The Wharf bar shutting down two days after reopening, citing COVID-19 health crisis

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, a popular bar that reopened Friday after being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, is now closing again.

The bar posted the news on Instagram Sunday: “Unfortunately, due to the statewide spike in cases and local regulations, we will be temporarily shutting down. We will reopen when we are able to provide the proper experience for you at our beautiful outdoor venue.”

A hostess who answered the phone at the bar said she was called in to work to cancel all reservations.

“With the restrictions in place, we are closing today,” she said.

A crowd of partygoers descended on the Wharf over the weekend, spurring fears over whether a night out at the bar might turn into a superspreader event.

Many young revelers weren’t wearing masks or keeping the proper social distance that experts say helps stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he has no plans to issue another lockdown. He has also prohibited local governments from fining people for not wearing masks.

As of Sunday, Broward County has issued 2,138 warnings and citations to businesses that were caught violating protocols in place to help curb the spread of the virus. Code officers found 1,005 businesses were not following social-distancing requirements.

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Susannah Bryan can be reached at or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan


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