Florida is set to reopen its bars and restaurants starting Monday, after Governor Ron DeSantis’ claims that COVID-19 in the state is currently under control.
On the other hand, secretary Halsey Beshears of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation says bars and breweries “have endured one of the toughest paths” in sustaining their businesses amid the pandemic, as per Politico.
Bars in Florida will reopen at a 50% capacity starting Monday.
Moreover, he believes that those businesses are now more committed to upholding health and safety standards amid the coronavirus.
The state recently reported around 650,000 positive COVID-19 cases, while more than 12,000 died from the coronavirus.
In the case of restaurants, DeSantis announced he will decrease the 50% capacity limit in restaurants in California very soon.
This means that restaurants can start packing in customers.
The announcement came hours after a round table discussion with restaurant owners in Florida, at Connor’s Steak and Seafood in Fort Myers.
Establishments were first closed in Florida in March as the coronavirus started increasing in the state, and were reopened in May.
In June, Beshears closed the bars again as the state experienced a resurgence of infections.
Dining Out Increases the Risks of Contacting the Virus
A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that dining out increases the risk of contacting COVID-19.
CDC interviewed around 314 people who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms and got tested.
Half of them got a positive result.
According to the CDC, people with positive COVID-19 results “were approximately twice as likely to have reported” eating at a restaurant than those who got negative results.
Exposure to the virus in restaurants is linked to “air circulation” as the airflow might affect the transmission of the virus in people despite proper social distancing.
Moreover, people also take off their masks while eating and drinking, making their defense against the virus less.