DeSantis rescinds executive order requiring quarantine for New York-area travelers

Florida governor ends mandatory ``14-day quarantine
Diane Cascio waits for luggage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after visiting family in New York, March 2020
Posted at 3:17 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 15:34:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis has rescinded an executive order that required travelers into Florida from areas with "substantial community spread" of COVID-19 to quarantine for two weeks.

DeSantis signed the order, which impacts already existing executive orders, on Wednesday.

First, it makes a change to one section of Executive Order 20-68, specifically the line that says the Department of Business and Professional Regulation "shall ensure all restaurants implement employee screening and prohibit any employee from entering the restaurant premises" if they meet certain criteria.

The new order changes the language, instead reading that the DBPR will make sure all restaurants implement and follow employee screening guidance set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it evolves.

Lastly, the order rescinds one section of DeSantis' Phase Two executive order which required certain travelers into Florida from areas with "substantial community spread" of COVID-19, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

The requirement had been in place since March to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

New York's order requiring travelers from Florida to quarantine for 14 days remains in effect.

To read DeSantis' full executive order, click here.