Sebastian Bars and Restaurants Moving to Phase 3

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Effective immediately, Florida will move into Phase 3 of reopening that will roll back many of the business restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced.

Sebastian bars and restaurants will now have a right to work and operate their businesses without any restrictions. However, local governments can still regulate the operations in some ways relating to COVID-19.

“I think that this will be very, very important to the industry,” DeSantis said.

“The order that I’m signing today will guarantee restaurants can operate and will not allow closures. They can operate at a minimum of 50% regardless of local rule,” DeSantis added.

The State of Emergency order still runs through Nov. 3, but DeSantis said the state is not closing anything going forward.

The Florida governor did acknowledge that the state could see a second wave of cases.

“People shouldn’t think it’s over. They shouldn’t think it’s done. We could easily see a resurgence. I don’t think anybody knows,” said DeSantis.

Florida businesses can still operate with any self-imposed restrictions under the order. Restaurants can still choose not to open the dining room, or only allow 25 percent capacity.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.