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What does the safer-at-home order look like in Southwest Florida?

It’s the first full day of the governor’s safer-at-home order, but people continued to venture out for the essentials on Friday.

Armed with masks and plastic gloves, shoppers hunted for toilet paper and cleaning supplies at stores.

With people spending more time at home, and many contractors continuing to work, home improvement stores are also a hot spot for shoppers, who were maintaining a safe distance from each other while at Home Depot.

“If there’s a crowd in a store, obviously that’s going to be an issue,” said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno on Thursday. “Is that crowd five people? Or 15? Is it business as usual? Again, we need..  and there’s so many people calling in to tell us certain things and we want that.. but we need people to listen.”

Other areas, like Marco Island, closely resemble ghost towns, with hardly any drivers on the roads.

Popular shopping centers have cleared out, and many other stores have posted “closed” signs on their doors.

The WINK News drone captured a nearly deserted Fort Myers Beach, with hardly any traffic moving around.

Instead, we saw more families out and about in neighborhoods, walking or bicycling.

And with boating still allowed, many people continue to take advantage of getting out on the water, enjoying the fresh air.

Collier County said traffic overall decreased around 40% throughout the month of March as restrictions got tighter. With the governor’s safer-at-home order, officials expect even fewer cars on the road over the next month.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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