DeSantis says sports, exercise are priorities for reopening

Gov. DeSantis responds to WWE being deemed an ‘essential business.’
Gov. DeSantis responds to WWE being deemed an ‘essential business.’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to announce a task force this week that will look at how to reopen Florida when the coronavirus pandemic slows.

“They’re going to look at all different sectors of the economy. You know, what does a restaurant look like, kind of, in the era going forward?” DeSantis said.

Concerned about Floridians’ mental health, the DeSantis hopes restarting certain professional sporting events may give people a sense of normalcy.

"I’d like to see, you know, Woods and Mickelson do the golf or whatever because that’s social distance. You wouldn’t have a gallery there, you wouldn’t have crowds, but to put that on TV. I think people have been starved for content,” DeSantis said.

The state is allowing WWE to broadcast from Orlando and made a similar offer to the UFC. There are also reportedly discussions in the works to potentially proceed with the MLB’s Spring training in Florida.

Melanie Brown-Woofter with the Florida Behavioral Health Association said it could help as long as the right public health measures are in place.

“Being able to keep to your normal routine is really important, especially in times like these,” said Brown-Woofter. “We just have to be able to balance those activities that we did prior to the social distancing and the physical distancing with where we are now.”

But DeSantis is also worried about Floridian’s physical health, suggesting gyms and other recreation may be beneficial.

“Obesity is like the No. 1 factor in whether you really get hit hard by COVID-19 and so my fear has been kind of in the last month and continues going I wonder how the physical activity has been,” DeSantis said.

At the same time, the governor is discussing loosening restrictions, the state’s surgeon general has said he believes social distancing measures will be necessary until there’s a vaccine, which is likely at least a year away.

For those struggling with mental health issues during the pandemic, you can visit FloridaBHA.org or HopeForHealingFL.com to find resources.