ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis has not issued a statewide "stay-at-home" order so far during the coronavirus crisis.
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He has said he believes a county-by-county approach is best at this point. But St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor want to see it happen.
Kriseman said Tuesday afternoon he wants a "stay at home” order to be regional with Tampa and Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. He’s not announcing that right now, but he says that is likely coming.
Meanwhile, Castor's office said Tuesday afternoon she is moving forward with a "stay at home" plan despite the measure voted down Monday.
Hillsborough County officials say a shelter in place order is a tough call to make -- they're weighing whether it would make a big enough difference in preventing the spread of Covid-19 and if it would be worth the additional blow to families because it would mean even more people would be out of work.
In Hillsborough County, commissioners are now looking into issuing a county wide curfew.
They voted down a shelter in place order at their meeting Monday. A curfew would mean you would have to be indoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
According to partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas commissioners said they would support a shelter in place order which would allow people to exercise outdoors and keep essential businesses open.
But they say regional consistency is key.
He tweeted that a statewide order needs to be implemented and "without such an order, St. Petersburg and other municipalities across the state are likely to move forward on their own."
Castor is on the same page, saying she’s frustrated with the county for not implementing the shelter in place order.
“The fact is the science says and history has shown us with this virus the longer you wait the longer it’s going to take to recover from it and the more lives are going to be lost so we need to act quickly,” Castor said.
Hillsborough County commissioners will take up the curfew at a meeting on Thursday.
Pinellas County commissioners may take up the shelter in place order at their meeting on Thursday also.