Florida's 2 biggest counties preparing to reopen

Virus Outbreak Florida Reopens
Posted at 9:05 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 21:05:01-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's two largest and hardest-ht counties are making plans to reopen from the coronavirus economic shutdown.

Miami-Dade and Broward counties are hoping to begin reopening Monday, joining the rest of the counties that began last week.

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The current Miami-Dade and Broward plan would mirror the rest of the state. Restaurants and retailers would have to keep crowds to 25% of capacity. Schools and youth activities, theaters and sports venues would remain closed. Nursing home and hospital visitations would still be prohibited.

Florida has had nearly 42,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,779 confirmed deaths from the disease since the first cases were reported in early March.