ORLANDO, Fla. — Bars, movie theaters and bowling alleys will be able to reopen under Phase 2 of Florida's reopening plan.

What You Need To Know

  • Phase 2 reopening starts Friday

  • Bars and night clubs be allowed to reopen 

  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys can reopen with 50% capacity

Gov. DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday from Universal Orlando resort. Phase 2 reopening would start Friday.

Bars and night clubs would operate consistent with guidance and seating occupancy, and restaurants will be able to seat customers at bars. Patrons can only be served at bars if they are seated. Restaurants can operate at full capacity.

Movie theaters and bowling alleys will be able to reopen with 50 percent capacity, while following sanitation and social distancing rules.

So can concert halls, playhouses, auditoriums and arcades.

Retail businesses can also operate at full capacity, as can gyms.

Tattoo parlors, tanning salons, acupuncture and massage businesses can also reopen, under guidance from the Florida Dept. of Health.

In all cases, social distancing and sanitization protocols must be maintained. 

People who are still susceptible to becoming ill from COVID-19, including those over 65 and those with underlying medical conditions should continue to avoid groups and activities that can risk exposure. 

Also, groups of 50 and under are now allowed to gather.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will not be part of the reopening Friday.

DeSantis also announced that Florida's state universities will present their plans to reopen in the fall to a task force on June 23.


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