Florida Governor Lifts Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants, and Stores

UPDATE 09/27/20: Walt Disney World responded to Gov. DeSantis’ executive order in a brief email to Fox 35 News:

We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business. We are not making any immediate changes. As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World.

Source: FOX 35 News

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order today removing all remaining statewide restrictions on businesses that were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive order takes effect immediately and also prohibits local jurisdictions from closing or fining businesses due to pandemic-related local policies.

During his press conference, DeSantis shared:

We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3, and what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida.

We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work. (Local governments) can do reasonable regulations but they can’t just say no.

Local governments will still be able to restrict restaurants to as low as a 50% capacity, but there will be no statewide policy. Local governments must have an economic or health justification for tighter restrictions.

It’s not yet clear how the changes will affect the bars, restaurants, and shops at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Source: Orlando Sentinel