On April 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a safer-at-home order for the entire state, allowing only essential activities and services. The order goes into effect April 3 at 12:01 a.m.
Examples of essential activities listed in the executive order include attending religious services, taking care of pets and caring for a loved one or friend.
The original order set a baseline for the state, meaning more restrictive local orders, including curfews, would have remained in effect while local orders with looser requirements would have been superseded.
On Thursday, DeSantis amended the order to supersede “any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”
Notably, the edit will allow megachurches to continue holding in-person services, which had previously been banned in some counties.
It is unclear whether the amended order overrides curfews in place in some counties, however, as the order doesn’t address curfews.
County sheriffs will be able to enforce the statewide order with the threat of criminal charges.
Many local jurisdictions already had local restrictions in place or going into effect. Florida Politics has maintained a running compilation of local orders and restrictions, sorted by county and city.
Alachua County: Stay-at-home order
Alachua County ordered all nonessential businesses to cease and residents to stay at home except for essential activity. The order went into effect March 24 and remains until a state of emergency is lifted. The order allows essential businesses to remain open, including medical providers, grocery stores, hardware stores and restaurants. It allows individuals to go outside, but parks and all places of public assembly are closed.
Bay County: Government facility, beach closures
Broward County: Stay-at-home order
Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 30 issued a safer-at-home order modeled off Miami-Dade County’s existing directive that will impact Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. County officials previously implemented an order in effect since March 27 for residents to stay inside unless getting food, transporting to work or addressing an emergency, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Nonessential retail, nonprofits and commercial businesses have been closed. Previously, DeSantis issued an executive order shutting down all beaches in Broward County. In place since March 20, that order stands until March 31. Superintendent of Schools Robert Runcie said he expects schools will not reopen before the end of the school year.
Charlotte County: Safer-at-home direction
Charlotte County Administrator Hector Flores on Sunday issued a safer-at-home directive urging residents to limit travel and personal interactions to a defined list of essential work and activities. Officials previously closed all county government buildings, playgrounds, dog parks, sports courts and park amenities. He issued a joint statement with Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik on the matter.
Clay County: Government, beach closures
County officials have closed parks and beaches.
Collier County: Stay-at-home order ready
Collier County commissioners reached out to Lee County leaders about developing a stay-at-home order in effect regionwide. But the board met March 27 to a stay-at-home order and chose not to implement it. Instead, Collier will follow the lead of Gov. Ron DeSantis, barring an unforeseen change in circumstances.
Duval County: Safer-at-home order
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that he will issue a safer-at-home order effective Friday that largely mirrors an order implemented in South Florida counties by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Mayor said the new order prohibits individuals from going to nonessential businesses. This is an upgrade of a work-at-home order Curry previously put in place that stated any business with the ability to have employees work from home must do so, according to Fox 30. That states employees working at businesses must maintain 6-foot social distancing. That order took effect on March 24 and remains in effect. Chief Judge Mark Mahon has also closed down all county court facilities, Action News Jax reports.
Escambia County: Beach closure
County Commissioners voted to close down Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Beach through April 2, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Franklin County: Social distancing guidelines, beach closures
The County Commission approved a formal ordinance that closed beaches and gathering places, and which strongly recommended the following of social distancing guidelines.
Gadsden County: Stay-at-home order, curfew
County Commissioners on March 27 held an emergency meeting and issued a stay-at-home order, instructing residents not to leave except for essential activities including buying groceries and purchasing gas, according to WTXL. A curfew went into effect the same night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sheriff Morris Young warned those in violation could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
Gulf County: Government, beach closures
County Commissioners closed all county beaches beginning March 26 through at least April 9, according to Visit Gulf County. Government facilities, including a welcome center, closed on March 18.
Hernando County: Government closures
No sheltering order or curfew has been set, but public parks and libraries are closed, according to WUSF.
Hillsborough County: Safer-at-home order
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group approved a safer-at-home order that will go into effect at 10 p.m. on March 27. The order will require all residents and open businesses to maintain the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on social distancing, including maintaining a six-foot distance from others. Any businesses considered nonessential that could not meet that requirement would be forced to close. Examples of businesses that will not be able to operate under the county’s order include things like, hair and nail salons, barbershops and hair stylists, massage parlors and alternations. Officials elected not to implement a curfew at this time. All parks are closed.
Lee County: Surgeon General warning
Lee County Commissioners say they will not adopt a stay-at-home work order, but encourage social distancing. Commissioners on March 30 adopted a resolution endorsing recommendations from the Florida Surgeon General related to social distancing and why older residents and those with underlying health conditions should stay-at-home.
Leon County: Stay-at-home order, curfew
Leon County residents are ordered to stay-at-home starting at 11 p.m. March 25. The order “strongly encourages” people not conducting essential activities to stay at home. But people may still go to work, obtain necessary supplies, do outdoor recreation and help the health and safety of others. A curfew, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., also went into effect March 25. Law enforcement can stop and charge people for being outside their homes, within officers’ discretion, during those hours.
Manatee County: Beach closures
The Manatee County Commission voted Friday to enact an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, Fox 13 Tampa Bay reports. The curfew, which goes into effect April 3, would still allow for essential travel, defined as going to work or shopping for food, medicine or essential supplies. The order comes after commissioners said residents were still holding large gatherings at night.
Previously, commissioners voted to close down all beaches beginning on March 19 and close boat ramps on March 26, according to ABC-7.
Martin County: Safer-at-home order
The county is expected to enact a safer-at-home order that goes into effect on April 4, according to WBPF. The order, which County Commissioners will take up Friday, is expected to be almost identical to one in neighboring St. Lucie County.
Miami-Dade County: Safer-at-home order
Mayor Carlos Giminez signed a safer-at-home order requiring all individuals to stay-at-home except to engage in essential activities like grocery shopping or to address emergencies. Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 30 issued a safer-at-home order modeled off that existing directive that will impact Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. On March 31, DeSantis extended the order to say even essential businesses like supermarkets and pharmacies could only allow half their normal occupancy and must provide ample hand sanitizer and wipes. The original Miami-Dade order went into effect on March 26 and will expire when a county state of emergency is lifted. Giminez previously ordered all beaches, parks and nonessential commercial and retail businesses closed. The order makes clear it sets a minimum threshold and that other jurisdictions within the county may impose further restrictions, and several including Miami and Miami Beach have done so.
Monroe County: Travel, rental ban
Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 30 issued a safer-at-home order modeled off Miami-Dade County’s existing directive that will impact Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. The county has also implemented strict travel restrictions on the Florida Keys. That includes a local restriction on vacation rentals as long as a state of emergency endures. Additionally, only residents of the Keys will be allowed to travel on U.S. 1 to the islands, with the exception of certain authorized construction workers. Restrictions went into effect on March 24.
Nassau County: Travel restrictions in the works
County leaders are considering a local order requiring all travelers coming by driving, flying or coming by train from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to enter a required 14-day quarantine, according to News4Jax. That would be a stricter order than restrictions on just those coming by plane put in place by Gov. DeSantis.
Okaloosa County: Beach closure
All public beaches in the county have been closed, according to ABC 13. The order still allows licensed saltwater fishing. The county has also encouraged pharmacies to set up window service and special hours before opening to serve customers over 60 years old.
Orange County: Stay-at-home order
Mayor Jerry Demings issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect at 11 p.m. March 26 and will remain through 11 p.m. April 9, though he already told The Orlando Sentinel he will likely extend the order past that state absent statewide direction. The order allows people to shop for food, medicines and other essentials or to work at jobs for essential businesses that cannot be done from home. Nonessential retail and commercial businesses were ordered closed. Orange County’s order allows people to go for walks, ride bikes and such, but not in groups. Penalties for violating the order include $50 fines and up to 60 days in jail.
Osceola County: Stay-at-home order, curfew
Osceola County’s emergency decision-making policy group approved an order for all nonessential retail and commercial businesses to close, and for all residents to stay home from nonessential travel. This order took effect at 11 p.m., March 26 and will continue for two weeks until April 9 at 11 p.m. The order means that the entirety of Osceola County is ordered to stay-at-home as much as possible, with exceptions for businesses and travel deemed “essential.” Law enforcement may impose $500 fines on groups gathering in violation and may arrest people, according to News 6. Residents are now under a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, according to News 6. Law enforcement will disperse groups of 10 or more and can issue $500 fines or arrest those in violation. The order closely mirrors one in effect in neighboring Orange County.
Palm Beach County: Nonessential business closure, beach closures
Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 30 issued a safer-at-home order modeled off Miami-Dade County’s existing directive that will impact Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. DeSantis previously issued an executive order shutting down all beaches in Palm Beach County. That order shut down noncritical retail and commercial business locations, including all movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums and fitness studios. It was issued March 20 and will last at least until March 31. County Commissioners have also now closed all parks, golf courses and noncritical businesses, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Panama City: Government facility, beach closures
The Panama City Chamber of Commerce reports all sandy beaches within the city are closed, and all public gathering spaces are closed through May 1.
Pasco County: Social distancing recommendations
The county does not have any type of sheltering order or curfew in place but has recommended individuals use electronic checkout of library materials, according to the WUSF.
Pinellas County: Safer-at-home order
Pinellas County Commissioners approved a safer-at-home order that went into effect March 26. People will be permitted to patronize essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and gas stations. They also can patronize any nonessential businesses that attest to adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards for social distancing.
Polk County: Social distancing recommendations
No curfew or shelter orders have been issued, but government services including libraries are promoting curbside service, according to the WUSF.
Sarasota County: Beach closures
The county has closed down its beaches, a top tourism driver, since March 21. But the Sarasota County Attorney’s Office has advised commissioners don’t have the legal right to issue a stay-at-home order with further restrictions than those already ordered by DeSantis, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Santa Rosa County: Beach closures
County Commissioners voted to close down beaches in the county starting on March 20, reports the Pensacola News Journal.
Seminole County: Social distancing order in the works
Beginning on March 30, a social distancing order will individuals at all businesses, including grocery stores, to remain six feet apart at all times, according to News 6. That includes checkout lines. Stores can only have 30% occupancy rates.
Sumter County: Stay-at-home order
On March 31, the county best known as home to the bulk of The Villages issued a stay-at-home order, but officials made clear it allows outdoor physical activity, including golf, so long as it adheres to social distancing guidelines.
St. Johns County: Beach closures
After much controversy and criticism from neighboring Duval County, St. Johns County on Sunday closed its beaches. They will remain closed until further notice.
St. Lucie County: Safer-at-home order
The county issued a safer-at-home order that goes into effect April 3 and will last through at least April 24. The order allows for essential activities such as trips to the grocery, pharmacy and warehouse stores. It also specifically allows individuals to walk pets and take them to the vet and accommodates parents and guardians transporting children in compliance with custody agreements.
Walton County: Beach closure
All public beaches in the county have been closed, according to ABC 13.
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Aventura: safer-at-home order
City Manager Ronald Wasson issued a safer-at-home order strongly recommending residents stay in their homes starting March 24. Public and private gatherings outside homes are banned. The order allows government and essential personal to work, outdoor recreation to continue and personal support activities like providing care in a home to proceed. Those violating gathering rules could be subject to fines or jail time. The Miami-Dade order now also applies.
Bal Harbour Village: stay-at-home order
The Miami-Dade village has a stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24 urging residents to remain at home. Miami-Dade County restrictions are also in effect.
Boca Raton: Stay home, stay safe order
Mayor Scott Singer ordered all nonessential businesses in town to close, the first Palm County to do so, according to WFLA News Radio. Businesses allowed to remain open include grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants for takeout and delivery only, health care providers and child care centers. Effective March 26, a stay home, stay safe order went into effect barring gatherings of 10 or more, but still allowing several commercial activities.
Cape Coral: Facility closures
The city has closed all parks including Coral Oaks Golf Course until at least April 6.
Coconut Creek: Curfew
Mayor Louis Sarbone on March 20 instituted a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Cooper City: stay-at-home order
The city has ordered residents to stay-at-home, WLRN reports.
Coral Gables: safer-at-home order, curfew
An order went into effect on the evening of March 25 prohibiting gatherings of any number of people in the city. Only essential retail is open in the city, including groceries, pharmacies, hospitals, gas stations, auto repair, banks, office supply shipping, laundry service and child care. Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli on March 27 also instituted a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to WLRN. Miami-Dade County has restrictions here as well.
Coral Springs: stay-at-home order
The city has ordered residents to stay-at-home within the boundaries of their property. Permissible exceptions include essential travel to work and personal support activities. Social distancing is also required.
Dania Beach: stay-at-home order
The Broward city has a stay-at-home order in effect as of March 24 urging residents to remain at home.
Delray Beach: stay-at-home order, curfew
Delray Beach on Monday will become the first Palm Beach County with a stay-at-home order in effect, according to The Palm Beach Post. The city will also enforce a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew. The order requires residents to stay-at-home or on their property except to travel to supermarkets and essential businesses such as health care providers.
Doral: stay-at-home order
Mayor J.C. Bermudez released a video announcement that all residents were ordered to stay-at-home. Exceptions to the order can be found on the city website. Miami-Dade also has a stay-at-home order in effect.
Fort Lauderdale: safer-at-home order
The Broward County metropolis has ordered residents to stay on their property but still allows outdoor activity. Allowances are included for essential business and activity. The order will be enforced with fines of up to $500.
Fort Myers Beach: Beach closures
The Lee County town has not only closed its beaches but put in place fines up to $5,000 for those in violation, WINK News reports.
Gainesville: stay-at-home order
Gainesville has mirrored an order similar to Alachua County, which ordered all nonessential businesses to close and residents to stay-at-home. That went into effect March 24.
Golden Beach: stay-at-home order
The Miami-Dade city has a stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24.
Hallandale Beach: Business closures
The city voted to close down all nonessential businesses in the city, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Hollywood: safer-at-home order
Starting March 28, residents will be required to stay-at-home except for essential activities or face fines of $1,000 or 60 days in jail. Repeat offenders of the order can see fines progress to $5,000. The ordinance remains in effect until a state of emergency is lifted.
The city instituted a curfew, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., which started March 27.
Jacksonville: Work-from-home order
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that he will issue a safer-at-home order effective Friday that largely mirrors an order implemented in South Florida counties by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Mayor said the new order prohibits individuals from going to nonessential businesses. This is an upgrade of a work-at-home order Curry previously put in place that stated any business with the ability to have employees work from home must do so, according to Fox 30. That states employees working at businesses must maintain 6-foot social distancing. That order took effect on March 24 and remains in effect.
Key Biscayne: Curfew, nonresident travel ban
The city in Miami-Dade County has issued a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., on top of a countywide stay-at-home order, according to WLRN. The has also declared no nonresidents can travel onto the key, something police originally tried to enforce through roadblock but which now is enforced only through signs. This is on top of a Miami stay-at-home order.
Lakeland: stay-at-home order in the works
Mayor Bill Mutz has called a special meeting for March 30 to discuss a stay-at-home order in the city, along with the closure of all nonessential businesses, according to WFLA. All government facilities are already closed to the public.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: safer-at-home order
A safer-at-home order went into effect March 28, authorizing law enforcement from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to issue violators notices to appear in court.
Miami: stay-at-home order
Mayor Francis Suarez announced a stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24 and lasts until further notice. It allows limited travel in the city to grocery stores, pharmacies and essential work activity. Travel to provide essential services at homes is also allowed. The City Fire Rescue Department has started testing those 65 and older showing symptoms in their homes. County restrictions are also in effect.
Miami Beach: safer-at-home order
The city issued a safer-at-home order requiring all persons living in the city to remain in their homes to the maximum extent possible, except to engage in essential activities. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited. Essential retail and commercial activities are allowed to continue. Outdoor recreation may continue unless facilities have been closed, as have beaches in all of Miami-Dade County, which also has restrictions in place.
Miami Gardens: Curfew
Police are enforcing a curfew in the city stretching from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to WLRN. Gatherings of 10 or more are restricted and guests are urged to stay inside most of the day. That’s on top of county requirements.
Miramar: stay-at-home order
A stay-at-home order signed by City Manager went into effect on March 28 and restricts residents to their property except for essential activities. That includes restricting the use of public streets and canals. The order extends until Broward County lifts its state of emergency order.
Naples: Beach closures
The Naples Pier and all city beaches closed beginning March 21 and will stay that way until at least March 30. Police are turning away crowds showing up at sunset, according to the Naples Daily News, and have considered fines.
Oakland Park: safer-at-home order
Mayor Matthew Sparks signed an order effective Saturday that includes screening and cleaning protocols for essential businesses allowed to stay open.
Orlando: County stay-at-home order
Mayor Buddy Dyer was present when Orange County announced its stay-at-home order, which covers the city.
Palm Beach: Curfew
The town on March 16 instituted a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day, according to WPTV.
Mayor Milissa Holland signed an emergency stay-home order in effect starting March 22 and lasting 30 days, according to News4Jax. The order instructs residents to stay home except when getting vital supplies.
Parkland: Shelter in place
The Broward city instituted one of the strictest orders in Florida, which includes guidelines for essential businesses that include providing disinfectant wipes for workers and waiting room guidelines. The provisions requiring most residents to shelter in place and prohibit gatherings except for family members, caretakers and household members — and then restrict crowds to 10 or less. The order went into effect on March 25.
Pembroke Pines: stay-at-home order
The city has a stay-at-home order in place similar to others in Broward County. It became effective on arch 28.
Plantation: safer-at-home order
The order went into place on March 26 and tells residents to shelter in place except for personal support activities, outdoor activities, religious services and essential business.
Pompano Beach: stay-at-home order
The order requires residents ti stay-at-home except to go to essential businesses or for essential activities. It went into effect on March 28.
Punta Gorda: stay-at-home directive
Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik on Sunday issued a safer-at-home directive urging residents to limit travel and personal interactions to a defined list of essential work and activities. Officials previously closed all county government buildings, playgrounds, dog parks, sports courts and park amenities. He issued a joint statement with Charlotte County Administrator Hector Flores on the matter.
Saint Augustine: Social distancing, government closures
The city of Saint Augustine has extended through May 8 government closures like City Hall and cancellation of any events with 10 or more people. But the municipality said it will continue to follow Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lead and adhere to restrictions he’s recommending statewide, according to The St. Augustine Record.
Saint Petersburg: stay-at-home in the works
Mayor Rick Kriseman told the Tampa Bay Times he wants something stronger than the Pinellas County safer-at-home order, with will hold off from issuing a stronger directive in the city for now. He worked with regional leaders before Pinellas County Commissioners approved a safer-at-home order that does cover the city.
Sarasota: Government closures
Government facilities have been closed in the city, including the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, until the end of a state of emergency there. City beaches are affected by a county decision to close all beaches there.
Sebring: Beach, park closures
Following a death in Highlands County, Sebring officials closed all parks, beaches and recreational facilities in the city, effective March 26.
Sunny Isles Beach: stay-at-home order
Residents have been ordered to stay-at-home except for essential activities, according to WLRN. This is on top of a Miami-Dade County order.
Surfside: safer-at-home order, business closures
Mayor Charles W. Burkett issued an order urging residents to stay home unless they needed to conduct essential activities such as work. The order, in effect March 24, encouraged those who could work at home to do so. Beaches, park facilities, town buildings and nonessential businesses have been ordered closed.
The city announced a mandatory curfew in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to WLRN. The Miami-Dade stay-at-home order also applies.
Tallahassee: The city is covered by a Leon County stay-at-home order.
Tampa: The city is covered by a Hillsborough County safer-at-home order.
West Palm Beach: stay-at-home order in the works
The city has not moved forward with stay-at-home order, but is looking at the need, reports WFLX. Mayor Keith James said as long as Palm Beach County has no order, it makes little sense for the city to issue one, but need continues to be assessed.
Weston: safer-at-home order
Wilton Manors: safer-at-home, not stuck at home order
In effect as of March 28, the order restricts all nonessential activities but stresses residents can obtain assistance from law enforcement and still support local restaurants by using takeout, delivery or drive-through service.
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