What does Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home or “Safer At Home” order mean for Florida?

It defines what essential businesses and services remain open during the state’s COVID-19 response, and outlines what people are permitted to do outside of their homes if they practice social distancing.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and expires April 30, but that date is subject to change.

For more on the governor’s previous and current executive orders, visit www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders

Keep in mind the stay-at-home order may be updated. As it stands now, you can:


  • Attend religious services; 
  • Shop at grocery stores;
  • Get medications from pharmacies;
  • Fuel up at gas stations;
  • Wash clothes at laundromats;
  • Care for or assist a loved one or friend;
  • See the doctor, after calling ahead;
  • Take pets to the veterinarian, after calling ahead; 
  • Go outside to walk, jog, fish, hunt, swim, bike and participate in other recreational activities as long as people don’t gather in groups of more than 10 and stay at least 6 feet apart.

You're not allowed to:

  • Visit or work in a place that’s not an essential service;
  • Gather in groups of 10 or more people, or be closer than 6 feet to others;
  • Visit family or friends socially;
  • Visit someone in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility without contacting the service beforehand.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.