Ongoing COVID-19 Updates for Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs

This page will be regularly updated whenever news is issued related to Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs.

March 20, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis tightened restrictions on restaurants and food establishments across Florida today suspending on-premise food and alcohol consumption for customers, including hotel dining; however, those businesses can still operate kitchens to provide delivery and take-out services.

The order also allows alcohol sales for delivery or pick-up with food orders and requires the closure of gymnasiums and fitness centers.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is compiling a list of local restaurants offering take-out and delivery here. Any interested in being featured can send information to [email protected].

March 19, 2020

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation has provided a Frequently Asked Questions document to assist restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. 

View the Restaurant, Bars, and Nightclubs FAQ document

March 17, 2020 Update

Requirements issued from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

View the official letter here issued on March 17, 2020 and the Executive Order Number 20-68 issued by the Office of the Governor. 


  • Limit customer entry to 50% of capacity
  • Stagger and limit seating to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least 6 feet
  • Limit parties to no more than 10 individuals
  • Encourage restaurants to continue and expand take-out and delivery services
  • Screen all employees and prohibit entry for employees that answer "yes" to any of the following questions: 
    • Have you returned from international travel or been on a cruise within the last 14 days? 
    • Have you been in contact with anyone who has returned from international travel or been on a cruise within the last 14 days?
    • Have you been in any gathering of 50 people or more in the last 14 days?
    • Have you traveled to any area known to have high numbers of positive cases of COVID-19, including but not limited to California, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.?
    • Have you experienced signs or symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath? 

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

  • All bars, pubs and nightclubs throughout the state will suspend all sale of alcoholic beverages for thirty days; effective at 5 p.m. on March 17, 2020

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