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Gov. Ron DeSantis: 'Not advisable' to issue a shelter-in-place for Florida

Posted: 4:28 PM, Mar 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-23 20:01:36-04
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to avoid imposing a statewide lockdown because of the coronavirus.

Speaking Monday at The Villages retirement community, DeSantis said he doesn't want to impose undue hardships on the two-thirds of Florida counties with few or no confirmed cases.

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He said he still believes a county-by-county approach is best. Some counties such as Miami-Dade and Broward have closed beaches and other gathering spots and imposed severe restrictions on businesses that can be open.

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DeSantis said he also doesn't want to close daycare centers because medical personnel and other essential employees need someone to look after their children.