Governor orders Broward, Palm Beach beaches, bars, restaurants and more to close


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday calling for strict closures of beaches and businesses in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The restrictions are much broader than what he has ordered statewide thus far.

The closures apply to “all movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches” in those two counties, according to the release from the governor’s office. The order will be in effect until March 31. However, they can be renewed at that time with a written request from the county administrators.

The two counties’ governments will “have the ability to enforce, relax, modify or remove these closures as they see fit,” the news release from the governor’s office said.

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