ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando bar catering to University of Central Florida students had its liquor license suspended after more than 40 people who went there upon its reopening caught the coronavirus.

What You Need To Know

  • Knight’s Pub gets alcohol license pulled

  • Employees, patrons tested positive for COVID-19

  • State order says pub violated governor’s executive order

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) released the emergency order for The Knight’s Pub Monday, stating 13 employees tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing determined at least 28 patrons tested positive.

The order states on June 5 and 6, the Knight’s Pub violated the governor’s executive order, which states bars can operate with seated service only and social distancing measures must be enforced. 

Pictures pulled from The Knight’s Pub’s Facebook page — and included in DBPR’s order as exhibits — show crowds of 20-somethings inside. The governor’s executive order also states indoor capacity must be reduced to 50 percent.

“This emergency license action is based on a finding that immediate danger to public health, safety, or welfare requires suspension of the license to avoid future harm,” DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears states in the emergency order.


The liquor license is suspended until further administrative proceedings.

Speaking in Orlando Tuesday with Beshears at his side, Gov. DeSantis said the state would have no tolerance for businesses who flagrantly violate the guidelines.

"They were done basically on consultation with folks in the medical, business communities, the community as a whole, so we would be able to have low-risk environments operating," DeSantis said. "And if you're not willing to do that, then you're going to get a visit here from, I guess (Beshears) will be kind of the grim reaper in terms of business licenses." 

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is now stepping in and announced it will be cracking down on bars and restaurants that are not complying with CDC guidelines.

According to the department, ATF officers will be out at bars from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., hoping to crack down on businesses not doing their part to control the spread of COVID-19. 

If bars or restaurants do not comply, they will receive a warning, and if they still do not comply then, the state will remove their license. ​

The median age for coronavirus cases in Orange County has dropped significantly since phase two of Florida’s reopening. Dr. Raul Pino with the Department of Health in Orange County says 43 percent of positive cases reported in the last two weeks are from people ages 20 to 29.

Sign up now for one of our newsletters that will show up in your inbox every weekday at 1 p.m. The newsletters highlight the most important stories of the day that you need to know for your area.

Spectrum News 13 newsletter

Spectrum Bay News 9 newsletter