Florida Governor Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order
Non Essential vs. Essential Closures Listed
The Florida governor issued an and executive order on Wednesday stating that Florida residents limit their activities outside of their home in order to help stop the spread of the Covid 19 coronavirus currently sweeping the nation.
Governor DeSantis said, ” I’m going to be doing an executive order today directing all Floridians to limit movements and all personal interactions outside of the home to only necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities .”
The order will go into effect this Thursday at midnight and will remain in place for 30 days.
Those in the Jacksonville area may ask what that exactly means? Does this effect groceries or a hardware store? Can I still go to my doctor appt? What is actually deemed essential versus non essential?
Here is a list below released from the City of Jacksonville that answers those questions for you :
• Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.
• Healthcare providers and Caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, optometrists, speech pathologists, chiropractors, and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists.
• Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.).
• Workers in other medical and biomedical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Nursing Care Facilities, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified HealthCenters, and retail facilities specializing in medical good and supplies).
• Manufacturer workers for health manufacturing (including biotechnology companies), materials and parts suppliers, logistics and warehouse operators, distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.
• Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.
• Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.
• Workers performing information technology and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.
• Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely.
• Pharmacy employees necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.
• Workers performing mortuary funeral, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers, and coffin makers.
• Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.
Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
• Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, and private security, to include public and private hazardous material responders, air medical service providers (pilots and supporting technicians), corrections, and search and rescue personnel.
• 911 call center employees and Public Safety Answering Points who can’t perform their duties remotely.
• Fusion Center employees.
• Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).
• Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responder.
• Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
• Public agency workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults.
• Workers who support weather disaster / natural hazard mitigation and prevention activities.
• Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures.
Food and agriculture
• Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail (including unattended and vending) that sells human food, animal/pet food and pet supply, and beverage products, including retail customer support service and information technology support staff necessary for online orders, pickup and delivery.
• Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations, including dark kitchen and food prep centers, and carryout and delivery food employees.
• Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food ingredient production and processing facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging.
• Farmers, farm workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales: grain and oilseed handling, processing and distribution; animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically and for export.
• Farmers, farm workers, support service workers, and their supplier employees to include those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.