Governor DeSantis vows to keep Florida bars and restaurants OPEN amid epidemic


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said he keeps restaurants open around the world amid the pandemic and has slammed the suspension of indoor meals in New York as shocking photos show the state’s bars where unmasked people drink and dance.

The governor defended a restaurant at a press conference on Tuesday at the Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, the state’s oldest steakhouse.

“At a time when people in our service industry, especially in restaurants, accommodation and hospitality, have taken a stand, especially in some other states that have been completely shut down, we just want to send the message – some may shut you down. We want to pull it up, ”DeSantis said, pushing toward New York.

Florida restaurants, bars and nightclubs were able to reopen at full capacity in late September, despite the threat of the virus.

The shocking photos of the week show that many young people without masks drink, crowded lines and revelers ignore the social isolation protocols of bars and clubs.

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would keep restaurants open amid the pandemic and states like New York because they had suspended indoor meals despite a sharp rise in the coronavirus case in the state.

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would keep restaurants open amid the pandemic and states like New York because they had suspended indoor meals despite a sharp rise in the coronavirus case in the state.

What kind of epidemic?  A crowded scene can be seen between the kitchen and bar of the Delray Beach Office late Saturday night

What kind of epidemic? Crowded scene between The Kitchen and Bar of The Office in Delray Beach late Saturday night

Dance the night!  The patrons took unmasked pictures and danced close to each other at Capones on Dec. 10 in Fort Lauderdale.

Dance the night! The patrons took unmasked pictures and danced close to each other at Capones on Dec. 10 in Fort Lauderdale.

Long waiting times: Saturday night shows a full line of access to the Tin Roof Bar in Delray Beach

Long wait: Saturday night shows a full line of access to the Tin Roof Bar in Delray Beach

In Florida, the treatment of the pandemic is very different from New York, which closed its indoor meal on Monday due to a surge in COVID-19 infections.

DeSantis said most of the new COVID-19 cases come from home gatherings, citing a recent report by a New York government that 1.4 percent of new coronavirus cases go back to restaurants and bars.

“We need to understand that the vast majority of infections occur in people’s homes, especially when there are people who get together, so closing a restaurant for indoor dining will lead to more people anyway,” he said.

Even if you think it’s not just 1.4 percent, the right answer is to inform people about situations where they are at higher risk. Not to stop. Let individuals decide what they do comfortably, ”he added.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the governor defended the opening hours of restaurants at the Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, the state’s oldest steakhouse.

At a news conference on Tuesday, the governor defended the opening hours of restaurants at the Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, the state’s oldest steakhouse.

DeSantis said he met with Okeechobee Steakhosue staff and some talked about how important it is to keep the door open during an epidemic.  The above Theresa Hodgdon server

DeSantis said he met with Okeechobee Steakhosue staff and some talked about how important it is to keep their doors open during a pandemic. The above Theresa Hodgdon server

Above is an exterior view of Okeechobee Steakhouse, the oldest steakhouse in the state

Above is an exterior view of Okeechobee Steakhouse, the oldest steakhouse in the state

“You have your back if someone is a waitress or a cook, or a family business – an important part of our state,” DeSantis said.

– There are people who work hard for a living. You have every right to do so. This right is protected by the governor, he added.

The restaurant’s server, Theresa Hodgdon, the single mother of two, shed tears at the press conference and thanked the governor for keeping the steakhouse open.

The governor also noted that about 40 states have higher rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalization per capita than Florida.

By Wednesday, Florida had registered more than 1,155,335 cases of coronavirus and more than 20,200 deaths.

Get out of control: Partisans fight late Saturday in front of Budda Garden in Delray Beach

Out of control: Partisans fight late Saturday in front of Budda Garden in Delray Beach

No Social Distinction: Mass of People Near Masks in Capones, December 10 in Fort Lauderdale

No Social Distinction: Mass of People Near Masks in Capones, December 10 in Fort Lauderdale

The patrons in the picture were seated tightly side by side at Capones on December 10th.

The patrons pictured are tightly stacked side by side in Capones on December 10th

In Florida, the case for COVID-19 has steadily increased since mid-October, a few weeks after the governor announced that the state is in the third phase of reopening, allowing restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity by the end of September.

In Florida, the case for COVID-19 has steadily increased since mid-October, a few weeks after the governor announced that the state is in the third phase of reopening, allowing restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity by the end of September.

In Florida, the case of COVID-19 has been steadily rising since mid-October, with the governor announcing a few weeks later that the state is in Phase 3 of reopening, which allowed restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity in late September.

Now the state reports an average of more than 9,000 cases a day. On Tuesday, the state reported a positivity rate of 9.28 percent.

This week, a video was taken of a DJ set and a dance party at McSorley’s Peach Pub in Fort Lauderdale, where dozens of people can be seen tightly packed together, many dancing without masks.

By Wednesday, Florida had registered more than 1,155,335 cases of coronavirus and more than 20,200 deaths.  Party group at McSorley's Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale above

As of Wednesday, more than 1,155,335 cases of coronavirus and the deaths of more than 20,200 residents have been registered in Florida. Party group at McSorley’s Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale above

Night Dance: This week saw the Hollywood Live Night Club in Hollywood, Florida

Night Dance: The sight of the Hollywood Live Night Club in Hollywood, Florida, this week

Concert goers danced all night without masks and ignored social distance at the November 22 Boca Raton Rock n Angels Bar and Club.

Concert goers danced all night without masks and ignored social distancing on November 22 at the Boca Raton Rock n Angels Bar and Club.

Some nightclubs and bars had long lines to get in and saw patrons dancing close together and hanging out in groups without masks.

On Wednesday, residents of the village of John Knox in Pompano Beach received the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine among those living in the country’s first long-term care facility.

Nationwide, more than 16 million cases of coronavirus have been reported since the outbreak began, and more than 306,000 people have died.