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DeSantis made the announcement from The Birchwood, a St. Pete hotel which includes a restaurant and popular rooftop bar.
The governor hinted at ending the capacity restriction on Thursday, saying while he understands there is a chance of a spread of the coronavirus,“we can’t have these businesses dying.”
“I don’t think that the closure of restaurants has been particularly effective,” DeSantis said Thursday in the Capitol. “They’re not going to be able to be closed by locals anymore, and they’ll be able to operate at the capacity that they’re comfortable with.”
Earlier this month, DeSantis allowed bars to reopen. They were shut down after Phase 2 of reopening after a spike in COVID-19 cases statewide, with many tracing back to residents visiting bars.
“It’s time that we take this step, and it’s vital that we start moving forward with this sector of our hospitality industry who have endured one of the toughest paths for sustaining a business during this pandemic,” Halsey Beshears, secretary of the DBPR, said.
Florida, once considered the epicenter of the pandemic, has seen decreasing numbers since hitting a peak in the summer. The Florida Department of Health has not reported over 10,000 cases daily since July. The average number of cases per day in the last couple of weeks has been around 2,700.
Florida added 2,847 confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, pushing the statewide total since March 1 to 695,887. The state also announced 120 new virus deaths, pushing its total to 14,038. Hospitalizations declined by 34 to 2,137 people.
The original plan for Phase 3 allowed for the following changes:
Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition can resume public interactions, but should practice social distancing.
Non-vulnerable populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
Non-essential travel may continue.
Employees should resume unrestricted staffing of worksites and implement the final phasing in of employees returning to work.
Employees should resume non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.
Local government meetings should return to in-person quorum and public participation for local government bodies.
Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices.
Restaurants and food service establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices.
Gyms and fitness centers should open to full capacity but should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation.
State parks should be fully opened, including overnight accommodations. Beaches should remain fully open.
Large venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, and bowling alleys should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols.
Large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.
Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.
Salons, barbershops and nail salons, should operate under full capacity but should consider removing all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines and newspapers, and maintain sanitation standards.
Retail businesses should operate at full capacity.
DeSantis did not specify if all businesses are operating at 100% capacity during Phase 3 during his Friday news conference. FOX 35 is working to get confirmation on any changes to his plan.
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Orlando’s airport was barely able to cling to its international status during the depths of the pandemic’s worldwide hit on air travel in the spring, but the region’s nonstop links to foreign cities are tiptoeing back to life.
Copa Airlines of Panama, one of the earliest foreign carriers to establish service to Orlando 20 years ago, has resumed flights this month. Emerging from a prolonged shutdown, the airline will ramp up from one to four flights a week to Orlando in September and to as many as twice daily later this year. The airline specializes in servicing the Americas with the vast majority of its connections through its home base of Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.
“There is a lot of uncertainty as we are building back and we are learning day by day and week by week,” said Dennis Cary, Copa’s senior vice president for commercial and planning. “The occupancy of our flights, maybe not what we were used to pre-pandemic but certainly better than we had feared.”
Another milestone unfolding for Orlando International Airport is the lifting this week of federal restrictions that had required flights from the more than two-dozen nations of Europe’s open-border Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Brazil to land at one of 15 “funnel” airports in the U.S, a group that did not include Orlando International Airport.
Underscoring the economic stress of being blocked from international flights, airport and regional leaders this summer urged the Department of Homeland Security to add Orlando to the list of 15 airports.
“This will serve as a much-needed economic boost to the job market in Central Florida,” the leaders stated in a letter to the department signed by airport director Phil Brown.
Orlando’s “largest international airline – Virgin Atlantic, along with Lufthansa, British Airways, and Aer Lingus among others are anxious to restart their MCO flight operations,” states the airport letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control announced that the U.S. government would “remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports.”
The CDC said it was broadening disease-control measures at other airports.
Orlando airport officials said that even though the incoming international flights are no longer restricted to the 15 airports, it’s still up to the U.S. and foreign governments to lift their various travel bans before international travel develops much momentum.
“This is a moving target as far as when countries close and countries open and who is open and who is not,” said Vicki Jaramillo, senior director of marketing and air-service development at Orlando’s airport.
Jaramillo pointed out that while Copa is steadily bringing back flights, the nations of Panama, Costa Rica and Chile are still closed to U.S. citizens and other foreigners. But the largest portion of Copa customers are not from the U.S.
Prior to the pandemic, about a third of passengers on Copa’s Orlando-Panama City flight originated from Orlando.
Of the other two-thirds, about 20 percent came from Brazil, 20 percent from Panama, 10 to 12 percent from Colombia, 8 to 10 percent from Peru and 6 percent from Ecuador, according to Copa.
Many airlines are continuing to further push back their expected restarts of international service, including Florida-based Spirit, which is seeking to return to Latin America destinations, and British Airlines, which is pressing to land in U.S cities, Jaramillo said.
Overall, Orlando International Airport’s daily volume of international service in February before the pandemic struck was between more than 6,000 and nearly 12,000 passengers, and between 50 and 70 flights.
By April, the daily volume had plunged to as few as no flights or a single flight with no passengers.
The airport remained international through the summer by virtue of a combined 22 flights in June via Aeromexico, Volaris and JetBlue to Mexico, and via JetBlue to Jamaica.
In July, according to the airport’s most recent monthly reporting, domestic air traffic was down by 70 percent over July last year and international traffic down by 98.2 percent over the same month last year.
With about 140 flights each month into Orlando before the pandemic, Copa’s service between Orlando and Panama City has been the busiest of any foreign route at Orlando International Airport.
The next busiest was Air Canada’s service to Toronto, which fluctuated at about 100 flights into Orlando each month.
“We were grounded during the pandemic from March through the beginning of August other than a few hundred humanitarian flights,” said Cary, Copa’s senior vice president.
Copa flew to 80 cities in 33 countries of the Americas pre-pandemic. The airline plans to resume more than half of that service by late this year.
In 2000, Copa began service to Orlando; Los Angeles; Cancún, Mexico; and São Paulo, Brazil. At that time Orlando International Airport was struggling to build its offering of nonstop flights to other countries.
Prior to 2000, British Airways, Bahamasair, Virgin Atlantic, AeroMexico, Air Canada were flying to Orlando.
By the start of this year, the number of foreign airlines serving Orlando had multiplied to more than 20,including Aer Lingus, Avianca, Lufthansa, Emirates and Norwegian.
Low-fare U.S. airlines with a high volume of stops in Orlando also have been growing international networks, including Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit and Frontier.
Copa began flying to New York and Miami last month and is expanding to Los Angeles along with Orlando this month. The airline plans to resume service to eight U.S. cities by November and 12 by early next year.
Cary said industry analysts expect that a return to normal will be years away.
“At the low end, people are talking about three years and at the high end five,” Cary said. “In terms of how we are planning our business, that is probably the time frame we are thinking about.”
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the United States Government (USG) is innovating and taking a new approach to help keep international air passengers healthy. The new, more effective strategy focuses on the continuum of travel and the individual passenger, including pre-departure and post-arrival education, efforts to develop a potential testing framework with international partners, and illness response. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more effectively protects the health of the American public.
Beginning September 14, 2020, the USG will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health screening for these passengers. Currently, enhanced entry health screening is conducted for those arriving from, or with recent presence in, China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, the Schengen region of Europe, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), Ireland, and Brazil.
We now have a better understanding of COVID-19 transmission that indicates symptom-based screening has limited effectiveness because people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms or fever at the time of screening, or only mild symptoms. Transmission of the virus may occur from passengers who have no symptoms or who have not yet developed symptoms of infection. Therefore, CDC is shifting its strategy and prioritizing other public health measures to reduce the risk of travel-related disease transmission.
USG resources will instead be dedicated to more effective mitigation efforts that focus on the individual passenger, including: pre-departure, in-flight, and post-arrival health education for passengers; robust illness response at airports; voluntary collection of contact information from passengers using electronic means as proposed by some airlines to avoid long lines, crowding and delays associated with manual data collection; potential testing to reduce the risk of travel-related transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and movement of the virus from one location to another; country-specific risk assessments to assist passengers in making informed decisions about travel-related risk; enhancing training and education of partners in the transportation sector and at United States ports of entry to ensure recognition of illness and immediate notification to CDC; and post-arrival passenger recommendations for self-monitoring and precautions to protect others, with enhanced precautions, including staying home to the extent possible for 14 days for people arriving from high-risk destinations.
By refocusing our mitigation efforts on individual passenger risk throughout the air travel journey, the USG can most effectively protect the health of the American public.
CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.
OBS: Original Text from Federal US Embassy and Consulates.