The state of Florida joined 30 other states that have ordered residents to remain in their homes. This applies to all residents except essential activities in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a Safer at Home Lockdown Executive Order on April 1, 2020. The question then is what are the Florida lockdown rules or laws?
Some of the laws and rules that have been put in place for the state of Florida lockdown include the following:
- Travel outside home – senior citizens and those with significant medical conditions may not leave home. However, they may leave for essential needs or to go to an essential job.
- Gatherings – no social gatherings in a public space with religious exemptions
- Businesses – non-essential services are closed to the public. However, gun stores remain open.
- Quarantines – visitors from outbreak hotspots, such as the New York tri-state area, must self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Bars or restaurants – dine out only
- Beaches or parks – Florida state parks are closed and most beaches are closed
City of Tampa Lockdown
According to the City of Tampa Florida website citizens of the City of Tampa are following the lockdown rules. In addition, citizens are strongly advised to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home. With the exception of what is necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
Under the Executive Order citizens can continue to do the following:
- Grocery, convenience or warehouse store runs
- Parmacy or other medical establishments runs to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
- Go to medical appointments
- Go to a restaurant for takeout, drive-thru or curbside service
- Care for or support a friend or family member
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise. However, keep at least six feet between you and others in the community
- Walk your pets and take them to the vet if necessary
- Help someone to get necessary supplies