As Phase 1 of Florida’s economic reopening continues, Orlando bars, pubs and nightclubs that earn half their sales or more from alcohol are supposed to remain closed. Some Orlando bars are taking the directive seriously, while others are using self-described loopholes to circumvent the public safety orders.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order states that nightclubs and bars deriving more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages “shall continue to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.”
According to the Plan for Florida’s Recovery, only during Phase 2 will such establishments be able to reopen, with limits on operating at 50 percent of capacity. The guidelines emphasize “diminished standing room capacity and prioritizing outdoor service.” There has been no date set for Phase 2, meaning these places are not allowed to open yet for business as usual.