Florida: Wide-Open Restaurants, No Mask Mandate, Plunging Case Counts
On Sept. 25, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that bars and restaurants could operate at 100% capacity. That order overrides local ordinances, unless a city can make a case that the business should be closed on health or economic grounds, according to Ballotpedia.
Florida has no statewide mask mandate.
On Jan. 8, Florida’s daily count of new positive COVID-19 test results each day peaked at 17,991 (seven-day average). The rate has fallen to 4,545 new positive tests on March 14, according to the New York Times. That's a 75% drop in the number of new daily positive test results over the 66-day period.
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