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Mayor Jerry Demings: Orange County businesses could be closed into June

Walt Disney World Resort Security Cast Members Jack Cooper (left) and Branland Vaughn (right) hold “thank you” signs for medical workers while standing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The castle shines with a hopeful blue light through April 7, 2020, in honor of World Health Day, and Cooper and Vaughn’s signs represent the gratitude all Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members have for the medical community during these challenging times. (Disney)
Walt Disney World Resort Security Cast Members Jack Cooper (left) and Branland Vaughn (right) hold “thank you” signs for medical workers while standing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The castle shines with a hopeful blue light through April 7, 2020, in honor of World Health Day, and Cooper and Vaughn’s signs represent the gratitude all Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members have for the medical community during these challenging times. (Disney) (Disney)

ORLANDO, Fla. – As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Central Florida and the death toll increases, there are improving signs as we near the peak of the virus.

According to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, local hospitals are seeing a daily reduction in the number of patients being admitted and placed in intensive care.

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Businesses of all sizes are also feeling the impacts brought on by COVID-19, however, as many shops were forced to close after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

During ClickOrlando.com’s Financial Fight town hall Thursday night, Demings said it could be another two months before officials begin the tedious process of reopening closed businesses.

“I believe, given the models, it could be June -- early June -- where we see some relaxing of the restrictions in place. But they would have to stay in place to some degree through late summer,” Demings said.

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Demings said that while he understands the need to get people back to work, he doesn’t want to put anyone in danger.

When the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Demings said he wants to impanel a group to work alongside the state when the time comes to reopen businesses.

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