Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Launches Seal of Commitment, Safety Promise to Guests

TALLAHASSEE—Today, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) launched a new standard for hospitality safety and sanitation practices, the FRLA Seal of Commitment. The Seal of Commitment demonstrates that the establishment meets thorough safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA. Awarded establishments have invested considerable resources to ensure the establishment, staff, and guests remain Read More

DBPR Provides Clarification on Bar Closures in Amended Emergency Order

On July 1, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) released an Amended Emergency Order 2020-09 to amend and clarify operating restrictions for bars and restaurants set forth in Emergency Order 2020-09, which was issued on Friday, June 26.  This Order does not modify the exclusion of the South Florida counties who were Read More


FRLA has received numerous inquiries regarding DBPR Emergency Order 2020-09, which prohibits the on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars, effective Friday June 26, 2020. It is FRLA’s understanding that Emergency Order 2020-09 does not alter provisions of Executive Order 20-139, section 4.A., effective June 5, 2020, which states in relevant part that “Restaurants and other establishments…may operate at fifty (50) Read More

BREAKING NEWS: DBPR Suspends On-Premises Alcohol Sales at Bars

BREAKING NEWS: Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has suspended on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. On June 26,  DBPR issued Emergency Order 2020-09 prohibiting on-site consumption of alcohol for establishments who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Such vendors may continue Read More

FRLA Encourages All Florida Residents and Visitors to Wear Masks, Releases Updated Operating Recommendations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2020 TALLAHASSEE – In response to the Florida Department of Health issuing an updated public health advisory over the weekend, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) today issued updated safety and operating guidance for members of Florida’s hospitality industry to ensure employee and guest safety. Among the recommendations, FRLA Read More