We told you HERE that Orlando City Hall would be waiving restrictions on outdoor dining capacity during the first phase of reopening set in place by Governor DeSantis. The move was made in an effort to help restaurants reopen despite a restriction on indoor dining to 25 percent their regular occupancy in order to promote proper physical distancing measures.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings shared during a May 6 press conference that restaurants and retailers that are located in incorporated unincorporated Orange County would not be allowed to do the same and instituted the following requirements.

Bars, pubs, nightclubs, and businesses that earn more than 50 percent gross of their revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages are still not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption. Restaurants may allow for on-premises consumption of food and beverages as long as they adopt the following measures.

  • Restaurants with pre-existing outdoor seating and those setting up new outdoor seating must use private property with at least six feet of separation between tables. They cannot use parking areas, public sidewalks, or public right-of-ways. 
  • Retailers and other businesses in multi-tenant centers need property owner permission to set up anything outside. If the businesses use private sidewalks, there must be a 4-foot path per the Americans with Disabilities Act.  
  • Permits are not required to set up a tent if it’s smaller than 12 feet-by-12 feet. Tents cannot block sidewalks or be used in parking areas. 
  • Bar seating must remain closed.
  • Only parties of ten or fewer people will be allowed to dine.

The curfew requiring people in Orange County to be home between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. is still in effect.

You can read the entire order HERE.

The County restrictions apply only to unincorporated Orange County and do not supersede the recent policy change instituted by the City of Orlando. Click HERE for a list of unincorporated areas including Azalea Park, Bithlo, Christmas, Gotha, Lockhart, Pine Hills, Vineland, and Zellwood.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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