Governor Ron DeSantis announced more statewide reopenings as part of phase two of his SAFE. SMART. STEP. BY. STEP plan.
Starting on June 5th, bars, movie theaters, tattoo shops, and concert venues are allowed to reopen with restrictions.
Fox 4 spoke with two local business owners about finally getting back to business.
The owner of Amazing Tattoo Studio in Cape Coral, Bill Hannong has been forced to close his doors for well over 2 months.
“They’ve been difficult, but they’ve been difficult for everybody, not just the tattoo industry, ” said Hannong.
Part owner of Buddah Live music venue, Michael Tessmer says since the pandemic business has been cut in half.
“It put us to a complete stop, luckily we did have the food revenue but it wasn’t enough to support us, ” said Tessmer.
For this tattoo parlor, zero business meant zero income
“I’ve got people that rely on me to have the stores open so that they can put food on the tables for their families, ” said Bill Hannong
Governor DeSantis announced plans for phase two of reopening starting this Friday.
bars and pubs can reopen at 50% capacity
movie theaters, bowling alleys, concert venues, and other entertainment services can also reopen at 50% capacity
tanning salons, tattoo and massage parlors are allowed to open but only under guidance from the Florida department of health
These local business owners are thankful to open doors and to get back on their feet.
“We’ve had a great landlord that’s worked with us during this time we just look forward to this weekend and getting back to some normalcy, ” said Michael Tessmer.
Hannong says they are ready to go, and are already booked for the coming weeks
“We’ve already been taking consultations and getting bookings for when this does happen, ” said Bill Hannong.
Buddah Live is set for a full weekend ahead as they step into the next phase of reopening.
“With the bands that are just wanting to get out and play and the people that want to get out of their homes, we’re looking to be at a 100% capacity, ” said Michael Tessmer.
These steps in phase two of reopening do not yet apply to Miami, Broward and Palm Beach counties.