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Jacksonville Mayor Curry: Fourth of July celebration being expanded to include multiple fireworks shows around the city

Mayor Curry said in order to comply with social distancing standards there will be no central fireworks display but instead will be multiple shows around the city.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that instead of having one central Fourth of July fireworks celebration, there will be multiple fireworks shows put on throughout the city.

Curry said that by having many different fireworks shows throughout the city it will make it possible for people to practice social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The city has not yet decided where each of those smaller firework displays will be held throughout the city, but the information will be released as soon as it is decided.

Also during the news conference, Curry spoke about the city's transition into Phase Two on Friday as detailed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The Phase 2 reopening process will begin Friday in Florida allowing for bars, movie theaters and other entertainment venues to reopen at 50% capacity.

During Wednesday's news conference, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 64 of Florida's counties will move into Phase 2 of the reopening process. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are excluded from Phase 2 for now, Desantis said. 

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This Phase 2 reopening process will begin Friday in Florida allowing for bars, movie theaters and other entertainment venues to reopen. Under Phase 2, bars can reopen with a 50% indoor capacity and full capacity outdoor seating with social distancing, bowling alleys and movie theaters can reopen with a 50% capacity.  

DeSantis also said restaurants, retail stores and gyms currently operating at 50% could go to full capacity while continuing to practice social distancing. 

“Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may seek approval to enter Phase 2 with a written request from the county mayor,” DeSantis said.

Mayor Lenny Curry and City leaders briefed and answered questions fr... om the media on Thursday afternoon. 4th of July Fireworks: There will be a celebration downtown, as well as in other locations around Jacksonville so that citizens can safely watch-socially distanced-from their own communities.

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