Fort Lauderdale allowing restaurants to open at 100% capacity

Bars will be at 50% indoors and 100% outside
Posted at 4:13 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 16:13:36-04

Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale will be able operate at 100% capacity, as long as they can keep their tables 6 feet apart.

On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis tweeted the new order he signed following governor Ron DeSantis's executive order that moved the state into Phase 3 reopening. The order went into effect immediately.

Bars, pubs, night clubs, strip clubs, and other places licensed to sell alcohol can open at 50% capacity indoors, and 100% capacity outdoors.

Patrons and staff must continue to wear face masks, except for while eating or drinking. Guests may order and sit at bar counters, as long as the 6-foot distance between parties is maintained. All on-premise areas must be closed between midnight and 5 a.m., per the county's curfew. The order also asks these establishments to use single-use disposable food service items, condiments and menus whenever possible.

The mayor's order requires 6 feet between tables, people who are standing, and people who are waiting in line. Businesses must also have proper signage to ensure social distancing. There must be hand sanitizer available for guests and staff.

"As I have long said, we have needed to begin reopening our businesses and amenities but that we also must do so in a way that continues to protect public health," Trantalis said in a Facebook post.