Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Sets Target Date for Florida to Relax Social Distancing Restrictions 

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has set target dates for every state as to when social distancing restrictions can be released. These estimates are based on assumptions that a certain level of testing, contract tracing, isolation of new cases, and limitation of public gatherings are maintained. The Institute has identified June 1 as the earliest date that Florida could end social distancing regulations and manage the rest of the pandemic through containment strategies.  

Today’s Re-Open Florida Task Force Meetings 

Governor DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force held four teleconference meetings today, with separate calls for the three industry working groups and executive committee. Agendas can be found here and audio recordings can be found here

Following Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Counties Begin to Reopen Outdoor Public Spaces on Limited Basis 

Sarasota County Commissioners voted to reopen local beaches for essential activities like fishing, biking, and surfing. Sarasota beaches will open on Monday, but beach parking lots remain closed. Pasco County will open some parks and nature trails for essential activities, though groups exceeding 10 individuals remain prohibited and restrooms remain closed. Englewood Beach and Port Charlotte beaches will open on Monday, though bathrooms will also remain closed. Charlotte County will reopen sports fields and dog parks this Friday.  

Manatee County Removes Curfew 

Manatee County Commissioners voted to rescind the local curfew. The vote was split 4-3 to remove the 11PM – 5AM curfew that had been in effect since April 3. Commissioners also approved $100,000 to be used for testing kits and PPE

USF and Tampa Bay Partnership Track Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Local Economy 

The University of South Florida and Tampa Bay Partnership have begun releasing a report on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the local economy. The first segment of their report covers employment-related issues, COVID-19 disease concerns, need for food and essential supplies, travel and hospitality industry demand, and impact on retail commerce. The data used in the report is from the Muma College of Business’ Center for Analytics and Creativity and will eventually be compared to other regions and states in a report that will be released biweekly by the Tampa Bay Partnership.  

Senate Approves Additional Funds for SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program 

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Senate approved more than $480 billion in COVID-19 relief funds, including $310 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The House is expected to approve the bill later this week.  

Updated Numbers   

There are now 28,309 cases throughout the state of Florida and 893 deaths. In Duval County, there are 925 cases and 17 deaths. In Hillsborough County, there are 982 cases and 20 deaths. In Orange County, there are 1,251 cases and 28 deaths. In Pasco County, there are 218 cases and 3 deaths. In Pinellas County, there are 638 cases and 19 deaths. In Polk County, there are 361 cases and 15 deaths. For updated data, visit:  




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