JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he will issue an executive order calling for Floridians statewide to stay at home, a move that he had been resisting as other states took similar steps because of the novel coronavirus.
“Even though there are a lot of places in Florida that have very low infection rates, it makes sense to make this move now,” DeSantis said, adding that he spoke with the White House before making the decision.
DeSantis did not go into great detail during a news conference Wednesday afternoon but said the order will take effect Thursday night. He said it will be directed at individuals and not businesses. He said Floridians will be allowed to obtain essential services, and people performing essential jobs will be allowed to move about. The governor’s order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
It’s left many of you with questions for us. Here are some answers:
I thought this was just for Duval County. What happened?
On Wednesday morning, Mayor Lenny Curry announced a safer-at-home order, which begins at the same time as the governor’s order. DeSantis on Wednesday afternoon said he would issue an order, directed at all Floridians, to stay home for 30 days.