Kissimmee, Florida – Florida’s elementary and secondary education system will be closed until April 15, at a time when the seventh death from the coronavirus was announced, Governor Ron DeSantis announced today.
Meanwhile, public universities will not have classes in people again throughout the semester. All university classes will be offered online.
DeSantis maintained that elementary and secondary school students will not be tested this semester and parents will have the option of having their children repeat the grade if they deem it appropriate.RELATED
The Florida governor also announced the closure of bars and nightclubs.
Restaurants may remain open, but they must ensure that the tables are at least six feet apart.
On Monday, United States President Donald Trump – who last week declared a national emergency because of the spread of the coronavirus – recommended that citizens avoid meetings of 10 or more people for the next two weeks, according to the guides from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are following suggestions from the state and federal level. Everyone is working to make the decisions that protect our residents, ”said the president of the Osceola County School Board, Puerto Rican Kelvin Soto.
Osceola County has about 70,000 students, 65% of them Hispanic. About half of the Hispanic student population is of Puerto Rican origin, according to Soto.
Meanwhile, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer adopted state government guidelines.
Dyer praised the efforts of local restaurants – such as Mesón Sandwiches – to limit their operations to the service of take-away food and / or reduce the number of customers in their establishments.
The municipality urged residents and local businesses financially impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) to contact groups such as the Heart of Florida United Way at 2-1-1 and small businesses to complete the Administration of Damage Assessment Survey. Small Business (SBA).
“COVID-19 will be one of the greatest challenges that our community has faced. This is bigger than all of us. Our goal right now is to stop the spread of the virus and we must work together to make that happen, “said Mayor Dyer.