Hundreds Of People Without Masks Came To A Popular Bar In Florida And The Bar Was Closed Indefinitely The Next Day
Florida authorities "let the people off the leash of the pandemic" too early. Hundreds of Fort Lauderdale residents visited the popular local bar The Wharf on Friday evening. The very next day, officials ordered to close the bar due to non-compliance with regulations.
Photos of crowds of people without masks and not observing social distancing instantly went viral on social media. Broward County authorities immediately responded and ordered the work to stop for 24 hours, and then for an indefinite period.
Shortly after closing, The Wharf made an official announcement.
"Unfortunately, due to the statewide spike in cases and local regulations, we will be temporarily shutting down," the tweet read. "We'll reopen when we're able to provide the proper experience for you at our beautiful outdoor venue. Stay Safe & Stay tuned!"
Thanks to all our fans for your support! Unfortunately, due to the statewide spike in cases and local regulations, we will be temporarily shutting down. We'll reopen when we're able to provide the proper experience for you at our beautiful outdoor venue. Stay Safe & Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/8fUvfOoQ5N— The Wharf Fort Lauderdale (@wharfftl) November 22, 2020
Broward Mayor Steve Geller also spoke out about the incident.
“If they’re not making patrons wear masks, they’re leaving us no option other than to shut them down,” Geller said on Sunday to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Our goal is not to shut down businesses. It’s to get compliance. If we have to shut down businesses that are intentionally violating our laws, maybe that will send a message. They have to obey our orders for the safety of the public.”
To date, almost 950 thousand people have been infected with Covid-19 in Florida, of which 18 thousand people have died. the Florida Department of Health.