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Florida Restaurant & Lodging Assn. CEO Talks Positives, Challenges For Restaurants Under 'Phase 1'

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Carol Dover is president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Starting Monday, restaurants will be able to host customers, but at a diminished capacity. Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association CEO Carol Dover about where the industry stands ahead of the governor’s “first step” to re-opening.


0:00- Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Phase 1” of re-opening the state economy permits restaurants to use outdoor seating, and 25 percent indoor capacity for customers. What does that mean for restaurants in terms of positives as they re-open their doors, and challenges that lie ahead?

1:36- COVID-19 has changed consumer behavior a great deal. How will restaurants deal with that going forward?

2:53- As someone who’s plugged in to the industry, what are you hearing from restaurant concerning their readiness, and willingness, to reopen – or not?

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.