Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club will partially reopen this weekend after shutting down for 57 days – but members are warned social distancing will be enforced in the pool and Jacuzzi
- Mar-a-Lago resort will reopen its Beach Club restaurant for lunch on Saturday
- The Palm Beach club was forced to shut in March in the wake of the pandemic
- Email sent to members said social distancing will be enforced in pool and jacuzzi
- ‘Do not congregate’, the email warned on Thursday
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President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club will partially reopen on Saturday after it was forced to shut down in March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Palm Beach resort has been closed for 57 days after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order shutting all restaurants and gyms in the state.
In an email obtained by the Washington Post on Thursday, the club informed its members it will open its Beach Club restaurant for lunch service this weekend – under strict conditions.
Members were warned social distancing will be enforced at the venue, which includes an outdoor patio area with a pool and Jacuzzi.
Mar-a-Lago will partially reopen this weekend after closing for 57 days due to coronavirus lockdown measures
All other areas of Mar-A-Lago, including the main building and the president’s residence, will remain closed. President Donald Trump pictured above on Thursday
Tables and lounge chairs will be placed six feet apart and guests will be required to bring their own towels, according to the Post.
‘[S]ocial distancing will be enforced on both the pool deck and in the pool/Jacuzzi,’ the email states.
‘Do not congregate.’
All other areas of the club, including the main building and the president’s residence, will remain closed.
Social media users, including Post reporter David Fahrenthold were quick to question how the club will ensure guests will maintain a safe distance in a Jacuzzi.
‘I don’t know how they’re enforcing #3, but — since this is Florida — I’m hoping it involves an alligator,’ he quipped on Twitter.
‘Here public pools are closed because they’re such an obvious possible source of contagion, but Florida I guess,’ another replied.
Most states began gradually lifting their lockdown restrictions this month – even though some have continued to see increases in daily infections and hospitalizations – as governors are eager to restart their economies that were crippled by sweeping closures
Florida Gov Ron DeSantis tore into other governors who have ordered ‘draconian’ lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday
The move comes after Governor DeSantis rolled back even more restrictions across the state this week , as part of his three-step reopening plan.
The governor began the first stage on May 4, allowing restaurants, libraries and museums to open so long as they limit capacity to 25 percent.
Some beaches were also allowed to reopen, while those in the Miami area remain closed.
On May 8, DeSantis he lifted more restrictions, allowing barber shops and salons in parts of the state – excluding southern Florida – to welcome customers beginning this past Monday.
And on Thursday, the governor announced that he had signed off on plans for Miami-Dade and Broward counties to reopen restaurants and other businesses deemed non-essential.
‘Miami-Dade and Broward have both submitted plans that I’ve approved,’ DeSantis said at a press conference in Doral. ‘Today we take another important step for a very important part of the state of Florida.’
DeSantis has yet to set a date for Phase 2 of the reopening plan, which will see allow retail businesses, gyms, personal service businesses and restaurants to operate at 75 percent capacity and bars at 50 percent capacity.
Phase 3 allows for businesses to operate at full capacity but requires strict sanitation practices.
DeSantis has faced criticism for reopening beaches as photos emerged of thousands of people clearly ignoring social distancing guidelines as they took to the sand to enjoy sunny weather.
The governor defended his decision in Thursday’s interview by noting that studies have shown that COVID-19 is ‘highly transmissible’ in enclosed environments, but less so in open air.