Florida Suspends Drinking at Bars After Record Number of Coronavirus Infections

Beshears said in a statement that the emergency order was made in response to the spike in new coronavirus cases within the state, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

"Based on recent increases in COVID-19 cases and non-compliance with previous orders, (the department) has taken action to suspend on-premises alcohol sales at bars," Beshears said, per the outlet. "(The department) believes this is a necessary step to take to protect public health as we continue working in partnership with industry and health officials to combat COVID-19."

On Friday, the Florida Department of Health recorded 8,942 new coronavirus cases over the course of 24 hours, surpassing the previous single-day high of 5,511 cases that was set earlier in the week.

As of June 26, there have been at least 122,960 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Floruda, with 3,366 coronavirus-related deaths, according to state health officials.

Within the United States, there have been at least 2,463,700 coronavirus cases and 124,700 deaths, according to a New York Times database.

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