Florida's Re-Open Task Force prepares as some businesses plan to re-open in the coming days

Posted at 10:48 PM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 22:48:19-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Recently there have been mixed emotions surrounding re-opening beaches, restaurants, and other businesses across Florida.

Georgia’s governor has reopened salons, gyms, and more. Dr Fauci even expressing concern about Governor Kemp’s decision.

“I know there is that desire to move ahead quickly that’s a natural human nature desire, but going ahead and leapfrogging into phases where you should not be, I would advise him as a physician and a health official not to do that”, said Dr. Fauci.

On the other hand, Florida's Re-open Task Force says they want to hear from you. On their public comment submission page, where you can share your thoughts on re-opening the sunshine state.

Syd Kitson an Executive Member with the Florida Re-Open Task Force says, if we’re going to do this, let’s be cautious.

“If we go back to work and all of a sudden, the incidences of hospitalizations, start to go up and we have more deaths that start to be recorded all of this could be for not,” said, Sid Kitson.

One hair salon owner in Fort Myers says, she is reopening May 1st, but she is nervous.

“I’m reopening for my clients, I know that I’ve had some clients that I see every two weeks, I haven’t seen them in a month. People need services, but if it was up to me I would stay closed a little bit longer”, said LaToya Turner, Ascension Hair Care Salon Owner.

Adding financially she’s been stable, but has run into problems with Florida’s unemployment system.

“ I tried to file myself because self-employed people were able to file, and I haven’t heard nothing of my application. So I know people not being able to get assistance, the PPP loans, and the other loan, they ran out of money. So a lot of people have no income right now I understand completely”, said Turner.

Right now, her main focus is that everyone is safe.

“So we can keep the numbers going down, so we don’t get another uptick in the amount of cases that we have” said Turner.

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