You may want to rethink your travel plans if you had planned to spend Memorial Day weekend on a Florida beach.
Memorial Day is Monday and most beaches in Florida are now open. But Louisiana visitors could risk a fine and jail time if they are caught on a public beach.
Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released his Phase One Executive Order 20-112 which reopens many businesses, vacation rentals, restaurants, and most county beaches in Florida.
But that same Executive Order, also extends governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-86, 20-80 and 20-82 which requires travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana to self-quarantine at their Florida destination for 14-days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.
It also extends COVID-19 checkpoints on I-10 at the Florida/Alabama state line and on I-95. At these checkpoints travelers will be asked to fill out a ‘travel card’ with the traveler's name, contact phone number, the destination where they will be staying in Florida, and for how long they will be visiting.
If a Louisiana visitor is caught not in self-quarantine they face a second-degree misdemeanor which includes a fine of $500 or up to 60 days in jail. WWL First News reached out to the Florida Department of Health to ask how county authorities will be enforcing the restriction at Florida public beaches but have not recieved an answer.