What is 'Essential' under Florida's statewide Stay-at-Home Order?

On April 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Safer-at-Home Order effective April 3 through April 30. The order directs seniors and those who are at-risk to stay at home and take all measures possible to limit their chances of exposure to the Coronavirus. All other Floridians are directed to limit movements outside of the home to essential work and activities. The state is encouraging all who are able to work from home, and businesses that are able -- such as restaurants -- to provide curbside and delivery services to comply with social distancing practices.

Essential services and work referenced in the Executive Order is defined in the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, and any subsequent lists published. This list includes 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks -- whether physical or virtual -- are considered so vital that their incapacitation or destruction would be debilitating to national security, economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof. These 16 critical infrastructure sectors are:

Essential activities, as defined in the Executive Order, include:

  • Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues, and houses of worship.

  • Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming.

  • Taking care of pets

  • Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.

A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions are responsible for ensuring that groups of people greater than 10 are not permitted to congregate in any public space.

For more information on the Governor's recent Executive Order and up-to-date information about essential services, visit www.floridadisaster.org and floridahealth.gov.

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