Local 'Stay at Home' order issued in coronavirus fight

Alachua County and Gainesville shut down 'non-essential business' activity

SKY News
March 24, 2020 - 7:34 am
Coronavirus shutdown of non-essential businesses in Gainesville and Alachua County

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GAINESVILLE -- Alachua County and the City of Gainesville have issued a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic, effective at midnight Tueday.

County officials ordered "non-essential business" activity closed.

Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson and Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe made the emergency announcement Monday afternoon, saying all public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household or living unit is not allowed.

Businesses designated as “essential” and allowed to remain open include grocery stores, gas stations, banks, health care providers, mailing services, auto supply stores and laundromats, but with significant restrictions.

Restaurants are only allowed to have takeout and delivery services.

All amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children's play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations are shut down.

Hutchinson said, “while we appreciate the sacrifice that many have made so far, it is not enough, there is only one way to reduce the transmission of this new disease and that is to stop its spread from one person to another by isolating ourselves for its incubation period.”

Miami Beach also issued a stay-at-home order for residents earlier Monday afternoon. Although Gov. DeSantis says he is not issuing a stay-at-home order for Florida, he is issuing an executive order that orders anyone who travels to Florida from the New York or New Jersey area must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.


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