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Democrats push Governor DeSantis on "Stay at Home" order

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 22:24:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - — Florida Democrats are pushing Governor DeSantis to initiate "Stay at Home" order.

Representative Anna Eskamani tweeted tonight, saying several other lawmakers are also on board:

This comes just two days after Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried asked for the Stay at Home order. Fried issued a statement, saying:

Shutting down one of the nation’s largest states is a decision that will have an economic impact – but it is a decision that will save lives. Based on the data, we know we are a week behind California's vast increase in COVID-19 cases. The individuals and businesses I've spoken with are growing more anxious by the day. As the nation's third largest state, we need to go further, and we cannot afford to lose another week. I am asking the Governor to consider implementing a statewide "stay-at-home" order, closing all non-essential businesses for a reasonable time frame, after which time the situation could be reassessed.

Republican Senator Rick Scott also proposed a similar plan earlier this week that involved keeping people at home and off beaches.

Governor DeSantis has yet to publicly address the order.