Florida Lifts State Restaurant Restrictions

Adella Miesner

In the state of Florida, we are today moving into what we initially called Phase 3, and what that will mean for the restaurants is that there will not be limitations from the state of Florida. In fact, we’re also cognizant about the need for business certainty. There have been […]

In the state of Florida, we are today moving into what we initially called Phase 3, and what that will mean for the restaurants is that there will not be limitations from the state of Florida. In fact, we’re also cognizant about the need for business certainty. There have been some local closures and other types of restrictions. And so the order that I’m signing today will guarantee restaurants operate — will not allow closures. They can operate at a minimum of 50 percent regardless of local rule. And then if the local restricts between 50 and 100, they’ve got to provide the justification, and they’ve got to identify what the costs are involved with doing that are. And if you go back to March, we were told 15 days to slow the spread. So that was — in Florida, we followed. We followed that. It was no dining restaurants, the bars, the gyms, no elective procedure, some of these things. And then they said, well, you know what, we need another 30 days. So 30 days to slow the spread. So we did that as well. And yet you have some people say, well, you can never do, you know full — what you want to do — until there’s a vaccine. Well, we don’t know, hopefully — but now people are saying, hey even if there’s a vaccine, it’s still going to take another year before you can operate appropriately. And you know, I don’t think that’s viable. I don’t think that that is acceptable. And so I think that this will be very, very important to the industry.

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