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Seminole County reopen plans are similar to DeSantis’ plan

‘If there is going to be an uptick we are going to be on it very quickly,’ Chairman Zembower said.

Seminole County: Social distancing is working to flatten curve in coronavirus cases
Seminole County: Social distancing is working to flatten curve in coronavirus cases

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – The plans from Seminole County leaders to reopen the county are very similar to the plans from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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"We are bound to do whatever the Governor hands down,” Chairman of the Seminole County Commissioners Jay Zembower said.

The reopen plans will start on May 4.

Seminole County posted a list of rules businesses will have to follow in this first phase, which fall in line with the county’s new executive order on social distancing.

The rules require masks in situations where employees and customers cannot be six feet away from each other.

Starting on Monday elective surgeries will be able to resume at hospitals.

Restaurants will be able to let customers dine in as long social distancing is followed and the facility is only at 25% capacity.

Retail stores will be able to open with 25% at indoor capacity. Bars, gyms barber shops, hair salons, and nail salons will not open in the first phase.

Business meetings, workshops and training programs must be limited to 10 people, according to the county.

Zembower said county leaders are going to do their best to help those out of work.

“We will continue to look to the federal government and state government for any grants,” he said.

He recognized the rise in unemployment will have an impact on the county.

“Seminole County is going to make cuts as necessary as we get in this economic downturn,” he said.

Chairman Zembower said the county can make changes to the latest update at any moment if positive COVID-19 cases rise in Seminole County.

“If there is going to be an uptick we are going to be on it very quickly,” he said.

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In Seminole County, there are 373 known cases of coronavirus. According to the Florida Department of Health, there have been 8 virus-related deaths and 81 people hospitalized due to complications with COVID-19.

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