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Florida enters 'full Phase 1' Monday. Here's what to expect

An overview of what "Full Phase 1" means in Florida.
Posted at 6:33 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 04:42:11-04

Florida enters full phase 1 on Monday, May 18, allowing Floridians to take one step closer to getting life back to normal.

What does that mean as far as what is open and what still has restrictions? Here's what is changing starting Monday:

RESTAURANTS:
Food establishments may increase their indoor capacity from 25% to 50% with proper social distancing. Outdoor seating is encouraged.

RETAIL STORES:
Stores may operate up to 50% capacity indoors.

MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES:
They may operate up to 50% capacity if permitted by local governments.

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS:
They may reopen and operate up to 50% capacity. Staff and patrons are asked to sanitize machines and surfaces after use.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS VENUES:
Professional sports venues may open and operate for games, events and training.

VACATION RENTALS:
Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals by submitting a written request and county vacation rental safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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BEACHES:
Palm Beach County commissioners voted 5-2 on Friday to reopen beaches with no restrictions.

Beachgoers will be allowed to sunbathe, and concession stands for beach chairs and umbrellas, along with food and beverage stands, will be allowed to operate.

However, gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited and beachgoers must stay at least six feet apart from each other.

Palm Beach County beaches will be open to residents from all counties.

The city of Delray Beach will reopen public and private beaches on Monday, but with some restrictions.

Beachgoers will be permitted to walk and jog on the beach and swim in the ocean.

However, surfing is prohibited during this first phase of reopening, as well as sunbathing, volleyball, group fitness, organized activities, congregating and the use of chairs, tents and cabana rentals.

In Boca Raton, pedestrians can access city beaches from sunrise to sunset, but all city beach parks will remain closed.

The Riviera Beach City Council voted not to reopen the city beach on Monday. County beaches in the area will be open including Phil Foster Park and Ocean Reef Park.

The Council will vote on the issue of reopening city beaches again in June.

In Martin County, beaches are restricted to residents only. Anyone heading to the beach will need to show proof of residency. County officials are meeting Tuesday to discuss the possibility of lifting residency restrictions.

The town of Palm Beach will be opening their beaches the day after Memorial Day.