Florida Phase 2 on reopening may happen early June

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

When will Phase 2 start in Florida? It’s been the big question in Brevard County and Indian River County as we enter the second week of Phase 1 Full.

Some sources say Gov. Ron DeSantis may begin Phase 2 on Monday, June 1, 2020, or Monday, June 8, 2020. But, we haven’t seen anything to indicate that the governor is ready for the second phase.

However, DeSantis did say the COVID-19 numbers are still dropping on average. There were a couple of spikes following Phase 1 Full, but the numbers dropped again, averaging 400 to 700 new cases per day in Florida. Some residents fear that Florida may be reopening too fast.

On May 4, 2020, DeSantis started Phase 1 to reopen Florida. Last week, Phase 1 Full started, which allowed gyms and hair salons to reopen with limited capacity.

In Sebastian, nearly all restaurants are open but are hurting with the restrictions. Masks are the biggest complaint among restaurant patrons. Some customers feel all staff who handle food should be wearing a mask.

Masks are not mandatory at restaurants or any other businesses. The CDC only recommends a mask in public settings if a person has COVID-19 symptoms and where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Sebastian hasn’t changed in nearly two months, suggesting there are no new cases. Malabar, Grant, and Barefoot Bay still have one case each, while Micco has zero. Also, Fellsmere recently jumped from one to three cases last week.

Palm Bay and Vero Beach still have new cases each week, but very minimal.

Overall, Indian River County and Brevard County are doing well when compared to other counties down south.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Indian River County is still nine, and it’s been that way for about two months. Brevard County recently had two more deaths last week, bringing their total to 11 victims.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.