Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide executive “stay-at-home” order on Wednesday.
Florida joins New York, Illinois, California and 30 other states who have imposed such orders in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
DeSantis revealed he consulted with President Donald Trump and White House advisors, who believe Americans need to embrace staying at home throughout the April.
The move comes after U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, told NBC’s “Today” that he believes DeSantis should follow federal guidelines. On Sunday, President Trump said he was extending the nationwide social distancing guidelines through April 30.
In a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, the governor said the order will only allow for necessary movements.
It goes into effect on Thursday at midnight and will last for 30 days.
The state is quickly becoming a hot spot as it approaches 7,000 cases and 86 deaths. There are around 900 hospitalized.
The Miami Herald notes the heaviest affected areas include Broward and Miami-Dade in which a 40-year-old man who attended a music festival was noted as the first death.