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Florida Lockdown Executive Order FAQS 1

With the lockdown having come into effect on Friday April 2, 2020, there are many questions being asked. This article and subsequent ones will discuss FAQS with regards to the Executive Order on the statewide lockdown.

FAQS 1: What is the difference between safer at home and social distancing?

Safer at home is mandatory and it is a stricter form of social distancing.

Safer at home means you:

  • Are safer at home by staying unexposed and not exposing others to the virus
  • Should only go out to get or do essential services or do essential activities
  • Must stay 6 feet or more away from others
  • Do not gather in groups larger than 10 people

According to the Red Cross social distancing means deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid illness. Some aspects of social distancing include the following:

  • You must stay 6 feet or more away from others
  • Do not gather in groups larger than 10 people
  • Avoid eating or drinking in restaurants, bars and food courts
  • Stay at home if you can and avoid any non-essential travel

FAQS 2: Is the Executive Order mandatory?

Yes. A violation of the executive order may result in a person’s being prosecuted as a second-degree misdemeanor. This violation is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and or imprisonment of up to 60 days.

FAQS 3: Does the governor’s Executive Order impact the County’s safer at home order?

Yes. Executive Order 20-92 is clear that the local order may not be more lenient nor more restrictive. Therefore, the governor’s safer at home order must be adhered to as is.

FAQS 4: When does the Executive Order go into effect and how long will it last?

The Executive Order went into effect on April 3, 2020 and will expire on April 30, 2020. However, the order may or may not be extended beyond its expiry date.



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