On January 20, the city decided to allow for permit and rally business applications for 2021 Daytona Bike Week. Some of the main drivers in their decision were the fact that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the Daytona rally, and local bars and restaurants volunteered to reduce their occupancy by 40 percent; with that the commissioners felt comfortable enough to give a thumbs-up to the event despite lingering concerns over the pandemic. This year’s big two-wheel bash on the beach will also run its usual 10-day course, unfolding from March 5 to March 14. But there will be rules and restrictions in place this year to remind out-of-towners that COVID-19 is a real thing with deadly consequences; according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, “…city commissioners agreed to issue the permits that allow businesses to temporarily do things outside they normally can’t. But commissioners only agreed to that in exchange for a promise from bars, restaurants, and shops to limit indoor occupancy to 60 percent during the event.…” There will also be enhanced sanitizing measures and distancing arrangements to try to keep people safer.