Department of Business and Professional Regulation

tap pouring beer into glass
Evan Dvorkin

The state’s top business regulator will start holding talks Friday afternoon about reopening bars amid the coronavirus pandemic, with additional meetings being planned around Hurricane Isaias.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears will hold separate private talks in Jacksonville with groups of craft brewery owners and bar owners, the department announced.

The Manager of a restaurant or hotel checks the body temperature of the staff with a thermal imaging device.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is looking to “tweak” one of his coronavirus orders so restaurant wait staff and non-health care workers can get back on the job quicker after testing positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, his top business regulator continues to plan meetings with craft brewers and bar owners about reopening.

Buddy Dyer wearing mask

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says it’s going to be difficult to reopen bars at the moment.

The secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Halsey Beshears, said he planned to discuss reopening with bar and brewery owners this week.

glasses filled with beer on a bar
Erich Martin

Florida’s top business regulator plans to start meeting with bar operators and craft brewers, amid concerns about establishments closing permanently if a state ban on serving drinks for on-site consumption remains in place.

Numbers Have To ‘Flatten’ Before Drinks Can Flow, DBPR Chief Says

Jul 20, 2020
Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears
News Service of Florida

Florida’s bar scene will remain on hold until there is a massive reversal in the growth of positive coronavirus cases, according to the state’s top business regulator.

Public Health Should Do Food Inspections

Mar 11, 2014

In 1992 the Legislature unwisely decided to move much Health Department food-service responsibility to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.

The change compromised the inspection of restaurants and convenience stores.  It also weakened integration with epidemiologists and public health nurses.

Restaurant inspections were reduced from quarterly to one or two a year under DBPR, and the food-service inspections by Agriculture were even less frequent.