Florida has entered a new stage of reopening. It’s not Phase Two yet … more like Phase 1.1.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Big changes are ahead for restaurants, retail shops, gyms and sports facilities. But theaters and movies are still closed (unless they are the drive-in type). Gov. Ron DeSantis offers details.
— The latest count from the state health department shows 45,588 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida and 2,049; 883 of those who died were residents or staffers at nursing homes or adult living facilities.
— DeSantis continues to face questions about the failure of the state’s unemployment compensation system; it appears to be getting on his nerves. After announcing plans for the next stage of the reopening, the Governor seemed annoyed at reporters who wanted to ask about unemployment.
— DeSantis also tried to take some of the heat off his administration for the failure of the unemployment system — by blaming the people who applied and had their claims rejected.
— Now that Floridians are getting back to work, Senate Democrats say the legislature should join them. Sen. Gary Farmer is calling on the Governor to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol for a Special Session to fix the unemployment system, expand health care coverage during the pandemic and make it easier for people to vote by mail later this year.
— Sunrise hears from Farmer, the Gov., Sens. Perry Thurston and Jason Pizzo to take another deep dive into Florida’s unemployment fiasco.
— Florida faces the first tropical storm of the new hurricane season … before the official June 1 start. Tropical Storm Arthur started off the coast of Cape Canaveral and is heading away from us.
— New polling from Florida Atlantic University shows Joe Biden has a 6-point lead over Donald Trump in the Sunshine State.
— And latest from Florida Man: the aquatic version.