In a statement posted on Twitter today, June 26, 2020 at 11:13 a.m., the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced that, “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.”
This affects on-site consumption of alcohol, which was only just readmitted recently during the state’s “Phase 2” plan of reopening. It does not make any reference to the recent trend of “to-go” alcohol sales.
The tweet does not further elaborate if this will affect restaurants who also sell alcohol on premises, or only bars and pubs.
The DBPR licenses and regulates over 1 million businesses and professionals in Florida.
The announcement also does not explain how this will be enforced. The Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, has not made a statement on this announcement at this time.
View the official emergency order here.
UPDATE @ 1:30 PM:
Halsey Beshears, Secretary of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, orders the following:
- Vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on their premises, that derive more than 50% of gross revenue from those sales, have to suspend the sales of alcohol for consumption on the premises.
- Those vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises.
- Restaurants may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption as long as 50% or less of their gross revenue comes from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.