FL Attorney General's Office Warns of Price Gouging

Date: March 14, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a COVID-19 state of emergency on March 9. Attorney General Ashley Moody says Florida’s price gouging law applies to goods and services considered “necessary for public consumption or use as a direct result of the particular facts and circumstances of the emergency.”

The attorney general’s office says, “The commodity must be essential — meaning its consumption or use is critical to the maintenance of the public health, safety, or welfare during the declared emergency.” 

During the coronavirus emergency, essential commodities include:

   • Protective masks used to protect you from others if you are sick
   • Sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand sanitizer, gel, wipes, cleaning supplies for surface cleaning, and all commercial cleaning supplies
   • All personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns, booties, gloves and other protective gear

Click here to learn more about Florida’s price gouging law. To report price gouging, call the attorney general’s hotline at 866-966-7226 or visit MyFloridaLegal.com.

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