HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Vaccines are required to eat inside a Holmes Beach restaurant. Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy made the decision, given the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.
He tells 8 On Your Side that he’s doing everything possible to keep his business safe.
“People come to dinner because they feel safe,” Murphy said.
Murphy believes his Beach Bistro restaurant is one of the safest in the country. He says it started with purifying the air.
“The air here is rotated every two or three minutes,” Murphy said.
Then he wanted to vaccinate 100 percent of his staff, which they accomplished. Now he is asking customers to be fully vaccinated before entering the restaurant.
“My job is to make this space as safe as possible for my family, staff and clients,” Murphy said.
Earlier this week, the CDC again urged unvaccinated people to get vaccinated and wear a mask until they do. The agency also recommended that people who have been fully vaccinated again wear masks indoors.
Gov. Ron DeSantis mocked the CDC’s latest mask guidelines and said on Friday there would be no lockdown.
“There will be no restrictions and no warrant in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.
“It’s about science, it’s not about politics, myth or magic,” Murphy said when asked about the governor’s recent comments.
Families were happy to hear about the change at the restaurant and are hopeful that other businesses will follow suit.
“You sure hope so, I mean, I think they would,” said one client.
“It was important for us to do this in our space, but I think what we’re doing encourages other restaurateurs,” said Murphy.
Murphy says the restaurant can’t get proof of vaccination, so they take people at their word. He says so far they have only turned away less than five people.