TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis quietly issued a second Executive Order that overrides local governments’ orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The most controversial effect of the State superseding local ordinances is that overrides more restrictive measures taken by local governments such as keeping churches open where some local governments ordered that church attendance was prohibited because it meant groups of people would gather in numbers larger than 10.
“Section 4 of Executive Order 20-91 should read, as follows: This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”
i. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
ii. Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and
iii. Taking care of pets; and
iv. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.