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Broward County issues ‘shelter in place’ order


BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County is urging its residents to remain at home and only leave for essential reasons, which include food, work and exercise that complies with social distancing guidelines.

Broward’s “Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home” policy to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus is similar to what several municipalities in Miami-Dade County have enacted, and it builds on the order earlier this week that closed non-essential businesses in Broward.

It begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday in Broward’s 31 cities.

“Broward County needs to be a leader and to send a clear message to the public,” Commissioner Mark Bogen said. “The goal is to urge people to stay home.”

Essential activities that remain allowed include:

  • Going to work or to a medical appointment
  • Getting groceries or takeout
  • Exercising outdoors (following the CDC’s social distance guidelines)
  • And leaving home in the event of an emergency

The emergency order issued by Broward Administrator Bertha Henry on Thursday also updates what the county defines as “essential businesses” and “essential employees.” To read the full order, click here.

Asked Wednesday about enforcing county orders, Sheriff Gregory Tony said: “Look, we’ll give you a warning. But at the end of the day, we can’t have an abusive element take place, because this is about public safety.”

Broward had 504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of the 11 a.m. update from the Florida Department of Health. Only Miami-Dade County has more cases in the state, with 616.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued an order Thursday evening saying that, “The totality of Emergency Orders issued by Miami-Dade County, as may be amended or issued from time to time, shall be referred to as the ‘Safer at Home’ protocols.

“All residents and visitors are urged to remain in their homes other than to engage in essential activities, as allowed through previous emergency orders,” the Miami-Dade announcement added.

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