Phase 2 is Finally Coming to Palm Beach County, But Will It “Work?”

first_imgThe day that Palm Beach County residents, business owners and visitors have been waiting for is almost here…or is it?Although local officials received Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval on Thursday afternoon to move to phase 2 of the reopening plan next Tuesday, the plan will take quite a while to go into full effect.That’s because county commissioners developed and submitted a staggered phase 2 plan, due to concerns of triggering a spike or another outbreak in coronavirus cases if more businesses and services were allowed to resume operations at the same time.With that in mind, here’s the tentative schedule they developed, and which DeSantis subsequently approved:On Tuesday, Sept. 8, retail stores, as well as museums, libraries, personal services that are not already open may do so, and gyms and fitness centers may finally operate at full capacity.Restaurants will also be allowed to have full outdoor capacity while continuing indoor service. That includes being allowed to eat at the bar.Movie theaters can reopen at 50 percent of their total capacity, while playhouses can operate at 33 percentBowling alleys may open half of their lanes, with four players maximum allowed per lane. Meanwhile, escape rooms will also be allowed to reopen, but cannot host mixed player games. Instead they would only operate for private parties at different timesIn addition, venues such as trampoline centers and other indoor entertainment activities can occur at 50 percent of their capacityEven though local officials had wanted to delay the opening of school campuses, County Mayor Dave Kerner says DeSantis is requesting a Sept. 14 reopening of brick-and-mortar learning, but is also considering a request from Kerner to put that off by a week.This morning, Mayor Kerner met with Fl Governor Ron DeSantis & delivered letter requesting to move PBC to Phase 2.PBC sent letter & County’s Incremental Phase 2 Re-opening Plan to the Governor late Wednesday requesting PBC be moved to Phase 2. https://t.co/rgtcVE5YmF pic.twitter.com/BIxY59LdKP— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) September 3, 2020The next part of phase 2 is set to start Monday, Oct. 19.It will include the reopening of auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, and concert houses at half capacity.The third and final portion of phase could come two weeks after that, on Monday. Nov. 2.At that point, movie theaters may expand to 75 percent capacity and playhouses to 66 capacity.Additionally, bowling alleys will be allowed to use all of their lanes.Escape rooms, however, would continue to operate with the restrictions of not having mixed player games and only hosting private events.On the other hand, indoor entertainment venues will be able to use 75 percent of their capacity, with groups of no more than 15 people.“Today, we’re moving Palm Beach into Phase Two, and they’ve done very, very well,” DeSantis said in making the announcement.He went on to say, That’s been really strong momentum and we believe it’s gonna continue.”It’s safe to say that state and local officials are certainly optimistic about the plan.Still, time will tell whether going into phase 2 incrementally will help the local economy bounce back, or if it will do more harm if many businesses still cannot operate normally for months and customers aren’t there.last_img read more

Dodgers put Adrian Gonzalez on DL (back), activate Joc Pederson

first_img“It’s not something where right now we know that surgery is needed,” Roberts said. “A lot of it is just wear and tear from his workload over the years. So now with potential rest or an (epidural) injection, it’s managing it per his tolerance.”Gonzalez received an epidural injection early in the 2016 season and got a good deal of relief from it. He has not received one this year, according to Roberts.There is no timetable for Gonzalez’s return at this point.“I think right now we’re just going to wait for that second opinion and figure out what’s best for Adrian,” Roberts said. “Can I see it happening (before the All-Star break)? Yes. Is it probable? I don’t want to put Adrian or us in a corner. I’m hopeful.”The Dodgers already brought Gonzalez back faster than planned once. In early May, the 35-year-old Gonzalez went on the DL with a combination of issues — elbow tendinitis that began in the spring and discomfort in his back and neck that followed. He returned earlier than anticipated when outfielder Andrew Toles was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CLEVELAND >> Adrian Gonzalez went nearly 14 years before going on the disabled list for the first time in his major-league career. He took less than four weeks to go back.The Dodgers placed their veteran first baseman on the DL on Tuesday with lower back discomfort. Gonzalez has been dealing with a herniated disc for some years and the issue flared up again Sunday. He was removed from the game against the Cincinnati Reds and underwent an MRI on Monday.The MRI examined by Dr. Robert Watkins showed the same herniated disc in Gonzalez’s lower back that he has been dealing with since his days with the San Diego Padres. Gonzalez did not travel to Cleveland with the team and was scheduled to get a second opinion from a doctor in San Diego on Tuesday before a recovery plan is put in place.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Gonzalez had “a bit of an exhale” after the MRI did not uncover a new issue or something potentially more serious.center_img In 20 games since returning, Gonzalez showed some improvement at the plate, batting .254 with six doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. But he is still on pace for career-worst numbers offensively with just that one home run in 182 plate appearances and a .643 OPS.Pederson planGonzalez’s second DL trip changed the Dodgers’ plan for outfielder Joc Pederson. He had been expected to spend as much as a week on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City – as much to complete his recovery from a concussion and neck injury suffered in an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig on May 23 as to have him work on the problems that led to a .200 average and only two home runs in his first 35 games this season. But he was activated from the DL to replace Gonzalez on the active roster.“I talk about being able to adjust in this game. It calls for that,” Roberts said. “Joc, physically, feels fine. Ideally, I would have liked for him to stay there and get more at-bats. But circumstances called for him to be here.”In three rehab games over the weekend with Oklahoma City, Pederson hit two home runs while going 3 for 9 with four RBI and said it was “extremely helpful” to have time to work with OKC hitting coach Shawn Wooten.“It was a good place to be – see some pitching, get some at-bats, get some innings in the field and get some work in,” Pederson said of his brief rehab assignment. “I feel like I’m in a good spot.”With Gonzalez out and Pederson back, Roberts said Chris Taylor will become the primary left fielder with Cody Bellinger moving back to first base.AlsoThe draft resumed with the third through 10th rounds Tuesday. The Dodgers continued to load up on college talent, taking catcher Connor Wong from the University of Houston in the third round and four college pitchers after that – Riley Ottesen (Utah), Wills Montgomerie (Connecticut), Zach Pop (Kentucky) and Connor Strain (Evansville) – as well as outfielder Zach Reks of Kentucky.Tuesday’s game in Cleveland began a stretch of 20 consecutive days before the Dodgers’ last off day before the All-Star break. They will play on 26 of 27 days before the break. Roberts said right-hander Kenta Maeda (bumped from the starting rotation last week) could make a spot start during this stretch to give the other starters an extra day off and to keep Maeda’s pitch count built up. “But most of all, he has to pitch well,” Roberts said.last_img read more