State allowing bars to reopen Monday

All bars in Florida are allowed to open back up for business Monday, per state order.

Capacity must be capped at 50 percent, for seated service only. Different counties may require businesses to follow local ordinances, as well.

Pinellas County issued a press release Friday stating that restrictions and regulations related to bars and restaurants in its ordinance passed in June must be followed.

  • Employees must wear a face covering whether directly or indirectly preparing food or drinks, whether having customer contact or not, and whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Patrons must wear a face covering except when seated and consuming food or a drink and distanced six feet from other parties
  • Standing at a bar is prohibited. The state’s reopening plan and the County ordinance require that patrons be seated to be served drinks for on-site consumption.
  • Tables/bar stools must be spaced so that individuals and their companion(s) are separated six feet from others. Tables are limited to 10 guests.
  • Standing areas are not allowed. Patrons waiting to be seated must remain distanced in groups of no more than 10 people.
  • Bars and restaurants must establish rules that encourage social distancing, hand-washing and other protective measures based on CDC guidance.

The press release states that the ordinance will remain in effect until the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners repeals it or allows the county's State of Local Emergency declaration to expire. The latest extension of the declaration runs through Sept. 18.