Florida readies for biggest reopening since start of pandemic

Florida’s restaurants and stores will begin welcoming customers at half capacity Monday — in the largest reopening of the state since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that such businesses across the state would open at 50% capacity after many originally operated at 25% in recent weeks. The move comes a day after the governor said Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which had kept nonessential businesses closed, would similarly reopen Monday at 50% capacity.

Gyms also would be allowed to open across the state, except for Broward and Miami-Dade counties, because county officials worried the virus would spread.

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