If you’ve succumbed to your wanderlust and begun traveling out of state again as COVID-19 restrictions have started to be lifted, there are some things you'll need to know if you plan on visiting The Sunshine State. For those traveling to Florida, the mandatory self-isolation order has been extended through the end of June. If you're coming from certain states, you'll have to self-quarantine yourself for at least 14 days. Breaking this order could result in a fine as well as jail time.
The executive order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis has now been extended through June 30.
The order directs any individuals entering Florida from the states of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey to self-isolate for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever one is shorter. This also includes anyone who drives to the state by roadway.
To not follow the self-isolation order is considered a second-degree misdemeanor and could result in 60 days imprisonment, a $500 fine, or both.
The full order under Section 3 does detail some exceptions, however.
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The CDC guidelines recommend that you stay home as often as possible, especially if your trip is non-essential, and to practice social distancing. But traveling on work or education-related trips sometimes cannot be avoided.
This order excludes anyone involved with travel-related to commercial activity, or student academics, sports, internships, or any other program trip approved by their school.
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Roadside checkpoints along interstates are also set up to scan for potential COVID-19 cases coming into the Sunshine State from communities that have experienced a widespread of the disease. Those traveling for commercial purposes or as health care workers will not have the checkpoints apply to them.
Florida recently transitioned into Phase 2 of its reopening plan, and while many places are opening their doors to the public again, there are still restrictions in place to keep people as safe as possible.
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Make sure to plan ahead for your Florida adventures and travel as little as you possibly can — and stay safe out there!