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Governor issues executive orders on eateries, more

By Staff | Mar 23, 2020

On March 20, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order directing restaurants and food establishments in 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.

The 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. Alcohol sales to go with food that is pick-up or delivered will be permitted and identification will be required for orders including alcohol.

Additionally, the executive order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers.

Also on March 20, DeSantis issued a separate executive order regarding non-essential elective medical procedures.

Hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patients immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.