Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will officially issue a statewide stay at home order in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that the order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3 and is set to last for 30 days.
DeSantis had faced growing criticism for his reluctance to issue a statewide order as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to balloon in Florida, and particularly in South Florida. As of March 31, there are more than 100 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Boca Raton, the most of any city in Palm Beach County.
The statewide mandate follows DeSantis’ “safer-at-home” order, which was issued on Monday for Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties and set to last through mid-May.
Florida is the 34th state to issue a stay at home order, but many local orders had been already been issued throughout the state, including in Boca Raton. DeSantis’ order follows the City of Boca Raton’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, which was issued last week.