Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida was moving into Phase 3 reopening on Friday, lifting all restrictions for restaurants and bars.
Miami-Dade County will reopen bars and nightclubs and will stop issuing citations for not wearing masks outdoors after a sweeping order Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis ended state and some local rules tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
The order also requires local governments to justify any COVID-19 related restrictions on restaurants and bars. Phase 3 also allows for fitness, recreational and personal care businesses to operate at full capacity, removing restrictions set in earlier phases. Florida has been hit hard by the pandemic, with more than 690,000 testing positive and 13,900 dying from the virus.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis asked her office to look into Bloomberg's fundraising plan.
Florida's attorney general asked state and federal law enforcement on Wednesday to investigate possible election law violations after billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg helped raise more than $16 million for Florida felons to pay their debts so they can vote in the presidential election. Attorney General Ashley Moody sent letters to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI saying that further investigation is warranted. Gov. Ron DeSantis had asked Moody to review allegations that Bloomberg and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition had violated the law by offering incentives for voting.