The City of Miami posted the following article on their website yesterday in the late afternoon:
“The City of Miami is ordering all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice, effective today, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., in order to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. All non-essential travel within the City of Miami, including by by automobile, public transit, motorcyle, etc., is prohibited until further notice, with the following exceptions:
Travel within the City to seek goods and services from essential retail establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies
Travel within the City to perform work in support of essential activities and establishments
Travel within the City to deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services
“Additionally, residents may engage in outdoor recreational activities, but not in those places that have already been closed to the public under the existing emergency order, such as City of Miami parks. When outdoors exercising, residents must practice social distancing measures at all times.miamigov.com
The announcement comes after several heat that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been receiving for refusing to do a state-wide shut down due to the coronavirus. Already, top populous states like California and New York have caused a dent and risk to their economy in order to protect their citizens from a continuous spread of this virus.
“It would be a very blunt instrument,” the governor said in a speech. “You simply cannot lock down our society indefinitely with no end in sight.”
In addition to what he stated, he will issue a mandated order for anyone fleeing to Florida from New York to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Florida seems to be slowly climbing up the ranks, moving from eighth place over the weekend to seventh place in most coronavirus cases in country. If measures aren’t taken, we can see Florida in the top 5, or even top 3 states with the most cases. And at that moment, a state-wide shutdown will be inevitable.