covid-19The White House detailed the three-phase approach to reopening America which is based on up-to-date data and works to mitigate resurgence of the coronavirus and protect the vulnerable populations. Each phase is implementable on a state-wide or county-wide basis based on the governor or mayor’s discretion. The state must have a reported downward trajectory of individuals experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms and influenza-like illnesses for 14 days, a downward trajectory of documented cases or downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period as well as hospitals that treat all patients without crisis care and have a robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers.

Florida is currently in Phase 1 of reopening which means social distancing is still encouraged but vulnerable populations must self-quarantine. Schools will remain closed as well as large venues, movie theatres, barber shops and beauty salons that require close physical contact with patrons. Restaurants, shops, parks, golf courses and places of worship will reopen with social distancing guidelines. Elective surgeries can resume as long as the hospital follows strict guidelines and has enough equipment to handle both surgeries and treatment of COVID-19 patients. All the Florida counties are included except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.