Broward County orders residents to shelter in place

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Broward County has issued an emergency order urging residents to stay at home as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The order, signed Thursday, allows essential travel to continue, however.

Residents who are supposed to report to do essential work are allowed to do so.

“Individuals are strongly urged to remain home other than to engage in essential activities, which are the minimum activities necessary to conduct minimum business,” Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry said.

Outdoor exercise may still continue as long as it adheres to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines.

Exceptions include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Car dealerships
  • Banks
  • Laundromats
  • Take out service from a restaurant
  • Landscape and pool services

“We want people to stay at home,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said. “That’s what this is doing. Until we see a drop in the number of new cases, then we can say, ‘OK, something is happening that’s reversing this.’ This order doesn’t stop you from going to your doctor, to the pharmacy, to gas stations or to provide essential functions that you need for you and your family.”

Officials said the order is to further limit person-to-person interaction in the county, interactions that can allow the COVID-19 virus to flourish.

“We need to stop the spread of this virus,” Holness said. “It is really devastating many communities.”

For a complete list of exceptions to the Shelter in Place order click here.

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