ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that the state will move to the third phase of the state’s reopening plan, including allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity effective immediately.
There will no longer be operational limitations enforced by the State of Florida. DeSantis further also released an executive order prohibiting local municipalities from restricting the re-opening of businesses. They must be allowed to operate at least at 50 percent capacity, regardless of local rule.
Governor DeSantis noted the restaurant industry is difficult to succeed in with thin profit margins, and there have been devastating effects from COVID-19 shutdowns on operators and their employees since March.
“We are saying in the state of Florida everybody has an opportunity and the right to work,” said DeSantis during his announcement on. “Every business has the right operate.”
“Florida’s hospitality industry has been decimated by COVID-19,” said Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). “This has been a crisis like we have never seen before. Businesses have closed, and more than 336,000 people have lost work in our industry. We look forward to welcoming back our wonderful guests and to re-opening the Sunshine State.”