Florida DBPR Issues Amended Order Regarding On-Premises Alcohol Consumption in Bars and Restaurants

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On July 1, 2020, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued Amended Emergency Order 2020-09 to provide additional detail about when, and under what circumstances, vendors may sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. The Amended Order provided the following details:

  • Vendors not licensed to offer food service shall suspend sales of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;
  • Vendors licensed to offer food service may continue to operate as restaurants by:
    • Limiting indoor guest capacity to 50% of seating capacity;
    • Serving food and beverages for on-premises consumption only to seated guests;
    • Screening employees for COVID-19 (as set forth in EO 2020-68)
  • Vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises in accordance with EO 20-71, Sections 1 & 2; and
  • The Amended Order does not permit nightclubs to operate.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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