Executive Order 20-91 was announced Wednesday afternoon by Governor Ron DeSantis.
The order directs all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
The order also states that senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition* shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. (*such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease)
It goes into effect 12:01 am on April 3, 2020, will last for 30 days, and expire April 30th.
To see the full list of essential services and essential activities CLICK HERE.
"There are a lot of places in Florida with a very low infection rates. It makes sense to make this move now," Desantis said in his online streaming announcement Wednesday.
He also said he spoke with the President who agreed on "focusing on the hot spots" but at the same time President Trump "understood this is another 30 day situation and you gotta do what makes the most sense."
The Governor said he is using what has been done in Miami-Dade County regarding essential services.
Florida has 6,954 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus. More than 30 states have already enacted state-wide stay at home orders and the only state with over 5,000 cases that hadn't enacted the order according to Orlando Sentinel.
The order is based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees. This is being done in concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19.
This Order supersedes any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COY ID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order.