Many of you have been asking, “what is an ‘essential activity’?” “Can my business stay open?”, “What happens if I violate the order?”
Where can I read the full executive order?
The order mandates that Floridians stay home unless they’re going out for “essential services or activities.”
What happens if I violate the order?
Technically, under Florida Statute 252, violators can be arrested and or served a court date for violating the order. Punishment can include imprisonment and fines. Law enforcement in the Tampa Bay area is taking an education first, enforcement second approach. Most are asking that citizens use common sense and stay at home.
Currently, in the Sixth Circuit which serves Pasco County, those arrested for violations of Chapter 252 of Florida Statutes believed to be exposed to COVID-19 may be held without bond in custody according to an order from the Chief Judge.
What can/can’t I do?
What are “Essential Services”?
The following list of identified essential critical infrastructure workers is intended to be overly inclusive reflecting the diversity of industries across the United States.
HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH
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 Health Centers, 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.