Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is lifting capacity restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, even as the state reports hundreds of coronavirus deaths a week.
Speaking Friday in St. Petersburg, the Republican governor also said he would make it harder for local governments to institute their own restrictions, which have gone above and beyond the state’s rules. And he banned pandemic-related fines, hitting the ability of cities and counties to enforce mask mandates.
The measures were part of DeSantis’s move into the so-called third phase of reopening. All restaurants can stay open at 50% of capacity, and it would be incumbent upon local governments to justify caps below 100%.
“The order that I’m signing today will guarantee restaurants operate, will not allow closures,” DeSantis said.
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