• Florida’s health department recorded 3,266 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a massive jump from 738 new daily cases it recorded on Monday.
  • Florida’s cases had been declining, but Tuesday marked the highest single-day total since September 19, bringing the state’s total count to 704,568.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and small businesses at the end of last week.
  • Reports showed large crowds gathering throughout the state over the weekend.
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Health officials in Florida reported 3,266 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, up from the previous day’s new case tally of 738, bringing the state’s total case count to 704,568.

Officials also reported 106 new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 14,313 since March.

Despite being a coronavirus hotspot for most of the summer, Florida had seen a decline in cases during most of September and hadn’t seen more than 3,000 cases

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  • Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced that all restaurants and small businesses statewide can reopen and operate at full capacity. 
  • DeSantis has championed opening businesses in the state as a move to restrengthen the Florida economy,  but the decision comes as the number of confirmed cases in the state continues to rise.
  • “We’re not closing anything going forward,” DeSantis said Friday at a news briefing.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered on Friday the total reopening of all restaurants and businesses, a decision that’s been met with backlash as the coronavirus continues to spread statewide.

All restaurants and small businesses in the state can operate at full capacity from this point onward, according to the order.

The governor’s order also ensures that local officials are unable to direct restaurants and businesses to close or operate at less than half-capacity without specifying a reason.


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