In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Florida issued several executive orders which closed or severely restricted the operation of bars. A group of Central Florida bars brought action for having been adversely affected by such orders. More precisely, they alleged that the temporary closure and later restrictions of their businesses constituted governmental takings that amounted to inverse condemnation entitling them to compensation.

On 8 April 2022, the District Court of Appeal of Florida affirmed the first instance decision denying the plaintiffs’ claims arguing that, in light of the high levels of virus spread and mortality, COVID orders represented a valid use of the state’s police power to protect the general welfare.

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