Gov. DeSantis lifts all COVID restrictions on restaurants in Florida

DeSantis Florida Restaurants

Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces that Florida is moving into full Phase 3 of its reopening.

The Governor signed an order allowing restaurants and many other businesses to operate at full capacity. This continues as part of Phase 3 of his administration’s reopening plan.

“We’re not closing anything going forward,” the governor said in St. Petersburg.

County governments would be allowed to limit capacity but not by more than 50 percent, Mr. DeSantis said — a new restriction on local control.

The news indicates we may hear further announcements regarding theme park restaurants waiting to reopen. A few Disney World restaurants, such as Crystal Palace, have yet to reopen to guests. Even Epcot has several dining location still closed. So, we might hear of more restaurant announcements in the next few weeks! Hopefully get can get some new reservations soon.

Phase 3 also states that bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. This month, Florida allowed bars to once again serve drinks for on-site consumption. During the pandemic, they were forced to close twice, but were allowed to reopen Sept. 14 with an indoor capacity at 50%.

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Kevin Koszola