Florida Governor announces plans to reopen the state

Apr 29, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday April 29, 2020 4:35pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In a late afternoon briefing, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the first steps to begin the reopening of Florida amid COVID-19.

Phase 1 of the reopening will begin Monday May 4 2020, excluding Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties (Walt Disney World is located in Orange and Osceola). Many of the existing coronavirus protocols will remain in place including protecting the vulnerable, increasing testing, promoting social distancing, supporting hospitals and preventing introduction from outside the state.

DeSantis referred to Florida meeting the White House Gating Criteria to enter Phase 1 of the three phase reopening plan, which means:

  • SYMPTOMS - Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period AND Downward trajectory of covid-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period

  • CASES - Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period OR Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)

  • HOSPITALS - Treat all patients without crisis care AND Robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing

Florida is broadly following the criteria outlined by Trump's "Opening Up America Again" guidelines, but with some slightly stricter modifications. Below are the guidelines for Phase 1 in Florida:

  • Schools closed and will remain remain distance learning
  • Visits to senior living prohibited
  • Elective surgeries can resume
  • Restaurants can use outdoor seating with six foot spacing and and indoor seating at 25% with six foot spacing
  • Retail can operate at 25% occupancy
  • Movie Theaters, Bars, gyms and personal services like hair dressers will remain closed
  • Face masks recommended
  • Avoid groups of more than 10

DeSantis said that Florida will continue to monitor key metrics to move to the next phase, and he stated that is does not need to take months (hopefully weeks) but will be data driven.

Meanwhile, in a separate briefing at the county level, Mayor Demings said that plans for reopening Orange County will be announced by the end of the week.

Disney is yet to make any further announcements, but by the end of the week both the state and county will have made their statements, putting the ball largely in Disney's court on a reopening plan. However, it seems clear that the majority of Walt Disney World can not operate under Phase 1 limitations.

Discuss on the Forums

SteveAZee41 minutes ago

Yes... their faces. 😏

Patcheslee1 hour ago

Drunk office workers photocopying their faces, without cleaning between uses? πŸ™ƒ

SteveAZee1 hour ago

In their free time.

JoeCamel1 hour ago

Did the kids make it?

Virtual Toad1 hour ago

The Forbes article seemed to imply it had something to do with office parties and photocopiers.πŸ˜‚

SteveAZee1 hour ago

The Delta variant was cooked up in the basement of a DC pizzeria. Prove me wrong.

Virtual Toad2 hours ago

This post does not mention Delta specifically though false claims attempting to tie vaccinations to the development of Delta and other variants are circulating on social media. The Forbes article does discuss the situation in terms of multiple variants and variants in general.

GoofGoof2 hours ago

You missed a post. Another poster suggested that variants were coming from the vaccinated and spreading to the unvaccinated.

TrainChasers2 hours ago

I may have missed a post but I didn’t think anyone made that claim?

LittleBuford2 hours ago

In terms of the bigger picture, getting more people vaccinated across the world first would be a better use of those extra doses. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02219-w

SteveAZee2 hours ago

The article mentions Delta, but to me it's not clear if the drop off in efficacy is due to time or Delta being introduced during the data gathering.

Virtual Toad2 hours ago

On the subject of claims that vaccines are the cause of Delta (and who is originating these claims), here’s what Forbes has to say: β€œThere is however one big flaw in such claims. It has to do with the space-time continuum and the lack of a flux capacitor.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/08/07/did-covid-19-vaccines-cause-coronavirus-delta-variants-no-evidence-behind-such-claims/

SteveAZee2 hours ago

I don't know if there's a risk. I was under the impression that there simply isn't enough evidence (yet) that a third shot will improve the odds that much. No one's saying it won't, they simply don't have enough information to say it will. If two Tylenol are good, three must be great and four must be incredible! What could possibly go wrong? :)

disneygeek902 hours ago

β€œThe new study found that from two weeks after recipients got their second dose β€” a point at which they are normally considered fully vaccinated β€” to four months later, the Pfizer vaccine was 91 percent effective in preventing hospitalization. Beyond 120 days, though, its effectiveness fell to 77 percent.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/science/cdc-pfizer-vaccine-efficacy.amp.html