Florida suspends on-premise alcohol consumption at bars statewide

On Friday, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide until further notice. This temporary requirement only applies to bars deriving more than 50% of their gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, so restaurants that serve alcohol may continue to do so. While bars cannot sell alcohol for on-premise consumption, they may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises. The new mandate is in response to a recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Florida and noncompliance of social distancing at some bars, the DBPR reports.