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Inverness, FLA – This morning Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a news conference to update Floridians on the COVID-19 virus. Elected leaders and healthcare officials at every level of government agree that reducing human density is the best thing the State of Florida can do to prevent community spread of COVID-19. This is especially important for the state’s most vulnerable population.
Based on the governor’s directive, all Florida bars and nightclubs will cease operations at 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2020 and remain closed for the next 30 days. Bars and nightclubs are businesses defined by Florida Statute as deriving 50 percent of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Additionally, the directive also requires restaurants to limit the seating capacity to 50 percent of the building occupancy. Restaurants must follow the CDC guidance by ensuring, at a minimum, a six-foot distance between any group of patrons and limiting parties to no more than 10 individuals. All restaurant employees must also be screened for the virus per Florida Governor DeSantis’ executive order 20-68 Emergency Management COVID-19, section C, 1-5. State officials are encouraging people to utilize takeout and delivery at local restaurants in lieu of dining in.
In keeping with executive order 20-68, the City has provided all local bars, night clubs and restaurants with a copy of the Governor’s 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.