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Bars and breweries in Florida allowed to reopen Monday at half capacity

Posted at 7:19 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 08:49:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Bars and breweries across the state of Florida have been given the greenlight to reopen again.

Thursday, Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears announced that bars would be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity on Monday.

“In meetings with hundreds of owners of bars and breweries across the state, I’ve heard their stories of struggle, and I’ve observed their serious commitment to making health and safety a continuing priority in their businesses,” said Beshears. “It’s time that we take this step, and it’s vital that we start moving forward with this sector of our hospitality industry who have endured one of the toughest paths for sustaining a business during this pandemic.”

Thursday's action rescinds the previous executive order, issued earlier in the summer, that forced standalone bars and breweries to shut down.

Beshears did not specify if bars and breweries must go through specific procedures before they can bring in customers next week.