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Gov. Ron DeSantis: 'Not advisable' to issue a shelter-in-place for Florida

Posted at 7:08 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 19:08:36-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to avoid imposing a statewide lockdown because of the coronavirus.

Speaking Monday at The Villages retirement community, DeSantis said he doesn't want to impose undue hardships on the two-thirds of Florida counties with few or no confirmed cases.

He said he still believes a county-by-county approach is best. Some counties such as Miami-Dade and Broward have closed beaches and other gathering spots and imposed severe restrictions on businesses that can be open.

DeSantis said he also doesn't want to close daycare centers because medical personnel and other essential employees need someone to look after their children.