CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Bars across Florida can start serving alcohol again on Monday after being closed for more than two months due to Covid-19.

But that’s not going to happen in Coral Springs or the rest of Broward County.

Despite the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, on Thursday, giving permission for bars to reopen, Broward County announced Friday that bars will remain closed.

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“We want to ensure that we use common sense when reopening Broward County to keep our community safe,” Broward Mayor Dale V.C. Holness said in a news release.

Broward County’s decision was part of a broader announcement that there won't be any changes to how businesses are allowed to operate when the county moves into the Phase 2 reopening on Monday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that the county is allowed to shift to the less-restrictive Phase 2 reopening, but county officials said they aren’t going to make any changes to business operations just yet.

In recent weeks, Broward County has seen significant declines in the spread of the virus from a peak in July.

DeSantis said the county’s virus positivity rate is at 3.4 percent and daily admissions to hospitals with Covid-19 symptoms is down 85 percent from the peak.

 

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