April 2, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Florida’s Governor issued a stay-at-home directive through Executive Order 20-91 that goes into effect at 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. The Order states: “many thousands of people fled the New York City region to Florida” and in so doing Florida’s Governor directed any individuals that fly or drive into Florida to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from when they arrive in Florida, or for their entire stay if it is shorter than 14 days. The Order further states “persistent interstate travel continues to pose a risk to the entire State of Florida.” 

Due to the rise in cases of COVID-19 in Florida, Governor DeSantis has now put into effect Executive Order 20-91 instructing “all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services to conduct essential activities.” “Essential services” has been set out in expansive and at-times broad lists and categories. “Essential activities” are listed as religious services, recreational activities, caring for pets, caring for loved ones and friends, and other activities that may be added by approval to the list.

This new Executive Order is meant to supersede any conflicting orders or actions taken by local officials. As to religious services, this new executive order comes just as a pastor of a megachurch in Hillsborough County was arrested for holding two church services with members of well over the CDC guidelines of gatherings of 10 persons or less during the services that were streamed online. How this Executive Order affects day-to-day life is something to watch throughout the coming weeks. 

If you or anyone you know is currently facing legal issues related to violations of “stay-at-home” orders, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney at KJ LAW to discuss your legal remedies.  For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the CDC and World Health Organization websites.

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