What Happens Now in Florida?

By Product Expert | Posted in General Information, Tampa Bay on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 8:39 pm
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Florida Reopens as Safer-At-Home Order Ends 

There is a lot of uncertainty throughout the country currently and as Florida begins to reopen as the governor’s Safer-at-Home Order ends, you may be wondering what happens now in Florida. The start of Phase 1 is beginning for the reopening of Florida and many locals are curious to know what exactly this means and how it affects them. We at Friendly Kia wanted to help ease the minds of those in the Tampa area by providing a breakdown of what happens now in Florida.  

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Phase 1 of Florida Reopening 

As we mentioned above, the first phase of Florida’s reopening has begun. The governor has put in place a series of phases to help the state gradually ease back into normal operations. May 3 marked the end of the Safer-at-Home Order and May 4 begins Phase 1.  

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Most of the counties throughout Florida are taking part in the first phase of the states reopening. With the stay at home order expiring, select activities are able to resume under certain guidelines.  

Roughly 80 Florida state parks and trails will be able to resume operations during the first phase of the state’s reopening. Select counties will reopen county-run beaches while still encouraging social distancing amongst guests and restricting some activities.  

Under the first phase of Florida’s reopening, the governor is allowing retail stores to resume operations at 25% capacity. This means that many malls throughout the Tampa Bay area will begin reopening with entry limitations set for each individual store.  

Elective surgeries were put on hold during the state’s Safer-at-Home Order and now with the order lifting, these surgeries are able to resume like normal. Other health facilities like dental offices, orthodontic offices, health care practitioner offices and more are also reopening.  

Just as summer begins, restaurants are able to reopen their doors to dine-in guests. Outdoor seating and dining rooms are able to resume like normal for local Florida restaurants, however, they must follow some rules that have been set in place. No more than 10 people are able to sit at one table and outdoor tables must be separated by at least 6 feet. Restaurants are able to be at 25% capacity for indoor seating.  

What is Closed During Florida’s Phase 1? 

As the state slowly begins to reopen, not everything will go completely back to normal quite yet. During the first phase of Florida’s reopening, businesses including bars, gyms, movie theaters, and personal services, like hair and nail salons, will not be able to reopen.

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Friendly Kia Offers Safe Wishes During Florida’s Phase 1 

We at Friendly Kia hope that everyone continues to follow the guidelines set in place by the governor throughout the first phase of our state’s reopening. Our team looks forward to getting our showroom and dealership back to normal and we can’t wait to continue helping those around Tampa find their perfect vehicle. Get a jump start on your vehicle search by heading over to our online inventory page.  

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