PARKLAND, FL – Broward County officials are considering lifting coronavirus restrictions across the county as the vaccination rates go up and new case numbers go down.
County commissioners agreed this week to start lifting restrictions on outdoor activities at community/condo pools, golf courses, and other places, as long as certain benchmarks are met in the county.
Here’s what is being considered, according to NBC 6 South Florida:
- If 50 percent of the county is vaccinated and the positivity rate is at or lower than 5 percent, social distancing restrictions would be eased at restaurants, hotels, outdoor establishments, and nonprofessional sporting functions.
- If 60 percent of the county is vaccinated and the positivity rate is at or lower than 4 percent, social distancing restrictions would be lifted at gyms, indoor amusement facilities, movies, theaters, and community centers.
- And if 65 percent of the county is vaccinated and the positivity rate is at or lower than 3 percent, face mask and facial covering requirements would be eased.
In a tweet, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said he personally spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert. His recommendation, according to Geller: “When lifting restrictions - mask mandate should be last.”
As of Tuesday, 570,571 people have been vaccinated in Broward County, according to the Florida Department of Health. Broward County had a positivity rate of 8.06% on Monday, based on data from the state health department.
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