DeSantis: Downtrend in Cases Could Lead to Phase 2 Reopening in Region

first_imgSince the governor ordered bars statewide to close again when a spike in cases occurred in July, it is still unknown when those businesses may reopen.Phase 2 also permits museums and libraries to operate normally, with the permission of their local government officials.Sports facilities would also allowed to reopen, and retail stores could go to 100 percent capacity, as long as they maintain social distancing measures.Gov. DeSantis did not elaborate any further on the region’s potentially imminent move to Phase 2. With the number of positive COVID-19 cases in South Florida on the decline, the region could start moving to phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan within a short time.That’s the word from the governor, who dropped the hints during a roundtable discussion on Wednesday.He is speaking with officials from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties about removing some of the restrictions that have remained in place here since the other 64 counties in the state moved to phase 2 earlier in the summer.However, DeSantis also cautioned, “I’m not saying I’m going to do it today or we’re gonna do it tomorrow. … [But] these are sustained trends at this point and I think that that’s a good thing.”Phase 2 allows restaurants to continue opening with 50 percent of their indoor capacity, while allowing for full seating outdoors, with social distancing in place. At that point, restaurants would also be able to use their bar-top seating.WATCH LIVE: #COVID19 mental health roundtable at @AdventHealth.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 19, 2020last_img read more

Lorenzo Cain’s opt-out sends message to fellow stars: Don’t go down with MLB ship

first_imgPerennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, of course, nearly decided not to play this season ahead of the birth of his child. By suiting up for the Angels on Opening Day, he helped legitimize MLB’s 60-game plan. As other trendsetters such as Cain go the other direction, though, stars could join the evacuation of the campaign.A Friday report from MLB stated there had been 29 positive COVID-19 tests from the previous week, with the majority of those coming within Marlins ranks.Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly told the MLB Players Association he’s considering canceling the season if case counts keep trending in the wrong direction. The league’s top players could help make that choice for him. Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain is done with MLB in 2020 after news broke Saturday morning of further positive COVID-19 test results among the Cardinals organization hours before his team had been scheduled to face St. Louis.Cain announced he would opt-out of the season, becoming the best player to date to make that decision. His health, he reasonably decided, was of greater importance than a circus campaign that could be canceled entirely in the coming week. He’s far from the first player to walk away from baseball this year — Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz did the same Saturday — but his stature as a two-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner and key piece of a playoff contender makes his midseason choice another possible turning point in the season’s downward— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 1, 2020MORE: Marlins under fire for not following COVID-19 protocolslast_img read more