The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office has shared the following information about Gov. Ron DeSantis's executive order asking Floridians to "stay at home."
As of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3, a stay-at-home order will be in effect for the state of Florida. That means non-essential businesses should close and all non-essential activities should cease.
At this time, there is NO CURFEW in effect for Okeechobee County. We will monitor activity and determine if one needs to be enacted in the future.
Grocery stores, gas stations and drug stores will remain open. There is no need to rush to the store and buy 30 days worth of supplies.
Essential activities are defined as:
• Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship (while practicing social distancing);
• Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming;
• Taking care of pets;
• Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend; and
• Working at an essential business.
Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.
A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.
All non-essential retail and commercial establishments are ordered closed.
Essential retail and commercial businesses, which may remain open, are:
• Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies;
• Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences;
• Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
• Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
• Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
This order does not affect or limit the operations of the county, any public utility, any municipality, the school district, or any State or Federal office or facility, except that such entities shall abide by the restrictions of any County, Municipal, State or Federal emergency order, as applicable
This order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present performing services at any location where an essential business is being conducted except as expressly set forth herein or otherwise governed by any State or Federal order or regulation. Employers and employees are urged, but are not required, to practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between persons and limiting group size to less than 10 people.
This order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present at any religious service. Persons attending religious services are urged, but are not required, to practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between persons and limiting group size to less than ten people.