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Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis

UPDATE:

Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective on April 3.

“If you’re engaged in essential services, if you’re seeking essential services, if you’re engaging in essential services,” it will be allowed, he said during a televised press conference.

“This thing is really nasty,” DeSantis added.

According to the language of Executive Order 20-91:

SAFER AT HOME

– Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

– In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

– For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, “essential services” means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.

– Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders.

– Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions. The online list shall be available on the Division of Emergency Management’s website at www.floridadisaster.org and the Florida Department of Health’s website at www.floridahealth.gov.

– Nothing in this order prohibits individuals from working from home; indeed, this Order encourages individuals to work from home.

– All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.

ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES

– For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, “essential activities” means and encompasses the following:

– Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and

– Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and

– Taking care of pets; and

– Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.

– Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.

– A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.

In addition, it notes that the order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order.”

The order is effective as of 12:01 a.m. April 3.

It shall expire on April 30, unless extended by a subsequent order.

Executive Order 20-68 (bars, restaurants) and Executive Order 20-71 (alcohol sales, restaurants) shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

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ORIGINAL (April 1, 2020):

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will issue a statewide stay-at-home order effective at midnight April 3.

The order has not yet been outlined; there will be exceptions.

“If you’re engaged in essential services, if you’re seeking essential services, if you’re engaging in essential services,” it will be allowed, he said during a televised press conference.

Health care, financial, media, government and groceries are among the essential services expected to be outlined.

“This thing is really nasty,” DeSantis said.