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Florida Governor Issues Safer-At-Home Order Updated

Published on Apr 1, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home order Wednesday after consulting with President Donald Trump and White House advisers, who have said that Americans need to stay home throughout April.
To read an official copy of the order go to Florida Governor Stay-At-Home Executive Order.

The biggest question Floridians probably have: What is and isn't allowed?

What's allowed

  • Floridians can go to the grocery store or pharmacy for food and essential items. Senior shopping hours are still in effect, too.
  • You can take a walk, ride your bikes, jog and be outside for exercise, as long as you practice social distancing guidelines like stay 6 feet away from others.
  • You can go to a restaurant to order takeout. The order states: "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."
  • You can go to medical appointments, however, check with your doctor first or consider virtual visits.
  • You can care for a family member or loved one.
What's NOT Allowed
  • You can't go to work unless you are providing essential service as defined by the order. Individuals are encouraged to work from home.
  • You can't visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
  • You can't ignore social distancing guidelines and must maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and others when you go out.
Essential Businesses

Here's a general list of essential businesses, which must institute social distancing practices:

  • Health care workers
  • Law enforcement and other first responders
  • Groceries, pharmacies and convenience stores
  • Restaurants serving take-out or delivery
  • Grocery delivery services
  • Gas stations
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Mailing and shipping companies
  • Private colleges
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Pet supply stores
  • Office supply stores
  • Transportation services
  • Newspapers, radio, television or other media companies
  • Energy companies
  • Utility companies
  • Factories or other industrial manufacturing services
  • Sanitation services
  • Car dealerships
  • Hotels
  • Funeral homes
  • Marinas and other marina services
  • University and college dormitories
  • Firearm stores
  • Any business providing services to the government
For a comprehensive list of essential businesses, go to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce website.