Executive Order 20-71 re: Restaurants & Food Establishments


TO:                  Members of the Press

FROM:            Helen Aguirre Ferré, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis

DATE:             March 20, 2020

RE:                   Executive Order 20-71

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Good afternoon:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71, directing all restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. The listed establishments may, however, operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services.

This Executive Order lifts the restriction that prohibits a specially licensed food service establishment from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises for restaurants complying with Executive Order 20-68, through the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52. Alcohol sales to go with food that is pick-up or delivered will be permitted and I.D. will be required for orders including alcohol.

Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order and shall take additional measures as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

A PDF copy of the Executive Order is attached to this email and provided below.


Helen Aguirre Ferré

Director of Communications

Governor Ron DeSantis