On Friday, Florida Governor Ron Desantis issued an executive order to keep people traveling from areas known to have numerous COVID-19 cases out of the state. Checkpoints will be set up along Florida state lines, limiting travel from coronavirus hot spots such as Louisiana. Commercial vehicles will be allowed to move freely.
“Executive Order 20-86, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.”
Governor DeSantis said during a daily briefing that vacation rentals will also be suspended for two weeks, “if you’re coming from one of the epicenters, we probably think you should obey the directions of your state and local officials. And if they are telling you to shelter in place, do that, but don’t come here.”
DeSantis says panhandle communities have relatively low numbers of cases, and they want to keep it that way. People with certain license plates will be diverted away, and “if they blow through the checkpoints, they could be pulled over.”