But the freedom of newly discovered Europeans was limited because officials feared it would trigger a second wave of infections. In Italy, mourners can attend funerals, but services are limited to 15 people. The restaurant scrubbed the floor in preparation for take-out service, but the service sat a few more weeks.
In Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis said restaurants and retail stores can open at 25% capacity starting Monday, some business owners aren’t sure how to look at things.
Tony Loeffler, owner of Atlas Body and Home, a men’s clothing and lifestyle store in downtown St. Petersburg, said he was very worried and excited.
“We feel we have to do this, even though we feel a little conflicted,” he said. “But we practice all of the CDC common sense and requirements so I feel that in the end we are safe. But it is very difficult to know how other people are, how seriously they respond to it.”
The California state assembly also resumed its legislative session on Monday, although the Senate did not bring members back until May 11.
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said members must be at the Capitol to participate in committee hearings and meeting sessions, based on legal advice that votes taken remotely “are likely to be challenged in court and banished.”
He said anyone who did not feel comfortable coming “was encouraged to remain at home. We certainly did not force anyone to come to work.”
Often, it is not clear what will be reopened.
The giant downtown in the Cobb mall, on the outskirts of Kennesaw, Atlanta, reopened Monday, but many stores remained closed, with dark interiors and locked gates at Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, and other stores.
A one-way labyrinth passes through the dining area, marked with signs and blue electrical tape stuck to the floor. But the policy is not consistent. The four workers at the Chick-fil-A counter wear masks, and customers stand on black X about 6 feet apart while they wait to order. Next to the American Deli, workers Monday morning were not wearing masks and there were no signs for customers to separate, although in the afternoon some employees wore masks.
In the restroom a sign said only six people were allowed in, and social distance was imposed in the men’s room with a red electric tape covering each other urinal.
In Early County, Georgia, which has one of the highest death rates for COVID-19 in the US, a hospital official said he worried that Georgia had been so aggressive in reopening business.
I am very concerned, “said Ginger Cushing from LifeBrite Community Hospital, noting that over the weekend” it returned to normal just by looking at the number of cars on the road and the people at the food place. They still stand outside and maintain social distance, but this is much busier. “
Meanwhile, the city of Miami Beach closed South Pointe Park by the beach after too many people refused to wear face masks or keep social distance during the weekend.
Cruise Line Carnival, Meanwhile, witnessing a series of well-known outbreaks on his ships, Monday announced it would start another voyage in August, departing from Florida and Texas. The Caribbean trip will be the first for the company since the pandemic forced a total break in the global shipping industry.
Sullivan reports from Minneapolis. Associated Press reporters around the world contributed to this report.