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Florida's Stay at Home Order, Explained


Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order limits the movements of people in Florida who are not providing or engaging in essential services.

That means people who are not employees of a business that has been deemed essential by guidelines set by the Department of Homeland Security, seeking medical care, trying to purchase essentials like gas, food and medicine, should stay home. 

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office issued a clarification of the statewide order stating people are allowed to attend and conduct religious services during the stay at home order and recreational activities like walking, biking, fishing or swimming, are also allowed.

DeSantis did not offer specifics for enforcing the order, but advised people to “exercise good judgement.”

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, disregarding the executive order may result in a misdemeanor charge.

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.