ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — At midnight tonight, Florida will be under a stay-at-home order.
- Statewide Stay-at-Home order begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday
- READ the full order from Gov. Ron DeSantis (.PDF)
- You can see the full list on the Department of Homeland Security's website.
- CORONAVIRUS LIVE UPDATES: In the Tampa Bay area
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the executive order Wednesday. The state now has more than 7,700 cases of coronavirus. And more than 100 deaths.
The reality is things are not slowing down, they are picking up with the number of cases growing by the day.
Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties were already under safer at home orders. So not much is changing there. But there’s now statewide uniformity saying you need to limit your outdoor activities and only go out for essential things.
So what are essential services?
The list includes things like doctors offices, banks, grocery stores, and restaurants for take out-- all of those will remain open.
Businesses deemed non-essential should be closed but Gov. DeSantis hinted at some leeway saying some could be added to the essential list if deemed necessary.
You're not trapped in your house, though - you can still walk your dog, get outside to exercise, and leave your house to care for friends or family.
While doing those things, you still need to keep 6 feet away from other people and not be in groups larger than 10 in public or private.
As of right now, this order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and is set to run through the end of April.
It does not explicitly say what the consequences are if you're caught violating the order.