Florida bar quickly closes after it’s packed with maskless crowds at reopening

Florida bar quickly closes after it’s packed with maskless crowds at reopening


A South Florida bar was flooded by swarms of maskless partygoers upon reopening for the first time since the pandemic began — only to get shut down by officials for violating pandemic-related rules, a report said Sunday.

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale was inundated over the weekend by young people dancing, drinking and ignoring social distancing protocols — prompting county code officers to intervene, the South Florida-Sentinel reported.

“If they’re not making patrons wear masks, they’re leaving us no option other than to shut them down,” Broward Mayor Steve Geller told the newspaper.

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“Our goal is not to shut down businesses. It’s to get compliance. If we have to shut down businesses that are intentionally violating our laws, maybe that will send a message. They have to obey our orders for the safety of the public.”

A neighboring doctor said he walked by the watering hole around 9 p.m. Friday — its opening day — and was shocked by the

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