Apr 1, 2020 - Health

Florida governor issues stay-at-home order

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday after the number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to nearly 7,000.

Why it matters: DeSantis has been criticized for declining to order any statewide mandates to curb the spread of the coronavirus even as Florida — home to a significant elderly population — was increasingly becoming a hotspot. The order will go into effect Thursday at midnight and last for 30 days.

  • The governor said at a press conference Tuesday that he was "in contact" with the White House coronavirus task force and that he would wait for their recommendation before acting.
  • In mid-March, as images of spring breakers partying on beaches went viral, DeSantis was criticized for saying he would defer to local authorities on whether to close them.
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