Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. Protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (6 feet) with people who are unwell.
How It spreads
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
People may experience:
• difficulty breathing (severe cases)
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
• Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze.
• Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who are unwell.
• Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell.
• Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe. If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical care. Call in advance and tell your health provider of any recent travel or recent contact with travelers.
The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7, 1 (866) 779-6121 | COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about what you need to know to protect yourself and others to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
When did the Governor’s Executive Order take effect? How long does it last?
The Governor’s Executive Order took effect Friday, April 3, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. It lasts until Thursday, April 30, 2020, unless extended.
Is the Governor’s Executive Order consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on 30 Days to Slow the Spread?
Yes. See the President’s and CDC’s guidance at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
May senior citizens and individuals with significant medical conditions leave their homes to go to the grocery store or pharmacy, or go for a walk, or go to work at an essential service?
Yes - they may leave their homes when necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
How do I know what qualifies as an essential service?
See the list here: https://www.floridadisaster.org
How do I know what qualifies as an essential activity?
The Governor’s Executive Order lists the following:
- Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
- Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and
- Taking care of pets; and caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
- See the list here: https://www.floridadisaster.org
If my business is not an essential service, must I close the physical location to customers?
Am I allowed to continue my business from home or remotely?
Yes - the Governor’s Executive Order encourages individuals to work from home.
May my business and its employees operate remotely and provide delivery of our product?
Yes - all businesses are encouraged to provide delivery or pickup and to take orders online or by telephone.
Does my business need a permit or other documentation to remain open?
Are restaurants, or other sellers of food and beverage, permitted to continue takeout and delivery services?
Yes. See Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) guidance at: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency
May churches, synagogues, or other houses of worship hold services?
Yes. The Florida Department of Health encourages them to follow CDC guidance specific to faith organizations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html
May childcare centers remain open?
Yes - for employees working at businesses or operations that are essential services, to the extent those childcare centers adhere to social distancing.
May gun stores remain open?
May I exercise outside or participate in recreational activities?
Yes - if consistent with social distancing guidelines as published by the CDC.
Can I visit or travel to a family member?
Yes - if caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.
Are local authorities allowed to adopt requirements directly on businesses, operations or venues, including buildings, beaches and parks, that may be stricter than the Governor’s Executive Order?
How is the Governor’s Executive Order enforced?
By law enforcement. Violation of the Governor’s Executive Order is a second-degree misdemeanor
Where can I report a business that violates the Governor’s Executive Order?
Local law enforcement.
Do I need a special permit to leave my house if I am going to an essential service or essential activity?
No. Some businesses may wish to provide a letter to employees to clarify that their business is indeed an essential service.
If I need counseling, can I receive it?
Yes. For specific information on COVID-19 counseling, contact the Florida Department of Health at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVIDemail@example.com