Officials with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have suspended the consumption of alcohol in bars all across Florida.
Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.
— Florida DBPR (@FloridaDBPR) June 26, 2020
The decision was made Friday after the daily COVID infections rose to a record-shattering 8,942 new cases from the previous record of 5,508 cases two days ago. Florida now has a recorded 122,960 positive cases and a death told of 3,366. Officials have attributed the rise in cases to the reopening of bars and the lack of social distancing that has been going on in those establishments when alcohol is being consumed. Bars were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity on June 3rd and were allowed only to serve seated customers, however, Friday’s order rolls back that decision.