Every Essential Service & Activity You Can Do In Orlando During the Statewide Safer At Home Order

You're allowed to shop for groceries and more during Executive Order 20-91

The Safer at Home Florida Statewide Executive Order

  • Executive Order 20-91 was announced Wednesday April 1st by Governor Ron DeSantis during a live online announcement. It is a "Safer at Home" executive order and not a "Stay at Home" order. Read about the differences HERE.

What You're Allowed to Do:

  1. You can leave your house to obtain essential services. (Defined below)

  2. You can leave your house to provide essential services. (Defined below)

  3. You can leave your house to conduct essential activities. (Defined below)

When It Starts

  • This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020.

When it Ends

  • This Order will expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order.

What the Order Says

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

Does It Affect Previous Orders?

  1. This Executive Order does not supersede any (State) Executive Order related to COVID-19.

  2. This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19. (This language reflects the change that Executive Order 20-92 made to Executive Order 20-91 April 1st. The original version of this language read "This Order shall supersede 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."

You can Conduct These Essential Activities:

  1. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship

  2. Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming

  3. Taking care of pets

  4. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend

Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer.

Gatherings of 10 or More

  1. Can't be Social or Recreational - A public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people was included in Executive Order 20-83 which went into effect March 24th and expires May 8th baring any extensions.

  2. Can't be in a Public Space - "A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space." This language was included in Executive Order 20-91 which goes into effect April 3rd at midnight and expires April 30th baring any extensions.

About Essential Services:

  • The list of Essential Services for this Executive Order is made up of two lists.

  • We share both lists below.

  • LIST #1 - Those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders and

  • LIST #2 The Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce list created by the Department of Homeland Security.

  • All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.

  • The State Coordinating Officer is supposed to maintain an online updated list of essential services at the following websites: www.floridadisaster.org and www.floridahealth.gov.

  • Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer.

You Can Obtain or Provide These Essential Services - List # 1

Essential retail and commercial businesses, which may remain open, are:

a. Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies;

b. Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pct supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences;

c. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;

d. Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;

e. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;

f. Gas stations; new and used automobile dealerships; and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities, provided however that such businesses should ensure that customers practice the social distancing as advised by the CDC

g. Banks and related financial institutions;

h. Hardware stores;

i. Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures;

j. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;

k. Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning and university. college. or technical college residence halls. to the extent needed to accommodate students who cannot return to their homes;

l. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;

m. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements of Emergency Order 3-20. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;

n. Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home;

o. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public;

p. residences; Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to

q. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train;

r. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;

s. Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities;

t. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;

u. Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services;

v. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities should operate under the following mandatory conditions: I. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (inclusive of childcare providers for the group). 2. Children and child care providers shall not change from one group to another. 3. lf more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix or interact with each other.

w. Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices;

X. Pet supply stores;

Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and

z. Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications;

aa. Provision of propane or natural gas;

bb. Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above listed activities;

cc. Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building;

dd. Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services;

ee. Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses;

ff. Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste;

gg. Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services;

hh. Marinas. boat launches. docking. fueling. marine sup_ply and other marina services onl,y as set forth in Emergency Order 06-20 as amended from time to time.

ii. Hotels, motels, other commercial lodging establishments and temporary vacation rentals. Notwithstanding the foregoing, restaurants, bars, and fitness center restrictions within these establishments remain as stated in Emergency Order 03-20;

jj. Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities; and

kk. Mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries.

11. The sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized consistent with Executive Order 20-71.

mm. Firearm and ammunition supply stores.

nn. Businesses providing services to any local, state, or Federal government, including municipalities, pursuant to a contract with such government.

You Can Obtain or Provide These Essential Services - List # 2


  • Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.

  • Healthcare providers and Caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, optometrists, speech pathologists, chiropractors, and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists.

  • Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.).

  • Workers in other medical and biomedical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Nursing Care Facilities, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and retail facilities specializing in medical good and supplies).

  • Manufacturer workers for health manufacturing  (including biotechnology companies), materials and parts suppliers, logistics and warehouse operators, distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.

  • Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.

  • Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.

  • Workers who manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely.

  • Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely.

  • Workers performing information technology and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.

  • Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely.

  • Pharmacy employees necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.

  • Workers performing mortuary funeral, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers, and coffin makers.

  • Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.


  • Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, and private security, to include public and private hazardous material responders, air medical service providers (pilots and supporting technicians), corrections, and search and rescue personnel.

  • 911 call center employees and Public Safety Answering Points who can’t perform their duties remotely.

  • Fusion Center employees.

  • Workers – including contracted vendors -- who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).

  • Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responder.

  • Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.

  • Public agency workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults.

  • Workers who support weather disaster / natural hazard mitigation and prevention activities.

  • Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures.


  • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail (including unattended and vending) that sells human food, animal/pet food and pet supply, and beverage products, including retail customer support service and information technology support staff necessary for online orders, pickup and delivery.

  • Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations, including dark kitchen and food prep centers, and carry-out and delivery food employees.

  • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food ingredient production and processing facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging.

  • Farmers, farm workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales: grain and oilseed handling, processing and distribution; animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically and for export.

  • Farmers, farm workers, support service workers, and their supplier employees to include those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.

  • Employees and firms supporting the distribution of food, feed, and beverage and ingredients used in these products, including warehouse workers, vendor- managed inventory controllers and blockchain managers.

  • Workers supporting the sanitation and pest control of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.

  • Employees in cafeterias used to feed employees, particularly employee populations sheltered against COVID-19.

  • Workers in animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories in private industries and in institutions of higher education.

  • Government, private, and non-governmental organizations’ workers essential for food assistance programs (including school lunch programs) and government payments.

  • Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.

  • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting emergency veterinary or livestock services); raising of animals for food; animal production operations; livestock markets; slaughter and packing plants, manufacturers, renderers, and associated regulatory and government workforce.

  • Transportation supporting animal agricultural industries, including movement of animal medical and reproductive supplies and materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, live animals, animal by-products, and deceased animals for disposal.

  • Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products.

  • Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for agricultural production and distribution.


  • Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source (including but not limited to nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, or renewable), segment of the system, or infrastructure the worker is involved in, or who are needed to monitor, operate, engineer, and maintain the reliability, safety, environmental health, and physical and cyber security of the energy system.

  • Energy/commodity trading/scheduling/marketing functions, who can't perform their duties remotely.

  • IT and OT technology for essential energy sector operations including support workers, customer service operations; energy management systems, control systems, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA systems, and energy sector entity data centers; cybersecurity engineers; and cybersecurity risk management.

  • Workers supporting the energy sector through renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, ocean, geothermal, and/or hydroelectric), including those supporting construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.

  • Workers and security staff involved in nuclear re-fueling operations.

  • Providing services related to energy sector fuels (including, but not limited, petroleum (crude oil), natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, other liquid fuels, nuclear, and coal), supporting the mining, processing, manufacturing, construction, logistics, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, security, waste disposal and storage, and monitoring of support for resources. 

  • Environmental remediation/monitoring, limited to immediate critical needs technicians.

  • Manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service at energy sector facilities (across all energy sector segments).

Electricity industry:

  • Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, engineers, retail electricity, constraint maintenance, and fleet maintenance technicians- who cannot perform their duties remotely.

  • Workers at coal mines, production facilities, and those involved in manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance and monitoring at coal sites which is critical to ensuring the reliability of the electrical system.

  • Workers who produce, process, ship and handle coal used for power generation and manufacturing.

  • Workers needed for safe and secure operations at nuclear generation to include but not limited to, the broader nuclear supply chain, parts to maintain nuclear equipment, fuel manufacturers and fuel components used in the manufacturing of fuel.

  • Workers at renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, and/or hydroelectric), including those supporting construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.

  • Workers at generation, transmission, and electric black start facilities.

  • Workers at Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authorities, and primary and backup Control Centers, including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and local distribution control centers.

  • Mutual assistance personnel which may include workers from outside of the state or local jurisdiction.

  • Vegetation management and traffic control for supporting those crews.

  • Environmental remediation/monitoring workers limited to immediate critical needs technicians.

  • Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians.