A change to Gainesville city policy may allow mobile food stands to stay open later-until 3 a.m. Although the current law mandating they close at 10 p.m. is loosely enforced, the extension would solidify food vendors as late night hot spots. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Diaz went downtown where she spoke with the people who will decide the law and those who will be affected by it.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPFoodVendorsDowntownCUT.mp3]
Many small business owners in Gainesville are facing similar decisions as businesses are allowed to reopen according to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Since locally owned businesses do not have oversight from parent companies, decisions regarding how business will run during the pandemic falls to the individual owners.