Some coronavirus restrictions started easing up Monday in parts of South Florida.
In Miami-Dade County, restaurants were allowed to welcome back diners to indoor seating for the first time in almost two months, provided masks were worn and the establishments operated at 50% capacity.
In Palm Beach County, officials issued an order allowing tattoo and body piercing parlors, as well as tanning salons, to reopen starting Monday.
In Miami-Dade County, most indoor dining has been banned in the county since early July to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“This does not mean this is over by a long shot,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in an online press conference. “While we’re heading in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods.”
Under the order allowing indoor dining, restaurants will be required to run their ventilation and air conditioning systems with fans “on,” keeps doors and windows open, and limit no more than six people to a table.
Miami-Dace County also is allowing casinos to reopen, provided food and drink are consumed in eating-only designated areas, and drinking and eating is prohibited at gaming tables and slot machines.
In Palm Beach County, the tattoo shops, piercing parlors and tanning salons will have to adopt appropriate safety protocols to stop the spread of the virus, according to an order issued Sunday evening.
The loosening up of restrictions in South Florida comes after DeSantis said he was considering allowing South Florida to move into Phase 2, which would allow more businesses to resume operations.
Some coronavirus restrictions ease up in South Florida