PARKLAND, FL- Broward and Miami-Dade begin their Phase I reopening plan this week, and local establishments are scrambling to get themselves ready. Hundreds of area businesses in and around Parkland are doing their best to be prepared for the "new normal."

The single most consistent hope for area business owners is that patrons have patience. Everyone is still figuring this out together, and there is no "standard operation" yet. One of the best ideas if you plan to visit a local establishment is to call or check ahead with the business itself to clarify expectations.

"Several salons and restaurant dining areas are opening in Parkland," says Mayor Christine Hunschofsky. "Many have already posted the safety precautions they have implemented to keep their employees and patrons safe. Please call ahead to make reservations."

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The lone holdout that people may expect to be open are local gyms and fitness centers. While Governor DeSantis has declared gyms open at a state level, Broward County has said that gyms need to remain closed for now. Some cities are working to get the Broward mandate changed, but for now the gyms are closed in Broward County.

The reopening may be slow, but the goal is to open our cities in a responsible manner that minimizes the chance of regression in the Coronavirus recovery plan.

"Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines of physical distancing, wearing face coverings properly, and washing hands to prevent the spread," adds Hunschofsky. "Working together we can re-open as safely as possible for everyone."