Several states, including Florida and Texas, are the latest to issue orders requiring residents to stay home or nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the COVID-19 illness.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued a “safer at home” order mandating residents limit activities outside the home to “only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.”
DeSantis’ order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, runs until April 30 unless extended. It follows a previous order DeSantis issued Monday exclusive to some southern Florida counties.
DeSantis defines “essential services” using the guidance put forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The federal agency includes as essential automotive repair and maintenance facilities, and “workers critical to rental and leasing of vehicles and equipment that facilitate continuity of operations for essential workforces and…