Lido Beach to Close–City of Sarasota Restricts On-Premises Alcohol Sales

Coconut Telegraph

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY MAR 20, 2020

The City of Sarasota on Thursday temporarily ceased the sale of beer, wine and alcohol at restaurants each day after 9 p.m. as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order applies to all restaurants, clubs and business establishments that serve food for consumption on premises within City limits. It is effective beginning 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and will last through March 27 but may be extended if warranted. 

The regulation comes in light of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ previous order closing bars and nightclubs throughout the state. It was also made following Sarasota County’s closure of all county beaches, including Lido Beach, beginning at 6 am Saturday.

“This additional measure is being taken to maximize Sarasota’s compliance with directives from national and state health officials discouraging social gatherings and promoting social distancing,” City Manager Tom Barwin said. “As we are in the height of tourist and spring break season, this directive will help ensure the health of all of our citizens.”

Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, has already extended the local public health emergency through Friday, March 27, as outlined by City Charter. The emergency declaration protects the health and safety of the community and positions the City to qualify for possible state or federal funds for losses associated with COVID-19. 

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