In light of recent events, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has announced a statewide ban of on-premises alcohol consumption at bars, effective immediately.
Since we’re currently at Disney Springs, we’ve been able to speak with a few Cast Members to see what implications this order has on Disney World.
An emergency order was just signed into effect by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation under the instruction of the Governor. Any establishment that makes more than 50% of its income from the sale of alcohol will be forced to close its doors for the time being. At this time, no end date has been shared.
According to the Cast Members we spoke to, Orange County officials have said Disney Springs restaurants are still OK to serve alcohol — the only locations that are no longer being permitted to serve alcohol are locations that don’t offer (or have very limited) food sales. This means VERY quickly, we spotted a number of locations begin to close their doors in Disney Springs.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, which just reopened yesterday AND has a food menu has just closed down today (after we had just enjoyed a lovely cocktail there mere hours before!).
Guests were being allowed to finish their drinks when the order came in, but afterward, the restaurant closed down. The ruling states any business must close that will “derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages.”
But other places like Dockside Margaritas, which doesn’t serve food or connect to a restaurant, have had to close.
Disney Springs’ pop-up bars have also shut down.
In response to an increase of coronavirus cases across the state, Florida Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced last week that face masks are now mandatory in public spaces. Through contact tracing, health officials have linked several cases to bars and nightclubs in Central Florida, which has led to this recent decision. We’ll continue to provide you with more updates as additional information becomes available!
Have you been to Disney Springs since several restaurants have reopened? Let us know if you’ve visited in the comments below.