TAMPA, Fla. — Just hours after the City of St. Petersburg announced it will issue a 9 p.m. last-call rule for bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages, the county across the Howard Frankland Bridge issued a similar order.
The Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merill issued an order on Monday, saying restaurants, bars and private clubs in the county can stay open until 10 p.m., effective Tuesday. In addition to the reduced hours, there will be a 50% limit on filling the max capacity for the restaurants, bars and private clubs in Hillsborough County.
The county added, "such establishments may continue to offer food and non-alcoholic beverages for take-out and delivery," in its order.
The announcement comes a day after Governor Ron DeSantis said closing restaurants in Florida would not be necessary.
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.