DeSantis Announces Temporary Limits on FL Bars, Restaurants to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Date: March 18, 2020

Gov. Rick DeSantis has announced emergency measures intended to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in Florida, Effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday:

   • Any business that makes over half it’s revenue from alcohol sales can no longer sell drinks.

   • Bars selling food are permitted to stay open and only sell food during this period. 

   • Restaurants should only allow 50% capacity at a time, and customers should be seated at least 6 feet apart. 

The orders will remain in effect for at least the next 30 days. 

NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle says it’s possible local governments might go further in their restrictions to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in their communities.


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