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Bars in Palm Beach County will not reopen on Monday for 'consumption on the premises,' official says

Bars across Florida allowed to reopen on Monday, Sept. 14
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Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 17:28:59-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Bars in Palm Beach County will not reopen on Monday for the on-premises consumption of alcohol, a county spokesperson confirms.

On Thursday, Halsey Beshears, the head of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, tweeted that bars across the state can reopen on Monday, Sept. 14 at 50% indoor capacity for "consumption on the premises" to customers who are "seated."

However, because Palm Beach County has entered an incremental Phase Two, bars in the county will not reopen on Monday, a spokesperson told WPTV.

Under the county's Phase Two reopening plan, bars, arcades, billiard halls, hookah, cigar, and other smoking bars and lounges, nightclubs, establishments offering adult entertainment, and strip clubs will be allowed to reopen with reduced capacity in the final increment of the plan.

The county issued a statement on Friday that read, in part:

"The County Administrator and the Board of County Commissioners are closely monitoring indicators of COVID-19 prevalence and spread in Palm Beach County and will proceed with additional business openings in accordance with the recently approved Incremental Phase 2 Re-opening Plan for Palm Beach County."

READ: Palm Beach County's Phase Two reopening plan

No official date has been set on when bars in Palm Beach County will be allowed to reopen for the on-premises consumption of alcohol.

Bars in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties all have the green light to reopen on Monday.