Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has adamantly pushed for a shelter in place order for Hillsborough County. The Mayor has even said that such an order should be set for the entire state of Florida. Many residents, and Tampa city council members agree.
While Hillsborough County opted not to add a stay at home order, Castor is set on issuing it for her city.
You can also learn more about this, and the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Florida on the Tampa Bay Times website. The newspaper has removed its paywall for all COVID-19 coverage.
Ability to go to grocery store, walk your pet
The shelter in place order doesn’t mean residents will be confined to their homes. Under Castor’s order, residents would still be able to walk their dogs, and enjoy exercise outside of home, but that social distancing guidelines would be enforced, and any groups that were seen gathered outside would be broken up.
Residents would also be able to travel outside to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and to take care of family, according to a report by Creative Loafing.
St. Pete Mayor believes in statewide stay at home order
All essential businesses would remain open, and essential employees would be able to continue work.
A timeline for the order is still TBA. You can learn more about how Tampa is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the city’s website.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman echoed her sentiment in a post on Facebook on March 23, state that he would consider issuing a shelter in place order if the state does not act.
Kriseman also addressed the statement in a live stream on March 24.