Florida Stay-At-Home Order: What You Can and Cannot Do

With the governor’s stay-at-home order going into effect tonight at 12:01 AM, some people may have questions as to what this allows. Below is information taken from the Orlando Sentinel article on the subject:

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order mandating Floridians stay at home starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday contains exemptions for “essential services.” That list is extensive.

The order supersedes all local government shelter-in-place or stay home orders, although local governments can impose further restrictions as they deem appropriate.

Four of the “essential services” are explicitly defined in the order:

  • Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship
  • Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming
  • Taking care of pets
  • Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend

For other activities that qualify as essential services, the order leans on a list of exemptions that applied under the stay-home order in effect in Miami-Dade County.

Those include:

  • Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products)
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; gasoline stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
  • Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed for online or distance learning
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but limited to take-out and delivery service only
  • Schools and other entities providing free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only and the food isn’t consumed on site
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities
  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
  • Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the order to work as permitted
  • Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices
  • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators
  • Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications
  • Provision of propane or natural gas
  • Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any other essential services
  • Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building
  • Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services
  • Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses
  • Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste
  • Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services

All social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control should be followed even while venturing outside for “essential activities.”

“A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space,” the order states.

The order expires April 30.

 

Stay At Home Order Given by Florida Governor

Residents,
The Florida Governor has announced a “stay at home” order for the next 30 days starting Thursday night to stem the rise of coronavirus infections. Only essential travel should happen (work, food, medical care). Many of us have already been following these rules but it has been made official. This means the club house, pools, and playground will remain closed at least 30 more days.

Bear Hunt for the Kids

If you are walking the neighborhood for exercise with your children you will want to have them look out for bears and other stuffed animals in people’s windows. Feel free to add a stuffed bear or other critter to your front windows so kids passing by can spot them.

Thank you.

A Message From Our Management and HOA Board

To All Weston Hills Home Owners:

The Weston Hills HOA Board and Premier Association wish the safety of all our residents during this time. We understand that many of you are home and out of work. We will not be sending out any violations for March or April in order to not cause any further financial hardships. But please understand that you will need to continue with general maintenance of your home and yard. This includes mowing, edging, raking leaves and weed removal.

During this time it is important to maintain order in our community and comply with all the recommendations from the CDC. Please continue to enforce social distancing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Temporary Closure of Playground and Pools

Hello residents,

It’s with great regret that the Board has decided to close the pools and playground area due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.

They will re-open in the future once the CDC has deemed it safe for groups to be able to congregate without fear of further spreading this illness.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Pool Closure Update & Traffic Pattern Change On Thursday

Good morning,

  • The closure of the pools and the pool area/club house for February has been extended indefinitely. Work was being done on the kiddie pool and extensive damage to the decking around it was discovered. The work on this area requires the area to be clear so we can’t open the other pools and just cordon off the kiddie pool. At some point after the decking is broken up, we should be able to get the 2 adult pools open to everyone as the work continues on the kiddie pool. We will get them open as soon as we can.
  • Volunteers are needed for Thursday, March 5th, to assist with traffic direction. The entry side to Weston Hills will be closed for several hours due to two trees being taken down along the Weston Hills Blvd between the gates and Brook Hollow Rd. All traffic will need to come in and out of the exit gate starting at 9 AM and volunteers are needed to help traffic flow. If you do not need to go out that day we advise residents to just avoid the area. Also, if you have vendors or deliveries if you can reschedule them for that day that would help the traffic. If you can help us please email WestonHillsHOA@gmail.com or call 609-705-5733.

We thank our residents for their patience and understanding in this matter.

Help Identify This Suspect

Hello residents,

There was a robbery in our neighborhood last night. Please take a look at the picture below. If you have any information about this perpetrator, please call the investigator at the number at the top of the picture. Addition info is listed under the picture (what he was wearing, he had a limp).

This person is targeting certain homes and has been identified as the person who broke into a home in Saw Grass recently.

The investigator is going through the gate video with Envera to try and ID the car and its plate but any additional information you can give would be appreciated. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

Suspect