During a Friday news conference in Miami, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Broward and Miami-Dade Counties will move to phase two starting Monday.
“Today I’m announcing that effective Monday both Broward and Miami-Dade counties will be moved into phase two,” DeSantis said.
“Of course, the most significant aspect of that is it really clears the pathway for in-person instruction to resume. Of course, at the parents’ discretion, and we want to continue to offer parents the ability to do remote learning if that’s what they want to do,” said DeSantis.
“This is really, really important. I mean, we’ve had a very difficult six months, but it’s been very difficult for kids. They were taken out of class in March, going to remote learning. Many of them did a good job under the circumstances, but it’s just not the same,” DeSantis added.
DeSantis said that in Miami-Dade, “Covid-positive hospitalizations have decreased by nearly 75% since the July peak, and new admissions to the hospital for Covid are down 82% since the July peak.”
“Broward has done phenomenal as well,” added DeSantis.
“Their hospitalizations are down by over 75% since the July peak. Their daily admissions to the hospital for Covid-positive individuals is down 85% from the peak,” said DeSantis.
DeSantis was joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho.
Gimenez announced that on Monday his administration will “be looking at what businesses we can reopen that were forced to close in June because of the spike after Memorial Day.”
“Those include entertainment venues, like movie theaters, bowling alleys, play houses and arcades operating at 50% capacity under strict rules to keep people safe,” Gimenez said. “Next week we’ll be opening more outdoor venues, like the zoo,” added Gimenez.
“Let me be clear that Miami-Dade County will not be opening up bars and night clubs,” the mayor said. “We’re still not out of the woods yet,” Gimenez added.
Gimenez said next week his administration will have more details about phase two openings.