At least three bars in northern and central Florida announced closures because of virus concerns between Friday and Sunday, as the state’s Department of Health (DOH) confirmed record increases in additional virus diagnoses following days of similar numbers.
Two of the three bars are located in Jacksonville Beach. On Saturday, CBS Jacksonville reporter Jamarlo Phillips shared a photo to Twitter that pictured Lynch’s Irish Pub empty. Local news reports that followed cited comments from the pub’s owner, Keith Doherty, confirming it would close for sanitation, after recent patrons tested positive for the novel virus. On Sunday, Phillips shared a screenshot of a statement shared to Facebook by the owner of the Wreck Tiki Lounge, another Jacksonville Beach bar, announcing its temporary closure.