“This state of emergency cannot last forever.”
– Governor Ron DeSantis
The Florida Defartment of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has announced that bars in the state will be allowed to reopen again on Monday, September 14.
DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears told his Twitter followers that they would be rescinding Executive Order 20-09 that prohibited bars and clubs in the state from operating during the pandemic, and would allow them to reopen at 50 percent of their occupancy indoors.
Bars are allowed to seat patrons and have outdoor seating with social distancing as well.
Many bars were forced to apply for food licenses in order to reopen during the pandemic, a loophole that was widely acknowledged by the state government as an easy way to skirt around their own policies.