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City commission adds agenda item on bar/restaurant capacity to Tuesday meeting

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

At the request of City Commissioner David Arreola, the Gainesville City Commission has added a last-minute agenda item to their Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at 2:30 p.m.

The agenda item reads, “Bar/Restaurant Capacity: City Commission discuss and take action deemed necessary.” No backup is available.

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Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-244 states that “Restaurants, including any establishment with a food service license, may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than fifty percent (50%) of their indoor capacity. If a restaurant is limited to less than one hundred percent (100%) of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must on its face satisfy the following: i. quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirement on those restaurants; and ii. explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health.”

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