‘Let us go back to work!’ Local bar owners try to figure out next steps as they stay closed Memorial Day weekend

?Let us go back to work!? Local bar owners try to figure out next steps as they stay closed Memorial Day weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, local bar owners gathered on Jacksonville’s Westside for the “Open our Bars Rally” to discuss their concerns and a possible course of action, since they have been shut down since March. Action News Jax reporter Courtney Cole spoke to a local bar owner about still not being able to re-open their doors in Florida and the ramifications it has on owners, staff and sales associates.

  • We are currently in FULL phase-one of re-opening in Florida, but bars have not been allowed to re-open.
  • Restaurants have been allowed to re-open and operate at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants operate under a SRX license, which require restaurants to have least 51% food sales.
  • Bars, like St. Nick’s Lounge, in St. Nicholas, operate under what is called a 4-COP License.
  • They’ve been shutdown since 5 p.m. on March 17, 2020.
  • Bar owners are furious restaurants have been allowed to sell mixed to-go drinks, but they also said it’s illegal under regulations put in place by Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.