Ron DeSantis, Halsey Beshears Let Bars Fully Reopen

At the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, on Thursday, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Sec. Halsey Beshears issued an emergency order which rescinds a previous DBPR Amended Emergency Order effective on Monday.

Under the new DBPR Emergency Order, bars and other alcoholic beverage vendors may resume sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on Monday, provided that their operations comply with the parameters of Phase 2 of the “Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.”

Beginning Monday, these vendors may operate at fifty percent of the facility’s indoor capacity, allow bar service to seated patrons, and permit outdoor seating and service with appropriate social distancing.

“In meetings with hundreds of owners of bars and breweries across the state, I’ve heard their stories of struggle, and I’ve observed their serious commitment to making health and safety a continuing priority in their businesses,” said Beshears. “It’s time that we take this step, and it’s vital that we start moving forward with this sector of our hospitality industry who have endured one of the toughest paths for sustaining a business during this pandemic.”

 

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