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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Executive Order Suspends Drinking Alcohol at Bars

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Inverness, FLA – Under the directive of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), Florida has suspended the sale of alcohol at bars and restricts restaurant sales of alcohol to table service only. This executive order takes effect June 26, 2020 and is in response to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

All vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises whoderive more than 50% of gross revenue from such sales of alcoholic beverages shall suspend such sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. Suchvendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises in accordance with Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2 (seeattached Executive Order 20-71).

Restaurants

Vendors who are licensed as public food service establishments or "restaurants" underChapter 509, Florida Statutes, may continue to operate for on-premises consumption offood and beverages at tables pursuant to the restrictions in Executive Order 20-139, so long as these vendors derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption (see attached Executive Order 20-139). In keeping with the executive order, the City will all local bars, night clubs and restaurants with a copy of the Governor’s executive order. In response to these challenges, the City reminds businesses that the expanded offerings that are still in operation:

City of Inverness Temporary Expanded Outdoor Dining

The City of Inverness continues to support expanded outdoor dining while indoor seating is limited. Outdoor dining may be expanded to other areas of the property, including lawns, sidewalks and parking areas subject to the following conditions.

• Public safety and social distancing continue to be the priority.

• Additional temporary outdoor dining on City sidewalks is permitted and encouraged with social distancing. An authorized representative must provide a drawing of any additional seating on City sidewalks. Also, please leave a walking lane and room for people with disabilities to use the sidewalk.

• If expanding into a parking area, a drawing of the plan must be approved by the Community Development Department. There is no fee for this approval. Any outdoor dining expansion into a parking area must be barricaded to protect the diners from moving vehicles.

According to recent dialogue with the Florida Division of Alcohol and Tobacco, alcoholic beverages are allowed in the temporary expanded outdoor dining areas. For those establishments expanding on to City sidewalks or into private parking areas, please email your site plan and signed acknowledgement of the City’s conditions to grice@Inverness-fl.gov.

Please let the City know if it can be of further assistance or for questions, please contact the Director of Community Development Greg Rice (352) 726-3401 or grice@inverness-fl.gov.

City of Inverness Community Development Letter June 26 and Executive Order

Business are encouraged to visit the FloridaDisaster.biz to prepare and review resources available such as the Disaster Business Damage Assessment Survey and the newly activated Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program or call (866) 737-7232.

Employees impacted by the closures caused by this emergency are encouraged to visit Employ Florida Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal.

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