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Essential jobs as outlined in Safer At Home executive order

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 08:38:39-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- Governor Ron DeSantis has officially issued a Safer At Home executive order, that'll go into place at midnight.

Beginning Friday morning, all Floridians are expected to stay-at-home unless you need to venture out for an essential activity such as the grocery store, pharmacy, or doctor. And if you haven't already, you should also be making plans to work-from-home, unless your job is considered essential.

Fox 4 is taking a close look at which jobs this includes. It’s important that you follow these guidelines, so that you don’t face fines or jail time.

The governor is leaning in on two lists to define what jobs are considered essential. Including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Miami-Dade County, which was already ordered to do the same.

Essential jobs take into consideration things like public health and safety and economic and national security.

While the list is detailed, it includes the following categories:

  • healthcare
  • law enforcement and first responders
  • food and agriculture
  • energy and water
  • transportation
  • public works
  • communications and IT
  • government
  • those making hygiene products or offering cleaning services

That's just to name a few. The full list is outlined here in the governor’s executive order:

The governor made the decision to issue the executive order Wednesday, despite saying in the past that an order like this*wouldn't make sense for the counties experiencing few cases of COVID-19.

“Even though there's a lot of places in Florida with low infection rates, it makes sense to make this move now,” he said.

The state will also be able to add any essential jobs it may have missed. The state will keep a working-list online available here and here.