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St. Augustine restaurants banned from selling alcohol for next 30 days; Other changes in place to combat coronavirus

The change was among several precautions announced during a Facebook live hosted by city leaders to combat COVID-19.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., restaurants, bars and nightclubs in St. Augustine will start operating at 50 percent capacity and are banned from serving alcohol for the next 30 days in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

The change was among several precautions announced during a Facebook live hosted by St. Augustine Mayor Tracy Upchurch and St. Augustine City Manager John Regan. The changes are in accordance with mandates made by Fla. Gov Ron DeSantis as well as recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Businesses and establishments will also practice social distancing, according to Regan.

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Other changes for the city are listed below:

  • St. Augustine City trolley and tour trains will cease operations for the next 15 days beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m. 
  • Street metering and meter parking will stop collecting revenue to minimize people having to touch them. Meters will be properly marked Wednesday.
  • St. Augustine's visitor information center will be closed, but its bathrooms and its parking garage will remain open

Regan said all city operations such as water, waste and sewage will stop operate as normal.

All city parks will also remain open.

To watch the full Facebook livestream, click here.

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