Florida Suspends Alcohol Sales in Bars

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.”

https://twitter.com/FloridaDBPR/status/1276534160446930944

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.
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