'Don't come here,' Florida Gov. authorizes checkpoints at state lines

'Don't come here,' Florida Gov. authorizes checkpoints at state lines

Florida has placed similar restrictions on arrivals from New York, New Jersey, and CT.

The Florida Highway Patrol will install checkpoints on the major roads along the Alabama-Florida state line and screen drivers from Louisiana, with the exception of those driving commercial vehicles.

DeSantis also declared that all persons who enter Florida from a state of substantial community spread (Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York) must inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread. "If you're coming from one of the epicenters, we probably think you should follow the directions of your state and local officials, and if they are telling you to shelter in place, then do that". "But if you look at Palm Beach's numbers, they have not had almost the amount of testing that Dade and Broward have had". Airbnb said in a statement that it is working with the state to provide housing for medical workers.

DeSantis's move comes as state's death toll reached 34 Friday with 2,765 testing positive in the state. "But don't come here - because we're trying to protect our folks".

At Friday's press conference, DeSantis also announced that he is deploying the National Guard to Palm Beach County to assist in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. He ordered the Department of Revenue to delay the tax filing deadline for property taxes until April 15 and for sales and use taxes submitted by businesses to April 30. The governor didn't elaborate on whether that would be in a new executive order or an extension of the Monday order. While DeSantis did not name the hospital, Larkin Community Hospital opened a drive-thru site in Hialeah on March 20 and charges $150 per test. He asked Attorney General Ashley Moody to investigate.

The governor said the bed availability for sick people across the state stands at 33 percent. He said those with certain licenses plates would be diverted for screening and told of the isolation requirements. Florida had 2,900 cases with 34 deaths.

Along with keeping travelers out, all Floridians across the state would soon receive a text encouraging them to practice social distancing according to the governor. DeSantis and other law enforcement officials have expressed concern that boats are being grouped together to allow for parties of more than 10 to gather together.

"How many people who are not symptomatic are capable of spreading the disease?" "Those are questions that people are still looking at".

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