in South Florida than other parts of the state.”

    In tandem with this order, DeSantis has also been sharing some coronavirus statistics that the American press hasn’t been highlighting.

    The Centers for Disease Control’s recent official survival rate data are truly eye-opening.

    Below is a quick summary of the CDC COVID-19 Survival Rates.

    Age 0-19 — 99.997%
    Age 20-49 — 99.98%
    Age 50-69 — 99.5%
    Age 70+ — 94.6%

    Below is Infection Fatality Ratio for Scenario 5: Current Best Estimate

    R0* 2.5

    Age 0-19 years: 0.00003
    Age 20-49 years: 0.0002
    Age 50-69 years: 0.005
    Age 70+ years: 0.054

    Clearly, DeSantis is following hard science and the real numbers.


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    This is what DeSantis’ EO does. Note, I only dealt with the “shalls” in previous EO’s referenced and not the “shoulds” when deciding what this EO does.

    It lifts any and all state ordered limits on the capacity of gyms, fitness centers, retail establishments, libraries, museums, bars, food service establishments, and assembly (entertainment) occupancies.

    It eliminates the state’s requirements for social distancing measures at bars and restaurants as well as any partitioning needed to maintain same.

    It eliminates the state’s restrictions on the on premise sale of alcoholic beverages.

    It state’s eliminates the requirement that restaurant employees be screened for Covid symptoms.

    It lifts the state’s restrictions on health care services/medical procedures.

    It lifts the state’s restrictions on vacation rentals.

    It lifts state’s restrictions on people traveling to and from Florida.

    It lifts the state’s restrictions on the number of people who may congregate.

    It allows Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties to enter Phase 2 of the reopening plan.

    It specifies restrictions on working or operating a business may not be placed on individuals by local emergency ordinances.

    It specifies which restrictions may be placed on restaurants by local emergency ordinances.

    It eliminates fines on individuals for any Covid 19 violations.

    It does not lift other provisions of local emergency anti Covid 19 ordinances. This means if a city has such an ordinance that requires bars limit their occupancy to 50% and close at 11 PM that ordinance is still in effect. Individual can’t be fined for violations but the business still can be fined.

    In Florida Statutes 125 and 166 the procedures for adopting local ordinances is spelled out. An exception for these procedures is allowed for the passing of an emergency ordinance. That procedure does not set a limit on the length of time an emergency order remains in force. That language would be in the local emergency order itself.

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