Sebastian Bars with Restaurant Licenses to Remain Open at 50% Capacity

Sebastian bars that have restaurant licenses can stay open with 50% capacity.
Sebastian bars that have restaurant licenses can stay open with 50% capacity.

Earlier today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered all bars and nightclubs in the state to shut down for 30 days.

However, bars that have a restaurant license can still serve alcohol and food at a 50% capacity. Seating must be staggered and limited to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least six feet.

Also, bar areas at restaurants are closed but alcohol is available for table service. Some bars with a license to sell food have to prove their food sales, otherwise they are just a bar.

Woody’s BBQ, Tiki Bar & Grill, Pareidolia Brewing Company, Capt. Hirams Blackfins Riverfront Grill, Crab Stop, Capt. Butchers and other restaurants in Sebastian plan to stay open at a 50% capacity. Take out services are available at most restaurants.

Earl’s Hideaway Lounge told us today they were shutting down.

The executive order is to reduce density and crowds in restaurants and bars. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing and providing further guidance.

Restaurants are encouraged to remain open and expand take-out and delivery services. Gatherings at tables should be no more than ten people.

We got word that Sandy’s Grille might be shutting down until Monday, March 23, 2020, then reopening at a 50% capacity and for take-out orders.

“Restaurants across the state of Florida will now be required to limit customer entry to 50 percent of capacity. Seating must be staggered and limited to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least six feet, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Restaurants are encouraged to remain open and expand take-out and delivery services,” The Florida Department of Health said in a statement.

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