The city of Boca Raton has issued a stay-at-home emergency order effective Saturday, due to what a press release calls “life-threatening conditions” from coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
According city officials, the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order applies to everyone living within the city limits and takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
The city is asking residents to remain in their homes or on their own property, and to leave their residences only for “essential activities.”
🚨 March 26, 2020 – The City has issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” EMERGENCY ORDER for everyone living within City limits beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01AM.
People should REMAIN in their homes and leave ONLY for "essential" activities. View details on our website.
— City of Boca Raton (@CityBocaRaton) March 26, 2020
The order comes one day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he does not plan to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in Palm Beach County increased Thursday evening to 174, with three deaths. The state now has 2,484 cases and 29 deaths. The U.S. surpassed China and Italy on Thursday for the most cases, at 83,507.