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Gov, DeSantis closes bars, nightclubs for 30 days

By Staff | Mar 17, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an order to close bars and nightclubs for 30 days beginning March 17 as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Bars that serve food are exempt. The order does not pertain to restaurants with bars, only bars and nightclubs which strictly serve drinks.

Restaurants are also being ordered to serve only at half capacity in order to keep diners away from each other.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing and providing further guidance.

DeSantis is directing parties accessing public beaches in the state of Florida to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance by limiting their gatherings to no more than 10 persons.

Restaurant seating must be staggered and limited to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least six feet, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Restaurants are encouraged to remain open and expand take-out and delivery services, according to a statement issued by DeSantis.

Melissa Schneider, marketing director of the Lani Kai Island Resort, said the order will affect the resort’s ground-level bars and nightclubs. The resort’s four restaurants will cut back on capacity but will still be able to serve drinks and food.

“It will significantly affect beach business,” Schneider said.