Florida bars, restaurants ordered to stop selling food, alcohol for on-site consumption

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TAMPA (WFLA) – All bars and restaurants in Florida must stop selling food and alcohol for on-site consumption until further notice, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday.

“I hereby order all restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food consumption for customers.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services.”

Gov. DeSantis had previously ordered every restaurant to limit its occupancy to 50% and abide by the CDC’s social distancing guidelines as well as restrict bars, pubs, and nightclubs from selling alcohol.

However, restaurants can deliver alcohol as long as it is in a sealed container and is accompanied by the sale of food within the same order.

DeSantis has also enforced that gymnasiums and fitness centers to close statewide under the executive order.

For a full list of Tampa Bay restaurants offering delivery, deals on orders during coronavirus outbreak click here.

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