- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has yet to issue a
shelter-in-place order for the state.
- Florida has 67 counties, of which 20 have yet to report a
coronavirus case. Two counties, Miami-Dade and Broward counties,
reported cases in the hundreds.
- The Republican governor has been careful to issue statewide
measures to protect the economy.
- In a Monday evening press conference, he explained his
decision, saying, “This is not a virus that is impacting every
corner of the state.”
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called for closures of bars
and gyms and limited restaurants to takeout and delivery — but he
has yet to issue a shelter-in-place order for the state, even with
coronavirus outbreaks in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Miami and Fort Lauderdale, two major spring break destinations
in Florida’s most impacted counties,
coordinated their city shutdowns to avoid flooding other cities
with tourists, but the party persisted elsewhere. A
video of a Clearwater beach packed with people on March 18 drew
outrage from viewers.
DeSantis explained the decision to hold back on a statewide
shelter-in-place order in a Monday night news conference.
In the news conference, DeSantis, who has been the governor of
Florida since January 2019 and served as Republican congressman
from 2013 to 2018, called a potential shelter-in-place order “a
very blunt instrument.”
“When you are ordering people to shelter in place, you are
consigning a number — probably hundreds of thousands — of
Floridians to lose their jobs,” DeSantis said.
Florida’s population tops 20 million.
explains why he is not ordering Florida to shelter-in-place as
other states have.
“This is not a virus that’s impacting every corner of the state.”
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn)
March 23, 2020
“If you look at Florida’s situation right now, this is not a
virus that is impacting every corner of the state,” he continued.
“We have 20 counties that have zero cases at all and about 25
counties that really only have a few cases.”
Counties in North Florida near Tallahassee like Jefferson and
Wakulla have no reported cases, but two counties in South Florida,
Miami-Dade and Broward,
Business Insider’s Hillary Hoffower previously reported that
Florida’s unique mix of retirees and young tourists puts the state
at a higher risk for the novel coronavirus, but DeSantis has
been careful not to enforce measures that could hurt the state’s
“You do have an outbreak in Miami-Dade and Broward counties,”
DeSantis said in his Monday evening conference, “but those are
different from places like northwest Florida.”
Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
Watch the video where the governor of Florida explains why he's refusing to issue a shelter-in-place order, even though 25 counties have confirmed cases of the coronavirus