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Florida Suspends Consumption of Alcohol at Bars Statewide

Florida Suspends Consumption of Alcohol at Bars Statewide

People order at the walkup window of a bar in Key West, Florida on March 25. 

People order at the walkup window of a bar in Key West, Florida on March 25. 

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
People order at the walkup window of a bar in Key West, Florida on March 25. 
Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida has suspended consumption of alcohol at bars effective immediately, the state’s first major policy shift in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases this month.

The office of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed the move in an email Friday.

Florida reported 122,960 Covid-19 cases on Friday, up 7.8% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 4.1% in the previous seven days. The one-day increase of 8,942 was the most ever.