What Does Gov. DeSantis’ Safer at Home Order Mean?

By Zachary T. Sampson.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced a stay-at-home order for Floridians. The state was slower than many to take such a strict measure.

When does the order take effect?

Friday at 12:01 a.m. It’s supposed to be in place until April 30.

How is this different than the local orders in Pinellas and Hillsborough?

The local orders were more permissible in places than the new state mandate appears to be. In both Pinellas and Hillsborough, non-essential businesses were allowed to stay open if they followed social distancing rules, sticking to groups of 10 or fewer people with customers at least 6 feet apart.

DeSantis’ order would seem to shut that down, not by explicitly telling non-essential businesses to close but by adopting restrictions on who can leave their homes and for what reasons.

Who has to stay at home?

Anyone who isn’t going out for essential work or an essential activity (like grocery shopping, more on that below).

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