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Happening Friday: Bars, movie theaters, other entertainment venues to reopen

During Wednesday's news conference DeSantis announced that Florida will be moving into Phase 2 of the reopening process on Friday for 64 counties.

ORLANDO, Fla. — During Wednesday's news conference, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 64 of Florida's counties will move into Phase 2 of the reopening process. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are excluded from Phase 2 for now, Desantis said. 

This Phase 2 reopening process would begin Friday allowing for bars, movie theaters and other entertainment venues to reopen. Under Phase 2, bars can reopen with a 50% indoor capacity and full capacity outdoor seating with social distancing, bowling alleys and movie theaters can reopen with a 50% capacity.  

DeSantis also said restaurants, retail stores and gyms currently operating at 50% could go to full capacity while continuing to practice social distancing. 

“Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may seek approval to enter Phase 2 with a written request from the county mayor,” DeSantis said.

The news conference was held at Universal Studios Citywalk in Orlando, Florida. During the update from the NBC Sports Grill and Brew, DeSantis gave the latest coronavirus numbers. The news conference comes two days before Universal Orlando's planned reopening on Friday.

Attendance at the theme parks will be limited and guests should be aware of the times parks will be open during this restricted plan. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure will be operating from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, while Volcano Bay will be operating from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When guests return, there will be changes, including additional screening and sanitation along with more touchless experiences.

Guests and employees will be given temperature checks before coming on-site, and the parks will promote social distancing. Both will also require guests to wear masks. Guests who do not have a mask can purchase one at the park.

There will be limited capacity in lines and gift shops to help with that distancing. Signage will be placed across the park to assist guests in staying separated.

No children's play areas will be opened -- at least not at first. And, Universal Orlando says it will reduce or eliminate mist areas.

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