Florida is now under lockdown. The Sunshine State becomes the Stay-at-Home state as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order to combat coronavirus takes effect.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— A record number of Floridians filed first-time unemployment claims last week, a number that would have been a lot higher if the state’s unemployment benefits website had been working properly. The director of the Department of Economic Opportunity is apologizing for the fiasco and vowing it will be fixed.
— Democrats have criticized DeSantis repeatedly for refusing to issue a statewide lockdown for the virus. Now that he’s done it, they say the Governor waited too long and put Floridians in danger because he relied on the White House for guidance.
— Democrats are also requesting a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 crisis. DeSantis agrees, but his order is only good for 45 days.
— The Florida Highway Patrol has a labor shortage of sorts. Three troopers have tested positive for coronavirus and a total of 40 FHP employees are now self-isolating because they were exposed to the virus or just returned from a hot spot.
— And the update for Florida Man, who has been arrested for violating the coronavirus quarantine in Hawaii.