On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a “Stay at Home” order for the entire state of Florida to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus. His executive order came after many individual counties had already ordered citizens to stay home unless they operate essential businesses or need essential services.
To comply with the governor’s executive order, Floridians must limit their “movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities.” The governor will also allocate $2.1 billion to complete road and infrastructure projects now that there are very few people on the road. One of these is the widening of Southern Boulevard in western Palm Beach County.
To see the full executive order, visit: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91-compressed.pdf
Key Highlights of Florida’s Statewide Stay at Home Order
● When did the order go into place?
- The statewide Stay At Home order will officially begin on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:01 am.
● When will the order be lifted?
- The order will be lifted on April 30, 2020.
What are violations and penalties associated with the order?
- Violating the executive order is a second-degree misdemeanor offense. Police officers may question people they see out and about to confirm that they have a lawful reason to be. Anyone caught violating the order may face a 60-day jail sentence.
● What kind of order is it?
- Governor DeSantis’s executive order is a Stay At Home order that allows residents to continue food shopping, caring for pets, and receiving medical care, on top of conducting other essential tasks. Bars, nightclubs, and theme parks will remain closed.
● What are essential businesses?
- Grocery stores, gas stations, child care, pharmacies, exercising outside, mental health services, healthcare services, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities, gun stores, funeral services, waste management, lodging, media services, landscaping and pool care, laundromats and dry cleaners, postal services, church services, hardware stores, food cultivation, restaurants (take-out, delivery, and drive-thru only), and more.
There are now more than 9,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, and 781 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County leads the state for coronavirus deaths with 29 in all.
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At The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, our firm has helped people facing criminal charges in Palm Beach County and surrounding areas for more than 25 years. Attorney Brian P. Gabriel has extensive experience fighting misdemeanor and felony charges. If you’re arrested for violating a stay at home order, contact our firm. Call 561-622-5575 or complete our contact form for a free consultation. You deserve quality representation at this time.