South Florida began a gradual reopening of its economy on Monday, with the start of activities of some restaurants and businesses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. However, the beaches will still be closed until further notice..
Opening "phase 1" in this region Nor does it include hotels, bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters, or massage centers..
Restaurants may fill only 50% of their capacity and all workers and visitors to businesses open to the public must wear masks, as well as all the passengers that circulate in the Miami International Airport.
"There is light at the end of the tunnel," Governor Ron DeSantis said Sunday. "And this leads us to continue on that path."
The reopening, however, proceeds at different rates in the intricate system of counties and cities.
For example, the Miami and Miami Beach jurisdictions, both within Miami-Dade County, They will wait until this Wednesday to open some businesses and until May 27 to enable the restaurants.
The idea is to avoid a flood of tourists during the long weekend of "Memorial Day", which takes place on Monday the 25th.
But Fort Lauderdale in Broward CountyIt did open some gyms and restaurants this Monday, although the influx of visitors on the seafront was low at noon.
"I am happy because a long time has passed," he told the AFP waitress Nathalie White.
Referring to the lost high season of tourism in South Florida, between March and April, he continued: "It was tough because we actually came from spring break and it's a crazy time for us. And suddenly everything stopped and we had to stay home"
South Florida shopping malls will also be reactivated this week at different times. This Monday the giant Sawgrass Mills opened, one of the most popular among Latin American tourists.
However, many of the businesses in this mall west of Fort Lauderdale were closed, although the visitors wore masks. Only the Forever 21 youth clothing store had a long line of people waiting outside, a photographer from AFP.
After the closing in March of all non-essential businesses, the rest of Florida began to open its economy - and some of its beaches - two weeks ago, but the south, which is the most populous area and where most cases of coronavirus are concentrated, had remained closed.
As of Monday, Florida recorded more than 46,000 positive cases and 1,997 deaths, of which more than 1,100 occurred in the southeast, where the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are.
With information from AFP
Authorities in Miami are ready to reopen but their merchants are not so sure