Florida Governor Issues Multiple Executive Orders in Response to COVID-19

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Florida—and not merely in what was considered the epicenter in south Florida—Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a number of executive orders to address the crisis and hopefully flatten the curve with respect to the pandemic in the state.   Those executive orders have included the following:

  • Executive Order 20-80, issued on March 23, 2020 and covered in more detail on our blog, directing “all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter”;
  • Executive Order 20-86, issued on March 27, 2020, directing “all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter”;
  • Executive Order 20-89, issued on March 30, 2020, restricting public access to facilities and business that were deemed non-essential in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

On April 1, 2020, the governor issued Executive Order 20-91, a statewide stay-at-home order.  This order provides, in part, that “all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.”  Executive Order 20-91 takes effect on Friday April 3, 2020 and shall remain in effect until April 30, 2020 unless it is further extended by a subsequent executive order.

 

As the law continues to evolve on these matters, please note that this article is current as of date and time of publication and may not reflect subsequent developments. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to change. Cole Schotz P.C. disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this publication to the fullest extent permitted by law. This is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining legal, financial and tax advice. For further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your firm contact or to any of the attorneys listed in this publication.

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