Florida high court justice limits child visitations over virus worries

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Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady on Friday temporarily limited court-ordered family visitation in child-protective cases, pointing to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The decision involves children who are under the supervision of the state Department of Children and Families and visits by their parents, siblings or other people.

Through April 17, such visits will be conducted through video communications instead of in-person unless “all parties and the caregiver agree that the visitation can take place in a manner that does not pose a health threat,”

Canady wrote in a four-page order. If video communications are not available, telephone calls would be an alternative.

The order said “alternatives to in-person visitation are necessary to protect the health, safety, and well-being of these children, their families, their caregivers, and others in the community during this state of emergency and public health emergency.”

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