With the recent spike in coronavirus cases across Florida, Fort Lauderdale bar has announced that it would close its doors two days after reopening. The bar had been closed for most part of the year because of the pandemic.
On Sunday, the Wharf of Fort Lauderdale had announced in an Instagram post that it would shut down for the same reasons.
The bar promised that it would reopen when it will be possible for customers to enjoy their outdoor venue.
The bar had reopened on Friday night inviting crowds of mask-less party goers who were drinking and dancing without observing social distance guidelines. Videos and photos circulating on social media showed hundreds of young people drinking cocktails, dancing, and hanging out without masks. And on Saturday, the bar was packed just like Friday.
Dr. Ralph Levy, who lives near the bar, said that it was disheartening to watch the care free partygoers who were close together. Levy called the young adults “foolish” because their actions could overwhelm the healthcare system once again.
The Mayor’s statement
Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor Steve Geller gave a statement praising the Wharf’s decision as the bar was providing a spreading ground for the virus.
In his statement, the mayor emphasized that all businesses were accountable for what took place in their vicinity. Mayor Geller further demonstrated the businesses’ accountability by likening the situation to bar fights and selling of drugs.
According to the mayor, the same way the bars are held accountable of any illegal activity taking place on their premises they should also be responsible of the situation at hand.
In his words the mayor said, “bars and other business owners need to understand that they must enforce our Emergency Orders.”
The Wharf’s statement
On an Instagram post, The Wharf provided its statement which was as follows;
“We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our fans and community for the overwhelming support you showed this past weekend. When we created The Wharf, our goal was to enhance the community, while providing an enjoyable experience for all guests. Unfortunately, due to the statewide spike in cases and local regulations, we will be temporarily shutting down. We will reopen when we are able to provide the proper experience for you at our beautiful outdoor venue. Stay Safe and Stay Tuned!”
Broward Corona cases
The Broward County surpassed 100,000 coronavirus cases on Saturday as per Florida’s Department of Health. On the same day, the total number of cases reached 931,827. Moreover, 1,618 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded in the county.