The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption at all bars throughout the state.
The decision comes as Florida saw a record rise in new daily coronavirus cases.
“Based on recent increases in COVID-19 cases and non-compliance with previous orders, DBPR has taken action to suspend on-premises alcohol sales at bars. DBPR believes this is a necessary step to take to protect public health as we continue working in partnership with industry and health officials to combat COVID-19,” says DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears.
The new order does not affect restaurants.
Bars may sell sealed containers of alcohol off their premises, according to a news release from the DBPR.