Wed. Apr 8th, 2020

Osceola County officials issue stay-at-home order


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SHOW US HOW THOSE EMPLOYEES COULD BE IMPACTED. CHRIS: YOU CAN SEE THE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS SIGN. MANY BUSINESS OWNERS DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FLIP THE SIGN OVER AFTER TOMORROW. NEXT TO THIS BUSINESS IN KISSIMMEE WE HAVE AN ANTIQUE SURE, — ANTIQUE STORE AND BARBER AND THEY WILL CLOSE BY TOMORROW NIGHT. >> NOBODY’S GETTING PAID. NO MONEY COMING IN, NO ORDERS FILLED, NO PEOPLE PICKING STUFF UP. CHRIS: DAVID MORALES IS AN OWNER OF KISSIMMEE JEWELERS. OSCEOLA COUNTY LEADERS ARE FORCING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES LIKE MORALES’ TO CLOSE FOR TWO WEEKS TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY MEANS MORALES MUST HAVE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS SEVEN EMPLOYEES. >> WE KNOW THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE A LIVING. WE KNOW THEY GOT A MORTGAGE TO PAY, THEY GOT KIDS, THEY GOT TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. CHRIS: HE IS NOT ALONE IN HARDSHIP. CARLOS RAMIREZ SAYS HAIR STYLISTS AT HIS DOWNTOWN STUDIO ARE TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION THEY CAN TO STAY OPEN UP UNTIL THEY ARE FORCED TO CLOSE THURSDAY NIGHT. >> WE STARTED CALLING A LOT OF OUR CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE APPOINTMENTS COMING UP FROM NOW TO THE 9TH. A LOT OF THEM CANCELED THEM, AND A LOT OF THEM MOVED THEM UP BETWEEN TODAY AND TOMORROW. CHRIS: KISSIMMEE BUSINESS OWNERS SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN CUSTOMERS THE PAST FEW WEES. A PROLONGED SHUTDOWN MAY HAVE A PERMANENT EFFECT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY. >> IT’S SOMETHING BASICALLY UNFORESEEN, I BELIEVE, AT LEAST IN MY LIFETIME. SO IT IS GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR THE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN. CHRIS: SOME OF THE STORES WILL FILE FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP THEM GET THROUGH THIS BUT THAT PROCESS COULD TAKE MON

Osceola County officials issue stay-at-home order

Officials in Osceola County said Wednesday that they are issuing a stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The stay-at-home order will begin Thursday at 11 p.m. and will expire on Thursday, April 9. As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, there have been 35 cases of coronavirus in the county. The order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services such as health care, food service, law enforcement and similar critical services. Officials said people can still go out and get essentials like groceries and medicine. They can also still pickup things like takeout.Officials do not want people visiting their families unless it is an emergency situation.Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson emphasized during a news conference on Wednesday that violators can be arrested. He said law enforcement does not want to arrest anyone for violating the order, but that he wants people to stay home if possible.Orange County has also issued a stay-at-home order for the same time frame.

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. —

Officials in Osceola County said Wednesday that they are issuing a stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The stay-at-home order will begin Thursday at 11 p.m. and will expire on Thursday, April 9.

As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, there have been 35 cases of coronavirus in the county.

The order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services such as health care, food service, law enforcement and similar critical services.

Officials said people can still go out and get essentials like groceries and medicine. They can also still pickup things like takeout.

Officials do not want people visiting their families unless it is an emergency situation.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson emphasized during a news conference on Wednesday that violators can be arrested. He said law enforcement does not want to arrest anyone for violating the order, but that he w

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