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What pandemic? Maskless crowds fill Fort Lauderdale bar to mark its reopening 8...


A bar in Fort Lauderdale was forced to shut down one day after it reopened because unmasked partygoers crowded the business, violating COVID-19 protocols.

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale reopened its doors on Friday after months of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, The Wharf was forced to close its doors once again, with Broward County citing the bar for multiple COVID-19 violations.

One image of The Wharf shows the bar packed with partygoers with very few masks in sight, despite them being a requirement to enter the bar, and no social distancing taking place.

There are now fears the reopening of The Wharf will become the next superspreader event to strike Florida.

An Instagram user posted video of the bar during the reopening, showing dozens of people packed into a small area.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, county code officers ordered The Wharf to shut down for 24 hours at 11pm on Saturday night.

The bar has decided to take that shutdown a step further by remaining closed until they can open again in a way that will be conducive to the environment they'd like to promote.