Key Re-Opening Tips & Potential Legal Issues

February 11, 2021

Co-Authored By: Marbet Lewis, Partner
Jonathan Portuondo, Associate Attorney

The alcohol and hospitality industries are among some of the hardest hit by the 2020 pandemic.  While there is light at the end of the tunnel, there are still many obstacles facing full reopening including ongoing social distancing requirements and how we can bring large workforces back together safely.  Accordingly, businesses should be developing and adhering to reopening protocols that guide employees not only on required social distancing practices but also address more controversial issues such as Covid-19 testing requirements, use of paid time off (“PTO”) for illnesses or mandated quarantines that prevent an employee from performing the essential functions of their positions, or requiring qualified employees to be vaccinated.  While vaccine distribution has been slow, concerns surrounding employer mandated vaccination are already making headlines.

To help facilitate reopening and a return to full capacity as allowed, we have put together a short general list of key areas for consideration in developing reopening plans starting with updating social distancing practices:

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Managing Partner Steven W. Zelkowitz Talks to The Miami Herald on “Meet the Reubens, the Mysterious U.K. Family Taking the Wynwood Restaurant Kyu Global”

By Rene Rodriguez | February 3, 2020 | LINK TO ARTICLE

One of the wealthiest families in the world has gone on an investment spree around the globe, including South Florida. But you’ve probably never even heard of them.

The Reuben family, headed by self-made billionaire brothers David and Simon, spent more than $565 million in U.S. acquisitions in the calendar year 2020 alone, including a minority stake in the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa.

The family also provided $920 million in financing for hotels around the U.S., including the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami-Dade and Manhattan’s Park Lane.

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Managing Partner Steven W. Zelkowitz Speaks to The Miami Herald on “Downtown Miami’s Security Building — and WeWork Site — Faces $46M Foreclosure Lawsuit”

The owner of the historic Security Building in Downtown Miami is facing a $46 million foreclosure after failing to pay rent.

The Denver-based investment firm Platform Capital Funding filed a foreclosure lawsuit against Security Building AR Owner LLC in the 11th Circuit Miami-Dade Judicial Court in December. It also sued Richard Weisfisch, Andrew Joblon, Arash Gohari and Daniel Gohari, guarantors who were hired to ensure Security Building AR Owner LLC paid its loan.

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Managing Partner Steven Zelkowitz Featured by The National Law Review

Law Firm News and Updates for January 2021: Law Firm Merger, Diversity in Legal Industry and Law School News

Steven W. Zelkowitz joined Spiritus Law as Managing Partner, reuniting with Spiritus law founding partners Marbet and Robert Lewis.  Additionally, Jonathan Portuondo is joining Spiritus Law as an associate. Spiritus Law will be focusing on helping firm hospitality clients recover from the pandemic.

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Managing Partner Steven W. Zelkowitz is Featured by Connect Florida: CRE on “Steven Zelkowitz Joins Spiritus Law as Managing Partner in Miami”

January 20, 2021 | LINK TO ARTICLE

Spiritus Law has tapped Steven Zelkowitz as managing partner in the law firm’s Miami office. Zelkowitz previously worked with the firm’s founding partners, Marbet and Robert Lewis, for more than 10 years. Jonathan Portuondo is also joining the firm as an associate and will work closely with Zelkowitz.

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Managing Partner Steven W. Zelkowitz Featured by MiamiToday in its Weekly “People” Section

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About Spiritus Law:

Spiritus Law is an entrepreneurial regulatory and business law firm focused on the representation of highly regulated industries by offering legal services in the areas of alcohol and tobacco law, federal, state and local regulatory and business licensing, hospitality law and licensing, commercial and residential development, land use and zoning, real estate transactions, government relations, banking and lending, general commercial retail including the retail sale of regulated products and public/private partnership transactions. The Firm is founded on traditional principles of client counseling and teamwork with a cutting-edge twist on regulatory innovation and modern problem-solving. Spiritus Law combines a unique blend of professionals, including attorneys, government consultants, licensing assistants and paralegals to assist its diverse clients. Our modern approach to transparent client representation and employee engagement defines our collaborative spirit and progressive energy.

Core Services:

Primary service areas include: Alcohol Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Alcohol Production & Distribution Transactions, Financial Services, Food & Hospitality Industry Compliance, Infrastructure & Development, Public/Private Partnerships, Real Estate, Administrative Enforcement Defense. Our firm services an array of highly regulated industries, including alcohol producers, sports teams, hotels, restaurants, theme parks, movie theaters, grocery stores, liquor stores, bars, commercial developers, municipal governments, investment firms and individual investors, lending institutions, security service providers, firearms suppliers and more.

Managing Partner Steven W. Zelkowitz Featured by Law360 in Q&A: “Spiritus’ Zelkowitz Talks Hospitality, Rejoining Old Colleagues”

Miami-based boutique firm Spiritus Law announced this week that it hired the former managing partner of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Miami office, Steven Zelkowitz, to boost its hospitality services.

At Spiritus, the attorney is reuniting with two former colleagues, co-founding partners Rob and Marbet Lewis.

Here, Law360 chats with Zelkowitz about his move and the Miami hospitality and real estate landscape heading into 2021.

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Managing Partner Steven Zelkowitz Featured by Daily Business Review in “Citing Low ‘Traction’ in Building Fox Rothschild’s Miami Office, Partner Jumps to Boutique”

By Dan Roe | January 14, 2021 at 05:23 PM  | LINK TO ARTICLE

Steven W. Zelkowitz, who has rejoined former colleagues at Spiritus Law, said, “Fox Rothschild is a great firm, but we couldn’t get the traction we hoped for in the Miami office.”

After spending the last two and a half years as managing partner of Fox Rothschild’s Miami office, Steven W. Zelkowitz has left for six-attorney regulatory boutique Spiritus Law.

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Managing Partner Steven Zelkowitz Featured by Law360 in “Spiritus Law Snaps Up Fox Rothschild Partner”

Law360 (January 13, 2021, 1:34 PM EST) — Miami-based Spiritus Law on Monday scooped up the former managing partner for Fox Rothschild’s Miami office and a past colleague to the firm’s two founding partners to help expand its hospitality services.

Steven W. Zelkowitz comes over to Spiritus Law as managing partner from Fox Rothschild, which he joined after 13 years at GrayRobinson where he was managing shareholder of its Miami office.

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Managing Partner Steven Zelkowitz Featured by CoStar News in “Spiritus Law Grows Hospitality, Retail Services”

Boutique entrepreneurial regulatory and business law firm Spiritus Law has hired Steven W. Zelkowitz as managing partner.

Zelkowitz, who previously worked with the firm’s founding partners, Marbet Lewis and Robert F. Lewis, will expand Spiritus Law’s core services and bolster efforts to assist hospitality and retail clients struggling to recover from the pandemic, according to the firm.

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Managing Partner from Fox Rothschild’s Miami Office Joins Boutique Firm Spiritus Law

MIAMI, FLORIDA – January 11, 2021 Spiritus Law announced today that Steven W. Zelkowitz has joined the firm as Managing Partner. Mr. Zelkowitz previously worked with the firm’s founding partners, Marbet and Robert Lewis, for more than 10 years. Today, the team is reunited to expand Spiritus Law’s core services and bolster recovery efforts for its hospitality clients that are struggling to recover from the pandemic. Jonathan Portuondo is also joining Spiritus Law as an associate and will work closely with Mr. Zelkowitz.

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Founding Partner Robert F. Lewis Speaks to Law360 on “Florida Legislation To Watch In 2021”

The crisis has upended agendas at what is also a time of political transition, with new leaders in the Legislature and changing dynamics following the Nov. 3 election. But experts told Law360 that the tumult of 2020 may also bring focus to the task ahead and could lead to substantial policy achievements.

“I think anytime you’re in crisis mode, it has a tendency to unite people so that everybody is rowing the same direction,” said Beth Vecchioli, a senior policy adviser on Holland & Knight LLP’s Florida government advocacy team.

Here is what the experts say to watch for in Tallahassee this year.

Founding Partner Robert F. Lewis Speaks to the South Florida Business Journal on “Covid-19 Relief Includes Tax Cut that Would Benefit South Florida Brewers, Distillers”

By Matthew Arrojas  – Reporter, South Florida Business Journal – 12/23/2020

An excise tax cut was passed in 2017, but is set to expire at the end of 2020.

Congress’ proposed stimulus deal includes a tax cut that, if signed into law, could have major implications for local breweries and distilleries.

The alcohol production industry has benefitted from an excise tax cut since the start of 2018, which reduces the tax burden for small businesses that produce beer and spirits by about 80%. However, that tax reduction is set to expire at the end of the year, which would result in a 400% tax increase for most local craft brewers and distilleries.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to The Daily Business Review on “Cheers! South Florida Lawyers Predict That Night Life Will Revive Hospitality Sector”

This year, the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the South Florida hospitality industry, but attorneys expect next year to be different.

Marbet Lewis is expecting an increase in litigation on the commercial side. She said when the coronavirus pandemic struck “everyone moved so quickly, and a lot of businesses just accepted the regulations as they came out.”

Marbet Lewis Speaks to Miami New Times on “Tootsie’s Strip Club Breaks Curfew — and Starts a COVID Bar Brawl”

 OCTOBER 20, 2020 | 1:01PM | LINK TO ARTICLE

This past Friday, a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit filed by a Miami Gardens strip club essentially struck down Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 curfew — and, in the process, allowed area restaurants and bars to remain open past midnight.

Three days later, an appeals court judge slammed on the brakes, at least for the time being.

On Friday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko issued an injunction allowing Tootsie’s Cabaret to conduct business until its regular 6 a.m. closing time. Butchko ruled that the curfew conflicts with Phase Three of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statewide reopening plan prohibiting municipalities from restricting the reopening of businesses and requiring that businesses “must be allowed to operate at least at 50 percent capacity, regardless of local rule.”

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Marbet Lewis Speaks to The Real Deal on “Retail’s Reopening Rollercoaster: ‘Confusion and Hesitation and Fear'”

By Katherine Kallergis, TRD Reporter | October 13, 2020

South Florida retailers could be forgiven if they needed a minute to process the news that Gov. Ron DeSantis had moved the state into its third and final phase of reopening.

After months of mandated closures amid a stop-start economy, the late September announcement meant that in Miami-Dade County, bars and nightclubs could reopen for indoor activity. While it allowed for up to 100 percent capacity, the declaration still came with regional restrictions. It also came just two weeks after the county mayor, Carlos Gimenez, said he didn’t expect to reopen bars and nightclubs until a vaccine was available.

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Spiritus Law’s “Raise Our Spirits at Home” Contest Offers Local Bartenders the Chance to Win $350 in Prize Money! Contest Ends 10/23/2020.

Miami, FL – October 1, 2020 – For Immediate Release

In an effort to help Raise Our Spirits while sheltering-in-place, Spiritus Law created this contest to help keep our creativity flowing and give back to the those within our industry who need it most. We invite bartenders to submit their creative cocktail recipes virtually and offer them a chance to win $350 in prize money paid instantly!

The contest will begin on Monday, October 5, 2020 and will end on October 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to Naples Daily News on “Southwest Florida Bars Prepare to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, But Will People Return?”

Southwest Florida Bars Prepare to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, But Will People Return?

By Sarajane Sullivan | Naples Daily News | LINK TO ARTICLE

Published at 5:01 PM on Friday, September 11, 2020

Bars and breweries in Southwest Florida are preparing to reopen Monday and hope customers return.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Thursday night rescinded the amended executive order that had ordered all bars to shut down as of June 26. The agency said bars and breweries may reopen at 50% capacity.

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Founding Partner Robert Lewis Speaks to the South Florida Sun Sentinel on how “Bars Begin Serving Sandwiches, Hot Dogs and More to Reopen During COVID-19”

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL SEP 05, 2020  11:00 AM | LINK TO ARTICLE

Bar owners whose businesses were shut down in the fight against COVID-19 are now offering food so they can reopen — but they’re going about it in starkly different ways.

Some bars in the state say they’re doing as little as serving customers food out of a Crock-Pot, while others say they’re going all out, spending thousands of dollars to buy sinks, stoves and refrigerators.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to The Associated Press on “To-Go Drinks an Elixir for Public, a Lifeline for Business”

To-Go Drinks an Elixir for Public, a Lifeline for Business

By DEE-ANN DURBIN |  LINK TO ARTICLE

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus is shaking up America’s liquor laws.

At least 33 states and the District of Columbia are temporarily allowing cocktails to-go during the pandemic. Only two — Florida and Mississippi — allowed them on a limited basis before coronavirus struck, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Struggling restaurants say it’s a lifeline, letting them rehire bartenders, pay rent and reestablish relationships with customers. But others want states to slow down, saying the decades-old laws help ensure public safety.Continue reading

Spiritus Law’s Founding Partners Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America in the Category of Food & Beverage Law

Miami – August 20, 2020 – Spiritus Law announced that their Founding Partners, Marbet Lewis and Robert Lewis, have been included in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Robert has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015. This is Marbet’s second year being recognized and is among a limited selection of attorneys from Florida in this category. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Issues New Executive Order 20-192

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-192 earlier this week. This Order amends previous employee screening requirements for restaurant employees. Employees who have previously tested positive no longer need to receive two negative tests before they can return to work. Employers are still required to implement screening protocols pursuant to CDC guidance. Delays in receiving test results in Florida were causing significant time gaps in clearance for returning to work which may have influenced this Order. The Order also removes the requirement that employees who have traveled through an airport in the last 14 days be prohibited from working in a restaurant.

Click Here to View Executive Order 20-192

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About Spiritus Law:

Spiritus Law is an entrepreneurial law firm focused on business regulatory licensing, trade practice compliance and business conflict resolution for highly regulated industries dealing in alcohol production and distribution, hospitality services, commercial development and international business transactions. The Firm is founded on traditional principles of client counseling and teamwork, with a cutting-edge twist on regulatory innovation and modern problem-solving. Spiritus Law combines a unique blend of professionals, including attorneys, government consultants, licensing assistants and paralegals to assist its diverse clients.  We leverage our unparalleled experience working with government agencies and judicial courts on the federal, state and local levels to develop compliance business operation strategies and resolve business conflicts and disputes.

Primary service areas include Alcohol Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Alcohol Production & Distribution Transactions, and Food & Hospitality Industry Compliance. The Alcohol Industry Group focuses on providing complete food and alcohol licensing and regulatory services in the development of licensing structures and business operational guidelines for the manufacturing, importation, purchase and retail sale and service of alcoholic beverages.

Spiritus Law Welcomes Loy A. “Tony” Haynes as Federal Regulatory Consultant

Ex-ATF Division Chief Joins South Florida’s Spiritus Law as Regulatory Consultant

A former chief at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joins Spiritus Law in Coral Gables as a federal regulatory consultant.

Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to CBS4 News Miami in TV Segment Titled – “Miami-Dade Restaurant Owners Prepare For Indoor Dining Restrictions”

By Karli Barnett | July 8, 2020 at 11:10 pm | LINK TO ARTICLE & INTERVIEW

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade restaurant owners are preparing to close to indoor dining starting Thursday.

At KYU in Wynwood, barricades outside the front of the restaurant enclose a row of nine metal tables, each with four seats. Café lights and greenery add some aesthetic, while giant fans and a tent keep things as cool as possible.

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Founding Partner Robert Lewis Quoted by The Daily Business Review in “Miami-Dade Restaurants ‘Disheartened’ by Second Order to Close as COVID-19 Numbers Climb”

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez orders restaurants to suspend dining room service again, potentially dealing them a bigger blow than if they stayed closed all along.
By Lidia Dinkova | July 07, 2020 at 01:04 PM | LINK TO ARTICLE

Miami-Dade County restaurants were dealt a second — and potentially bigger — blow when the mayor ordered a halt to dining room operations in light of skyrocketing COVID-19 infections.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Quoted in The Miami Herald “Miami-Dade Restaurants, Gyms Closing Again Under New Order Targeting COVID Surge”

BY DOUGLAS HANKS, SAMANTHA GROSS, AND CARLOS FRÍAS
JULY 06, 2020 11:52 AM , UPDATED JULY 06, 2020 10:20 PM

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Miami-Dade County restaurants must close dining rooms and gyms must shut down again this week under a planned emergency order Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Monday as he continues to retreat from a May reopening plan that’s been unable to prevent a surge in new COVID cases.

“We want to ensure that our hospitals continue to have the staffing necessary to save lives,” Gimenez said in a statement Monday.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Interviewed by Channel 7 News Miami for Segment Titled “Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to Close Restaurant Dining Rooms; Delivery & Takeout Still Allowed”

July 6, 2020 | LINK TO ARTICLE & VIDEO

Johari Canty | Alex Browning | Andrew Scheinthal

MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he will be signing an emergency order issuing more closures across the county.

The mayor announced he will be signing an order closing restaurant dining rooms, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, gyms and fitness centers, and short-term rentals.

Restaurants will still be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services.

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Spiritus Law Announced Today that Loy A. “Tony” Haynes has joined the firm as Regulatory Consultant to assist Alcohol Suppliers and Distributors with COVID-19 pandemic operational obstacles.

Miami – July 6, 2020 – Spiritus Law announced today that Loy A. “Tony” Haynes has joined the firm as a federal regulatory consultant. Haynes previously worked with the Spiritus Law team and will support the firm’s federal regulatory practice as alcohol producers and distributors encounter new regulatory issues resulting from emerging COVID-19 business interruption and required operational changes. Haynes brings vast experience as a governmental consultant advising on licensing and compliance matters relating to alcohol manufacturing, importation and distribution. Haynes is a former chief of the National Revenue Center under the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), now known as the Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (the “TTB”), one of many positions he held during his 32-year tenure with the ATF.

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Week in Headlines & New Rules for Bars, Restaurants & Hotels in South Florida

The spike in COVID-19 infections is raising red flags and concerns throughout Florida but more so in southern counties and municipalities like Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Many new restrictions are aimed at controlling and reducing the 4th of July crowds and large celebrations throughout the weekend. Please note that the below is a summarized list of common social distancing requirements, guidelines, and new emergency order highlights, but is not inclusive of all restrictions and requirements. Please be sure to check with your local jurisdiction to confirm the most recent operating requirements and permitted hours of operation and alcohol consumption.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Quoted by The Hernando Sun in “Bars Ordered to Stop Serving Alcohol as Cases Spike”

June 26, 2020

by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida

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TALLAHASSEE — Recently reopened bars have been ordered to stop serving alcohol for on-site consumption because of a spike in coronavirus cases, particularly among young adults, and non-compliance with social distancing rules.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears, whose agency regulates the industry, tweeted the order on Friday morning.

“Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide,” Beshears tweeted.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to CBS4 News Miami on “Restaurants At Crossroads Of Trying To Stay Within COVID-Related Rules And Trying To Stay In Business”

By Hank Tester | June 23, 2020 at 11:16 pm

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The reopening of South Florida seems to bring a new set of challenges each day.

Many restaurant owners in particular find themselves at a crossroads of trying to stay within the rules and trying to stay in business.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to the South Florida Business Journal – “Local Attorney Offers Tips for Restaurants to Prevent Shutdowns”

By Matthew Arrojas – Reporter, South Florida Business Journal

June 23, 2020

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A citywide crackdown on businesses following safety guidelines resulted in the shutdown of three Miami restaurants on Friday night by police.

As new cases of Covid-19 continue to spike in Florida and across the tri-county region, government officials are ramping up enforcement of precautionary measures to prevent another shutdown.

With these more severe punishments – particularly in Miami-Dade County – it’s important that restaurateurs ensure they are in compliance with the new coronavirus-related guidelines like mask requirements, social distancing mandates and maximum capacity rules, said Marbet Lewis, founding partner of Coral Gables-based Spiritus Law.

Lewis has spent the last three months guiding business owners through the new regulations. She told the Business Journal what some of the more common pitfalls have been for food and beverage businesses, and how they can be avoided.

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Re-Opening Florida – Capacity Restriction & Operational Guidance Highlights for Restaurants

Florida’s Governor and the varying county mayors have issued a variety of emergency orders and social distancing guidelines throughout the past several months.  The hospitality industry is headed toward recovery, but social distancing continues to require operational pivoting and innovative floor-plan reconfigurations. Below are some of the main operational highlights common across Florida that we’d like to point out for your reference.  Please note that applicable regulations are in constant flux and changing rapidly.  Please confirm the restrictions applicable to your business with your legal counsel or local code enforcement officials as restrictions may differ from the general information provided below.

We’re also providing a sample floor plan reconfiguration we created with the aid of our own Office Services Manager, and previous restaurant owner, Joe Carpintero!

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis Speaks to Florida Today on “Rebuilding America: As Brevard Restaurants Come Back Online, What Does the Future Hold?”

By Suzy Fleming Leonard | Published 6:00 a.m. ET May 25, 2020

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The one certainty restaurants have faced during the novel coronavirus pandemic is uncertainty.

As the country comes back online at the speed of a ’90s dial-up modem, restaurant owners are trying to find ways to follow social distancing guidelines, cater to an uneasy clientele, keep guests and staff healthy and turn a profit.

“The entire industry is reinventing itself,” said Marbet Lewis of Spiritus Law Attorneys at Law, a Coral Gables law firm that works with the hospitality industry.

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The Daily Business Review Publishes Feature Profile on Spiritus Law Founding Partner Robert Lewis

Grab a Drink While Social Distancing? Attorney Talks Marriage of Irreconcilable Concepts

A Coral Gables hospitality attorney who is helping retailers stay afloat during the coronavirus economic crisis says the next step is to reconcile the opposing concepts of social distancing and profits.

By Lidia Dinkova | May 22, 2020 at 10:56 AM

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South Florida’s slowly reopening hospitality industry faces the dichotomy of turning a profit amid mandates for venues to remain well-below capacity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorney Robert Lewis says it can be done, and he should know.

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Founding Partner Marbet Lewis publishes her article “More Permanent Regulatory Flexibility Required to Revive Hospitality’s Long-Term Survival” in Modern Restaurant Management.

4 Min Read | By Marbet Lewis

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Restaurants and hospitality venues remain closed throughout the U.S. with little guidance on anticipated timelines or re-opening strategies. Beyond the current operational and financial issues plaguing the hospitality industry lies a very difficult reality. There is no “on” switch that will bring our hospitality industry back to service. Long-term success will depend on re-envisioning traditional concepts and strategic development of new operational practices that integrate practical social distancing protocols with more permanent delivery/take-out platforms. However, our legislative system is not flexible enough to pivot with the changing times and needs of the hospitality industry. Any short-term progress must be supported by long-term regulatory changes with attention to a new normal that may mean reduced on-site capacity and stringent illness contamination control policies.Continue reading

Founding Partner Robert Lewis Speaks to the South Florida Business Journal on “Liability lawsuits: What Should Businesses Worry About as They Re-Open?”

By Ashley Portero

May 13, 2020, 2:38pm EDT

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As some businesses prepare to reopen after nearly two months of closures, some owners fear they could face liability lawsuits if they open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A recent National Federation of Independent Business survey of its members found 70% of small business owners are concerned about liability claims when reopening their businesses.

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Founding Partner Robert Lewis Interviewed by CBS4 News Miami on How Restaurant Owners Will Need to be Creative Given the Likely Capacity Limits as Part of Miami-Dade County’s First Phase of Re-Opening

South Miami Mayor Sally Philips Wants To Make Sure Reopening Isn’t ‘Putting People In Jeopardy’

By Ty Russell | 

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida leaders are preparing for a phase one opening, and so are restaurants.

Shannon Allen and her husband, former NBA player Ray Allen, own “Grown” organic fast food restaurant near South Miami.

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