Central Florida Outdoor Dining During the Pandemic

Restaurants in Central Florida are desperate to reopen at the maximum capacity the CDC and experts deem safe under the circumstances of COVID-19.

During a teleconference on Friday with restaurant owners, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears advised restaurants use their outdoor space while complying with the CDC’s physical-distancing recommendations. 

Beshears stated, “I want to be real clear about that, and this is how we’re going to regulate this: You know, if you have outdoor seating there is no (maximum) occupancy.” Beshears finished with, “if that outside seating area can seat 100 people, then you can seat 100 people as long as you can practice those social distancing guidelines.”

Many restaurants in Orlando and beyond are depending on their outdoor seating when reopening on seating on Monday. But in Orange County, be aware Mayor Jerry Demings has stated business still require permits to have outdoor seating beyond their current seating. 

The municipalities Central Florida vary on their outdoor seating permit requirements. On top of the legal qualifications, restaurants may also need additional chairs and tables, lights, railing and during the Florida heat, tents. 

As a trusted Orlando General Contractor, BG Southern can support you and your restaurant to open outdoor dining during these difficult time. We can help you with outdoor dining permits, tents, electricity, sink stations and more.

Contact us today at 407.258.8900 or outdoorseating@bgsouthern.com