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Business open signSouth Florida businesses set to reopen May 18 need to develop and implement new policies in place to shield them from potential liability and costly COVID-19 lawsuits.

The advice comes as Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez pinpointed May 18 as the target reopening date under Phase 1 of the state’s guidelines for reopening, with Broward County also set to follow that date. Palm Beach County has already implemented Phase 1, having reopened Monday.

But attorneys note the reopening could be problematic for South Florida employers as Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties lead the state with the greatest number of deaths and confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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