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Winter Park Restaurants and Retail Move Outdoors This Weekend


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Winter Park restaurants and retail businesses across the city that get approved for this City permit will be allowed to "extend their services outdoors" this weekend by the City of Winter Park according to the City's press release.


The permit will be effective beginning Friday, May 8th at 4:00 pm and ending Sunday, May 10th at 11:00 pm.


All businesses must continue to follow the minimum mandates set forth Wednesday April 29th by Florida Governor Ron De Santis' Executive Order 20-112, also referred to as "Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery" as well as those set forth May 1st by Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings' Executive Order 2020-12.


It will be the responsibility of each business to ensure the social distancing requirement is met by their customers at all times according to the City. Citizens that see misbehavior may contact the The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) via their online complaint form.


Restaurants in Winter Park with this new City permit can place tables outdoors and serve customers. They are not however allowed to cook outdoors, utilize any cooking equipment outdoors, or place a food truck that isn't already permitted and licensed with The City of Winter Park outside a restaurant or business.


Restaurants must also stop seating at 9:30pm due to the Orange County mandatory curfew which lasts from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am.


Bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must continue to not sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption per the Governor's Order.


Retail businesses without a permit are approved to have maximum one table or one rack outdoors. If more than one rack or table is desired, they must have a permit.


For Downtown Winter Park businesses approved for the permit, the three streets listed below will be closed to automobile traffic and open solely for the use of pedestrians. The restaurants and retail businesses may place additional seats, tables, or racks an extra 10 feet from the curb onto these streets:

  • Park Avenue (between Whipple and Fairbanks avenues)

  • New England Avenue (between Pennsylvania and Virginia avenues)

  • Morse Boulevard (between Center Street and New York Avenu

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