City of Miami orders residents to 'shelter in place'

Mayor says he's still got coronavirus
Posted at 8:39 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 23:32:16-04

MIAMI — The city of Miami has ordered all residents to "shelter in place" and remain at home until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A news release from the city said all "non-essential travel" in Miami is prohibited, effective at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, with the exception of traveling to grocery stores and pharmacies, to work "in support of essential activities and establishments," and to deliver "essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn't imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, despite a push from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to follow in the footsteps of New York and Illinois. However, he did issue an executive order mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers flying to Florida airports from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York.

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Miami-Dade County leads the state with more than 360 confirmed coronavirus cases. Among the Miami-Dade County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 is Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who has been in self-quarantine.

Suarez remains in self-isolation, updating the public Tuesday on Twitter that the results of his latest test "came back positive." As a result, Suarez said he will remain in self-quarantine "a little bit longer" until he takes another test later this week.

Miami residents are allowed to participate in outdoor activities during the stay-at-home order, but not in places that have already been closed.

"When outdoors exercising, residents must practice social distancing measures at all times," the news release said.

Suarez also revealed that he had sought a stay-at-home order "for the last week."

"Unfortunately, I've been getting resistance internally," he said.

Suarez said he hopes "that people get the message to stay home, and if you're coming from spring break, go home."