ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- To ensure social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is ordering bars in the city to move their last calls.
According to his announcement on Monday, last calls for alcoholic beverages at bars in St. Pete will be set to 9 p.m., effective Tuesday at noon.
Restaurants, recreational center, bowling alleys and libraries in the area will be ordered to cut their max capacities by 50%.
Kriseman's announcement comes a day after Governor Ron DeSantis said closing restaurants in Florida would not be necessary.
Kriseman's announcement comes a day after California, Ohio, Illinois and Washington State announced they will shutting down restaurants and bars at their states.
Over the weekend, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement recommending organizers to cancel large events of more than 50 people that are scheduled in the next eight weeks.