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:
Just got off the phone -- several lawmakers including myself asked about #ShelterInPlace. We were told @GovRonDeSantis is "analyzing his options" & if we were to do it there would likely be 48 hours to prepare.— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) March 23, 2020
We will keep asking & will keep you posted.#Coronavirus #COVID19 https://t.co/xErEds7tpo
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.