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Leon County curfew lifted after Gov. DeSantis signs new 'safer-at-home' executive order

Posted at 5:03 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 17:07:29-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County's curfew will be lifted at midnight on Friday.

"Consistent with Governor DeSantis’ recent executive order and in line with guidance from national, state, and local health experts, Leon County has issued a revised stay-at-home order to go in effect Friday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m," city officials wrote in a statement.

The county’s new order declares that all Leon County citizens should abide by the directives issued by Governor DeSantis on Wednesday (Executive Order Number 20-91) and on Thursday (Executive Order 2092).

The new order, signed Thursday, essentially states that the orginal order will now supersede any local ordinance.

As a result of the governor’s new order and the new county order, officials say there will no longer be a curfew.

“The Governor’s order provides consistency across the state when it comes to protecting public health and safety,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bryan Desloge. “For all Leon County residents, we are safer at home and when we practice physical distancing. Today’s revised order ensures our County is consistent with the state when taking action to protect our most vulnerable populations.”

With the Governor’s order, Florida residents are encouraged to work from home and may still order delivery and take out, go to the grocery store, and go for a walk, all while being responsible and following Center for Disease Control guidance.

The Governor’s executive order also directs seniors and those with underlying medical conditions to stay home, orders all persons to limit their movements and perform essential activities, and defines essential services and activities.

“With the statewide safer-at-home order going into effect later tonight, our County employees are staying focused on providing essential services to our community in safe ways,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Through physical distancing and telework, our County work areas may have changed how we do our jobs, but we know that the work we do now is more essential than ever.”

As a result of the Governor’s order, County libraries, community centers, and active recreation facilities will remain closed through April 30. Also, County offices will remain closed to the public through April 30.

The County’s revised order can be found at