Gov. DeSantis extends remote local meetings one final month

County and city government boards will have one more month to hold online meetings after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order issuing a final extension to the social distancing precaution before in-person meetings must resume.

Since March, the Governor has authorized local governments to hold their meetings remotely, an order he has periodically extended. But the latest extension comes with the caveat that government boards should be prepared for in-person meetings beginning Nov. 1.

“Executive Order 20-246 assists the transition to Phase 3 by providing local government bodies with an additional one-month period to conduct their meetings virtually,” according to a statement by DeSantis’ communications director, Fred Piccolo. “Local government bodies should prepare to meet in person as required by Florida law beginning November 1, 2020.”

On Friday, DeSantis lifted the remaining state-level restrictions on social gatherings and placed limits on local government’s abilities to place or enforce their own limits. All businesses in the Sunshine State should be open, he declared.

When the Governor first issued the order, he called it necessary the state take action to protect residents and visitors from the novel coronavirus.

The virtual meetings executive order is the latest step

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