Florida restaurants can now operate with no restrictions, governor says

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask works on his laptop inside a coffee shop as Miami-Dade county allows indoor servicing in restaurants after easing some lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Miami, Florida, U.S., August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Bello

(Reuters) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lifted COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants as he announced the state would enter Phase 3 of reopening on Friday.

“I think that this will be very very important to the industry and it also will be a recognition that they have worked as hard as anybody to create safe environments,” DeSantis told a news conference. “In fact, the idea that government dictating this is better than them making these decisions so that their customers have confidence I think is misplaced.”

(Reporting by Maria Caspani, Editing by Diane Craft)

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