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The stay-at-home order begins Thursday at 11 p.m. and will end April 9 at 11 p.m. Osceola County residents are also under a curfew due to the pandemic, which remains in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
The order does NOT apply to essential businesses and workers, including health care workers, first responders, sanitation, construction, restaurants that are open for take out and grocery store workers. See the full list in News 96.5 WDBO APP.
Violating the order could lead to arrest or a $500 fine, according to the sheriff.
“This is a global pandemic we are battling here in Osceola County,” Sheriff Russ Gibson said.
County Commissioners Chairwoman Viviana Janer said the county’s order essentially mirrors the one issued in Orange County and the leaders of both counties worked together to prevent confusion among Central Florida residents.
Osceola County’s announcement comes a day after Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued a stay-at-home order.