Florida DBPR suspends alcohol consumption at bars
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) – Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars today after its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a new record that is almost double the previous mark set just two days ago.
The Florida agency that governs bars announced the ban on Twitter just minutes after the Department of Health reported 8,942 new confirmed cases, topping the previous record of 5,500 set on June 24.
State officials have attributed much of the new outbreak to young adults flocking to bars after they reopened in most of the state about a month ago, with many of them ignoring social distancing restrictions aimed at lowering the virus’s spread.
More than 24,000 new cases have been reported since June 20, more than a fifth of the 111,724 cases confirmed since March 1. The department had not updated its death total, which still stood at 3,327.
The seven-day average for positive tests dropped slightly to 13.4 percent, down 1 percentage point from June 25 but still triple the rate of 3.8 percent of June 1. The seven-day average for hospitalizations is also creeping up, hitting 172 on June 25, about 70 percent higher than it was on June 1.
Florida’s record-setting week for newly confirmed coronavirus cases got even worse with almost 9,000 reported today, nearly double the just-set mark and five times more than where the state record stood two weeks ago.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced today via Twitter that it is “suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide” effective immediately. The Reporter-Islander is working to attain more information on the announcement.