On April 1, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order Number 20-91 (EO 20-91), which became effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 3 and continues until April 30, requiring all persons in the state of Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside their homes to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or activities. Businesses and organizations are permitted to fill orders placed online or via telephone for delivery, takeout and curbside services.
"Essential services" include the services delineated in the list detailed by the United States Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and any subsequent lists published. It also includes those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachments. The list of essential services includes the following businesses:
Some of the other counties, including Broward and Palm Beach counties, expand on the list provided above by treating companies engaged in "electrical production and distribution services" and "moving, storage and relocation services" as essential.
Under EO 20-91, "essential activities" encompass:
Social gatherings in public locations are not essential activities, and local jurisdictions are required to ensure that groups of more than 10 people are not permitted to congregate in any public space.
DeSantis also provided "safer at home" directives requiring senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) to stay at home.
EO 20-91 supersedes any conflicting official actions or orders issued by local officials in response to COVID-19, but only to the extent that such actions or orders allow essential services or activities prohibited by DeSantis' executive orders, and it does not supersede any prior executive order issued by DeSantis related to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: As you are aware, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, things are changing quickly and the effect, enforceability and interpretation of laws may be affected by future events. The material set forth in this document is not an unequivocal statement of law, but instead represents our best interpretation of where things stand as of the date of first publication. We have not attempted to address the potential impacts of all local, state and federal orders that may have been issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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