Three More States Issue Stay-At-Home Orders
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday morning issued a “stay at home” order amidst criticism the state has not been doing enough to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It makes sense to make this move now,” DeSantis told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.
The governor said he ordered the “stay at home” order only after President Donald Trump extended social distancing guidelines by another 30 days, FOX News reported.
He changed his mind just one day after 13 Democratic members of Congress sent him a letter asking him to “immediately issue a statewide stay-at-home order to save lives.”
DeSantis has already ordered a stop to all vacation rentals in the state and mandated a 14-day quarantine period for anyone entering the state, FOX News reported.
He has set up highway checkpoints to stop people driving into the state from Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut to collect their information.
DeSantis’ “stay at home” order goes into effect at midnight, FOX News reported.
The governor has been criticized for not shutting down the state completely weeks ago before thousands of spring breakers amassed on the beaches as the pandemic first began spreading in the United States.
Florida currently has 6,955 positive cases of coronavirus, and 87 people have died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a formal “stay at home” order to resident of his state on Wednesday morning, too, KTNV reported.
Sisolak had previously issued a number of lesser orders that shut down non-essential businesses but had not ordered residents to remain at home.
“Today’s ‘Stay at Home’ directive strengthens the imperative that Nevadans must not leave their homes for nonessential activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19," the governor said. “This directive builds on previous directives around school closures, social distancing, closure of nonessential businesses, and bans on public gatherings of 10 or more people by requiring you stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary."
The directive, which goes into effect at midnight, also extended the closure of non-essential businesses and schools through April 30, KTNV reported.
This is the fourth such order that Sisolak has signed since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The governor initially declared a state of emergency on March 12.
Then on March 17, he signed an order to close all of the casinos and asked non-essential businesses to close, KVVU reported.
“Previously, I asked non-essential businesses to close their doors to the public. I am no longer asking them to do that,” Sisolak said firmly. “I am directing all non-essential businesses to close. I repeat. If you are not an essential business, I am using my power as Governor under an emergency declaration to order you to close. I am signing a new emergency directive, the third I’ve signed since declaring a state of emergency”
“The emergency directive has specific regulations and will be available to all immediately after these remarks end,” the governor continued. “There should be no confusion, and there is none in my mind. This is not the time to try to find loopholes -- if your business is not essential to providing sustenance and for the everyday safety, health, and wellbeing of Nevadans, you must shut down so that we can give healthcare workers and our fellow citizens the best chance at fighting this virus that we can.”
“I hoped it would not come to this. I did not want it to come to this. But to protect all Nevadans, this is necessary,” he said.
Nevada has had 1,113 residents test positive for coronavirus, and 26 have died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended his state’s “stay at home” order to include all 67 of the state’s counties on Wednesday, WHTM reported.
Wolf had previously issued a “stay at home” order to 33 counties, but after his state gained 1,000 new coronavirus patients on Tuesday, he called a statewide quarantine “the most prudent option.
“We appreciate the shared sacrifice of all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians; we are in this together,” the governor said in a statement.
Pennsylvania has 5,805 positive cases of coronavirus and there have been 74 fatalities, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.