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Packed Bars Serve Up New Rounds Of COVID Contagion

Jun 30, 2020
WMFE

As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults unbowed by the fear of illness and, in some instances, proprietors who don’t enforce crowd limits and social distancing rules.

Florida Looks For ‘Way Forward’ On Bars

Jun 28, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida’s ban on serving alcohol to people in bars will be reevaluated daily, the state’s top business regulator said in a series of tweets over the weekend that also offered apologies for the crackdown.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

Florida business regulators shut down a web portal launched to make it easier for the public to file complaints about businesses that violate COVID-19 guidelines last month, just as cases statewide started to surge.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation created the online form in mid March, but removed it May 29.

Florida Bars, Lounges Anxious To Reopen

Jun 2, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis is under increasing pressure to let bar owners again pour spirits and ring the bell for last call.

Local elected officials are telling the governor that bar and nightclub owners whose businesses rely on alcohol for 50 percent of revenue are getting desperate watching from the sidelines, a month into the first phase of the state’s reopening from the coronavirus pandemic.

Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson wrote the governor over the weekend that many of these businesses in the small Flagler County community are struggling to stay afloat.