Nothing will stop people from trying to have a good time during these tough times.
The coronavirus has hit the United States in an unprecedented way, and local officials have called for restaurants, bars and other public areas to reduce their hours and limit crowds. In South Florida, the mandate is no different, and some restaurants are even suffering from the decrease in revenue.
One of South Florida’s favorite restaurant chains is Flanigan’s, which often attracts large crowds for St. Patrick’s Day. In spite of the viral mandate, yesterday was no different.
Local news reported that people gathered outside in the seating areas at the Flanigan’s in Coconut Grove and Kendall, the night right before a countywide order was issued to close all restaurants, bars and clubs.
Jim Flanigan, CEO of the family-owned chain, told The Miami Herald that “Things got a little crazy” at the Kendall Drive locations and that some patrons had to leave so as not to violate the emergency order.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the closure of all bars and nightclubs for 30 days. The closure began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, right on St. Patrick’s Day. Restaurants were ordered to operate at 50 percent capacity, and some are only open for takeout and delivery services. Gatherings are also limited to fewer than 10 people.
Other closures include movie theaters, gyms and bowling alleys.