Ron DeSantis quietly signed second executive order targeting local coronavirus restrictions - 2020-04-02
Hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday, he quietly signed another one that overrides restrictions put in place by local governments to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The second order requires that new state guidelines taking effect Friday morning "shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19." In other words, local governments cannot place any limitations that would be more strict than the statewide guidelines.
Locally, it means Hillsborough County cannot mandate churches close their doors, a rule that drew national attention and the ire of the local Republican Party after Tampa megachurch The River of Tampa Bay held two Sunday services, leading to the arrest of pastor Rodney Howard Browne.