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Gov. DeSantis Closes All Restaurants To On-Site Dining; Coronavirus Concerns Close Gyms Too

People eating at a restaurant
Seth Wenig
Associated Press

In the latest move to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday closing all Florida restaurants and food establishments to on-site customers.

However, they still may run their kitchens to provide delivery or take-out services.

The order does not indicate when the closures will go into effect, but says it will end with the expiration of the state of emergency DeSantis signed March 9.

One small bit of good news for restaurants: the order lifts the restriction that bans restaurants from package sales of alcohol for off-site consumption. As a result, bulk alcohol sales to go with food that’s being picked up or delivered are being allowed, provided customers have an I.D.

The order also temporarily closes all gymnasium and fitness centers in the state.

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017.