Florida Governor Signs Executive Order Overriding Local Orders

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that he will sign an Executive Order requiring residents and visitors to stay at home except for essential activities.

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.

The second Executive Order amends the Governor’s first Stay-At-Home order stating that:

“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.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order Superseding Local Coronavirus Response

The permitted “Essential Activities” under the Governor’s first Executive Order are:

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.