Florida has ordered bars to stop serving alcohol effective immediately.
The state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Friday announced it was suspending on-premise consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. Bars will still be able to serve drinks in to-go containers.
Halsey Beshears, the department secretary, said the action was taken because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and noncompliance by some businesses. But the order only applies to bars – restaurants that happen to serve alcohol will be allowed to stay open.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida increased by another 6,093 on Tuesday, rising to a total of 152,434 cases. That means Florida has the fifth most cases in the U.S., ahead of Illinois.
Taken from USA Today news feed. 6/30/2020