Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.

823.06 Doors of public buildings to open outward.

All buildings erected in this state for theatrical, operatic, or other public entertainments of whatsoever kind shall be so constructed that the shutters to all entrances to said building shall open outwardly and be so arranged as to readily allow any person inside said building to escape therefrom in case of fire or other accident. Any owner, manager, lessee, or other person having charge of any public building for the use expressed herein who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

The intent of this law was to ensure that, in the event of fire or other catastrophe, crowds could exit a building as quickly as possible. If doors opened inwards, a mass of people huddled around the door would prevent its opening and therefore trap everyone inside.

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