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Florida bars are now banned from selling alchohol

The ban goes into effect immediately, but it won’t affect South Florida.


Things are changing fast in Florida. As the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the state continues to spike (we’re now at 8,943) new rules to help stop the spread are going into effect quickly. The latest: Florida bars will no longer be allowed to sell alcohol. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the agency responsible for issuing licenses to business, made the determination on Friday to suspend the consumption of alcohol in bars statewide. 

The ban, which goes into effect immediately, applies to establishments where more than half the revenue comes from alcohol sales. These spots will still be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks in sealed containers to-go. The rules don’t apply to restaurants and venues that don’t derive more than 50 percent of their sales from booze. These places can still sell alcohol and patrons will be allowed to consume it on premises or take it to-go where allowed.

The DBPR’s new ban is a cautionary tale for South Florida, where bars have not been allowed to reopen. It doesn’t apply to us now and it may not ever as Miami bars will continue to remain closed.


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