Florida to shut down all bars after shattering single-day record of confirmed new coronavirus cases

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 26th, 2020 5:22 pm

Last Updated Jun 29th, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Florida is closing all its bars in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus after the state posted a single-day record of confirmed new infections.

The state's department of health reported nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, shattering the previous one-day record of 5,511, set earlier this week.

Friday's announcement came from Halsey Beshears — the secretary of the agency responsible for regulating Florida bars.

"Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide," Beshears tweeted.

Florida now has roughly 123,000 coronavirus cases statewide and 3,366 total deaths in which the deceased tested positive for the virus. The state also set a record of 71,433 tests conducted on Thursday with a positivity rate of 13%.

With Friday's decision, Florida becomes the second state to reimpose coronavirus restrictions, after Texas announced the closing of its bars earlier in the day.


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