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FAQs for Gov. DeSantis’ limited contact order

By Staff | Apr 4, 2020

FAQs for Executive Order 20-91


Q: When did the Governor’s Executive Order take effect? How long does it last?

A: The Governor’s Executive Order took effect Friday, April 3, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. It lasts until Thursday, April 30, 2020, unless extended.

Q: Is the Governor’s Executive Order consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on 30 Days to Slow the Spread?

A: Yes. See the President’s and CDC’s guidance at: www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

Q: May senior citizens and individuals with significant medical conditions leave their homes to go to the grocery store or pharmacy, or go for a walk, or go to work at an essential service?

A: Yes – they may leave their homes when necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.


Q: How do I know what qualifies as an essential service?

A: See the list here: www.floridadisaster.org/

Q: How do I know what qualifies as an essential activity?

A: The Governor’s Executive Order lists 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.

See the list here: www.floridadisaster.org/

Q: If my business is not an essential service, must I close the physical location to customers?

A: Yes.

Q: Am I allowed to continue my business from home or remotely?

A: Yes – the Governor’s Executive Order encourages individuals to work from home.

Q: May my business and its employees operate remotely and provide delivery of our product?

A: Yes – all businesses are encouraged to provide delivery or pickup and to take orders online or by telephone.

Q: Does my business need a permit or other documentation to remain open?

A: No.

Q: Are restaurants, or other sellers of food and beverage, permitted to continue takeout and delivery services?

A: Yes. See Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) guidance at: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency/

Q: May churches, synagogues, or other houses of worship hold services?

A: Yes. The Florida Department of Health encourages them to follow CDC guidance specific to faith organizations: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html

Q: May childcare centers remain open?

A: Yes – for employees working at businesses or operations that are essential services, to the extent those childcare centers adhere to social distancing.

Q: May gun stores remain open?

A: Yes.


Q: May I exercise outside or participate in recreational activities?

A: Yes – if consistent with social distancing guidelines as published by the CDC.

Q: Can I visit or travel to a family member?

A: Yes – if caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.


Q: Are local authorities allowed to adopt requirements directly on businesses, operations or venues, including buildings, beaches and parks, that may be stricter than the Governor’s Executive Order?

A: Yes.

Q: How is the Governor’s Executive Order enforced?

A: By law enforcement. Violation of the Governor’s Executive Order is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Q: Where can I report a business that violates the Governor’s Executive Order?

A: Local law enforcement.

Q: Do I need a special permit to leave my house if I am going to an essential service or essential activity?

A: No. Some businesses may wish to provide a letter to employees to clarify that their business is indeed an essential service.


Q: If I need counseling, can I receive it?

A: Yes. For specific information on COVID-19 counseling, contact the Florida Department of Health at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Source: Office of the Governor