State to order bars shut for 30 days

The normally festive St. Patrick’s Day took on a very somber note Tuesday as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis planned a 5 p.m. press conference to issue an order for bars to close for 30 days, multiple media outlets were reporting.

Bars are being defined as establishments where more than 50 percent of sales are from alcoholic beverages.

Restaurants will be told to reduce capacity by 50 percent and have a six foot separation between groups of customers.

Takeout and delivery are already being urged nationally to cut down on the community spread of the virus.

The CDC is recommending that groups be limited to no more than 10 people and DeSantis wants that to apply to Florida beaches. That contrasts with many beaches being filled with spring breakers last week.

The elderly are particularly vulnerable. Two residents of the Atria Willow Wood assisted living facility in the 2800 block of West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale have died from the virus, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis announced.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 192 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Florida, including non-residents, with six deaths. Broward County led the state with 43 cases followed by 32 in Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach and Volusia counties with nine each.

Cities are free to take even further action than what the governor ordered.

In Fort Lauderdale, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and video arcades will close for 30 days

The city of Miami  ordered all entertainment establishments and non-essential businesses be closed at 11:59 p.m. until further notice.

The following types of entertainment businesses within Miami will be closed, effective at 11:59 p.m. March 17 until further notice:

  • All alcohol service establishments that do not serve food, including bars, nightclubs and lounge. Bars that serve food may continue to do so for takeout only.
  • All dine-in restaurants, but restaurants may sell food for takeout/delivery/drive-thru on a 24-hour basis. Proprietors must establish social distancing measures for patrons waiting in line
  • All entertainment venues, including movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades
  • All gyms and fitness centers

The following institutions and businesses are not affecting by the order: grocery stores, food banks, pharmacies; and commissaries, cafeterias and restaurants located entirely within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.