(TargetLiberty.org) – Florida’s governor has made the first moves towards taking his state out of lockdown, but not all business owners are happy about the way he’s doing it. Many bar owners feel they’re being unfairly held back from reopening. And, they’re angry enough that they’re planning a series of protests against the regulations.
The bar owners’ rebellion started Wednesday, with a protest outside the county courthouse in Clearwater. The next stage is “The ride to reopen,” which will be held at five Central Florida bars on Saturday.
ICYMI: About 100 people showed up in front of the Clearwater courthouse Wednesday morning to protest the continued closure of bars and clubs due to the coronavirus. Many places are reopening in Florida, but bars remain closed. Here's what they had to say: https://t.co/4iquzqPApG pic.twitter.com/FfINdW9d0J
— Spectrum Bay News 9 (@BN9) May 20, 2020
Saturday’s protest is being organized by Bars R Essential, a group of owners who say their businesses are in serious danger if they can’t reopen soon. Patti Miracle, who owns a tavern in Ormond-by-the-Sea, says many bars rely on beer and wine sales, and don’t even have the income from selling food to keep them going. The group’s website says bars are an essential part of every community and, like restaurants and fitness centers, should be given a chance to survive.
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