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Florida Bars to Stop Serving Alcohol

The state has ordered bars to stop serving alcohol immediately. Because of the spike in COVID-19 cases, and noncompliance by some businesses, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended consumption of alcohol at bars statewide, The News Press reports.

The new state rule applies to bars only, so restaurants that serve alcohol can remain open. The order defines bars vendors who derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Businesses may sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.