By Jill Fox

As Palm Beach County begins to reopen, it’s giving residents hope that Broward will soon be on its way.

On Monday, May 11, the first South Florida county moved to Phase 1 of recovery after an Executive Order from the Governor.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 11, Governor Ron DeSantis declared the Executive Order which stated, “persons in Florida may provide or obtain services at establishments including, barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.”

Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said it looks like the county is zeroing in with the governor’s modified Phase 1 opening on May 18, since Broward County has increased testing and is poised to meet the “robust testing” criteria.

Palm Beach County leadership requested that the county proceeds to Phase 1 after data showed a downward trend of influenza-like illness and COVID-like illness, and a low percentage of new individuals were testing positive for Coronavirus.

Hunschofsky said, “We should know more in the next day or so.”

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