Florida Has A Plan To Come Back To Business

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales sent a memorandum that outlines what he described as a "Resilient Recovery Plan" for the city.

Morales did not set a schedule, but his approach is based on the White House's Opening Up America Again guidelines. The earliest date that Florida can relax social distancing with containment strategies that include testing, contact tracing, isolation, and limiting gathering size.

The plan addresses many aspects of daily life, schools, childcare, transportation, government services, parks, places of worship, community centers, hotels, retail, beaches, entertainment, bars, and restaurants.

Restaurant reopenings would proceed in two phases:

Phase one - allow restaurants to open with outdoor seating only, and would request that restaurants consider special hours to accommodate vulnerable populations. Restaurants would operate at 50 percent capacity or require a minimum of six feet of space between tables. Employees would work staggered shifts and wear masks. Hours would be reduced and menus limited, as restaurants would be required to implement measures to prevent servers and bussers to cross-contaminate tables. Liquor could be offered to table service but bars would remain closed to patrons.

Phase two - restaurants will be allowed to relax social-distancing measures and increase capacity. Until further notice, restaurants supply straws for all drinks, reduce outside seating by 20 to 30 percent, increase airflow from the outside, use phone-app technology to take orders and receive payment, and operate on a reservations-only basis in order to stay within capacity limits.

Bars will not open until phase two and they would be allowed to operate with reduced standing-room occupancy and staggered work shifts and masks for employees. Pool tables, touch devices like jukeboxes, games, and vending machines are off-limits.

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