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Governor announces “full Phase One” starting Monday

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

At a press conference today in Jacksonville, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida will move to “full Phase One” on Monday. This will include increasing indoor restaurant and retail capacity to 50% and opening gyms.

Over the past few days, DeSantis has described Florida’s Phase One so far as “Phase 0.5” because Florida didn’t take all the steps in the federal Phase One plan. Now he says he’s ready to take all the steps in the federal Phase One plan except opening movie theaters.

Alachua County hasn’t even moved to Phase 0.5 in retail occupancy (we are still at 1 person per 500 square feet, and county commissioners were very reluctant to go to 25% restaurant capacity), so it remains to be seen whether Alachua County will follow any parts of the governor’s plan.

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