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TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 03: Rocky the South Florida Bulls mascot reacts to the crowd during the second quarter against the Tulane Green Wave at Raymond James Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Employees at University of South Florida put together a draft (of their plans to re-open) for the school’s Board of Trustees yesterday and it has been approved.

It’s a four-phase plan. In phase one, twenty-five percent of the staff would return to campus.

USF President Steven Currall said, “We’ve thought a lot about how to mitigate risk, how to maximize the health of our community, and also about feasibility, and so we think this is a good plan.”

Included in the plan are mandates for wearing masks in shared spaces, like classrooms, labs and offices, but that mandate will not be enforced in residence hall rooms.

Additionally, the USF football team said they’ve made plans to resume on-campus workouts (in a safe and limited fashion).

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Some Florida businesses are reopening as the number of COVID-19 cases begin to go down. Many have limited hours and capacity so it’s a good idea to call ahead.