INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – A few hours after the state’s “make the house safer” decision came into effect on Friday, law enforcement was checking to see if non-essential businesses were in compliance.
“We are working on it and we are developing a list,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar. “There are stores which are not what we deem essential. “
These stores, such as craft stores, will be closed for a short time, depending on the capabilities they have in the business, he said. Those with packaging and shipping services, for example, may be allowed to stay open, he said.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued the “Safer Home” order on Wednesday asking people to avoid unnecessary shopping trips and close non-essential businesses until April 30 to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
The order allows people to shop at grocery stores, pet stores, attend church services or go on a hike, but it prevents them from getting their nails polished or going to the movies.
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“We are working on (bringing companies into compliance),” said Loar. “Some stores are not considered essential. “
Law enforcement continues to be busy, even though people are following the order, he said.
“We are busier in the evening than during the day,” he said.
Problems such as loitering, prowling and domestic violence are increasing, said Loar, but for the most part, people behave.
“We know that most of you stay at home. There are some bad apples that don’t stay at home, “he said at a press conference on Friday.
The community is safe, said Loar. More and more MPs are patrolling the area and are available for calls, he said.
“We are serious about putting people in jail when they have to go to jail,” he said.
During the county’s weekly update, officials urged people to comply with the order.
“These actions will save lives,” said county administrator Jason Brown.
• In Indian River County, 44 people tested positive for COVID-19, seven of whom were hospitalized. Of the 44, 17 are travel related, 19 are not travel related and 8 are still under investigation. There have been no deaths in the county.
• The Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital and the Sebastian River Medical Center say they are ready to manage the COVID-19 situation.
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