All alcohol consumption at Florida bars suspended effective immediately

The consumption of alcohol at Florida bars has been suspended effective immediately.


Effective immediately, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending the on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

The announcement comes Friday as Florida coronavirus cases continue to climb. Florida reported nearly 9,000 new cases, which shatters the previous single-day record.

The Florida agency that governs bars announced the news on Twitter just minutes after the Department of Health reported the new confirmed cases.

Officials said this is only for bars, not restaurants that serve alcohol.

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The move effectively shuts down bars in the state again and comes just days after the governor had issued a public warning to bar owners across the state.

Bars and nightclubs in Florida were first ordered to close on March 18. They just started reopening earlier this month.

State officials have attributed much of the new outbreak to young adults flocking to bars after they reopened, with many of them ignoring social distancing restrictions aimed at lowering the virus’s spread.