CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Broward County is allowed to shift into the Phase 2 of Covid-19 reopening this Monday, which makes it possible for more businesses to reopen following significant declines of virus spread from the July peak, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday. 

The announcement also increases the possibility of in-person learning at Broward County schools – as early as October, as Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie said this week.

“The most significant aspect of that is that it clears the pathway for in-person instruction to resume,” DeSantis said.

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Under Phase 2 reopening across Florida, stores, fitness centers, libraries, museums, and other organizations have been allowed to reopen or operate with fewer restrictions.

However, Broward County announced Friday afternoon that there won't be any changes to how businesses are allowed to operate when Phase 2 reopening starts.

Still, county officials said additional openings are coming soon. 

"As the numbers permit, Broward will incrementally allow for further openings that give our residents and businesses added flexibility," Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry said in a news release.

DeSantis said Broward County’s virus positivity rate is at 3.4 percent and daily admissions to hospitals with Covid-19 symptoms is down 85 percent from its peak.

“That’s really strong progress,” he said.

To reopen Broward County schools, Runcie said one of the first considers was that the county had to be in Phase 2 reopening.

Runcie has not committed to a reopening day for schools and left that decision for the school board to consider later this month.


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