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Bars to reopen Monday

By Staff | Sep 11, 2020

Bars will be allowed to reopen throughout Florida beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday at 50% capacity following the lifting of an emergency order by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears, following a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis and restaurateurs from the region on Thursday in Fort Myers.

According to Patrick Fargason, deputy communications director for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the order allows bars to serve alcohol to seated patrons.

The move to rescind the emergency order shutting down bars in June after a brief reopening was announced hours after a Fort Myers roundtable at Connors Steak and Seafood where DeSantis met restaurant owners such as Jay Johnson of Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon in Cape Coral and World of Beer CEO Paul Avery.

DeSantis announced at the meeting that he would be asking the state legislature to make an emergency order permanent allowing restaurants to serve to-go alcohol.

DeSantis also expressed support for allowing restaurants to increase indoor capacity from 50% though no formal action on that subject has yet been taken.

The Lani Kai Island Resort will be opening its beach bars again on Monday, said marketing director Melissa Schneider.

“We were happy to hear of Gov. DeSantis’ latest announcement regarding the reopening of bars, and excited to safely reopen our beach bars again come Monday morning, continuing to follow all of the proper guidelines for sanitizing and social distancing while providing a fun and affordable place to enjoy a cocktail on the beach,” Schneider said.