(WTXL) — Governor Ron Desantis extended Executive Order 20-52-COVID-19 on Friday, February 26, 2021.
Originally issued March, 9, 2020, the Executive Order declares a state of emergency for the entire state due to COVID-19. This latest extension allows the state to continue accessing federal funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally, DeSantis said the declaration will allow Florida to access additional resources to contain and prevent any additional spread of COVID-19 and allow for a more unified command between agencies and out-of-state medical personnel to come in if need be.
Executive Order 02.26.21.01 extends the Public Health State of Emergency through April 6, 2021, and Executive Order 02.26.21.02 extends the guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 from March 1 at 12:00 a.m. to March 15 at 11:59 p.m. with minor changes.
Those changes are detailed below.:
- Creates a definition for "organization."
- Updates quarantine protocol to reflect the CDC's latest guidance regarding individuals who have been fully vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19.
- Clarifies that entities that can be considered both a "bar" and "live performance venue" should adhere to the guidance for bars laid out in the Executive Order.