By Brooke Shafer

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Broward County Commissioners took part in a special virtual meeting to discuss the county’s phased reopening.

County Administrator Bertha Henry outlined a plan for commissioners that would allow retail stores, salons, and restaurants to all open at 25 percent on Monday, May 18th.

A proposal for hotels is still in the works. Broward’s beaches would remain closed.

Any plan approved by the commission would need Governor Ron DeSantis’ approval.

A part of the proposal calls for the continuation of wearing masks in public and social distancing.

Commissioner Mark Bogen warned his fellow county leaders that if residents and visitors didn’t follow the rules, they could see spikes in the number of cases because the virus is still out there as much as it was two months ago.

Henry warned people can’t ignore safety precautions or they’ll be forced to roll back the openings. She said every resident has a role in this becoming successful.

As far as cities go, Henry said they could be more restrictive than the county, but not more liberal.

Broward County Mayor Dale Holness has said recently the mayors of cities across Broward are in agreement that reopening alongside Miami-Dade County next Monday makes the most sense. He said the county has adequate testing abilities, a drop in COVID-19 cases, and plenty of hospital capacity.

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