Governor: Restaurants now restricted to take-out and delivery only

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Gyms and fitness centers ordered to close. 

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues another executive order on restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues another executive order on restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to a news release from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office, DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71 Friday, "directing all restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. The listed establishments may, however, operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services."

"This Executive Order lifts the restriction that prohibits a specially licensed food service establishment from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises for restaurants complying with Executive Order 20-68, through the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52. Alcohol sales to go with food that is pick-up or delivered will be permitted and I.D. will be required for orders including alcohol.

"Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order and shall take additional measures as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare."

The information was distributed by Helen Aguirre Ferré, the Director of Communications for DeSantis.