UPDATE: A few moments ago, Hillsborough County‘s emergency policy group vote to do away with the curfew. They said there was confusion and redundancy with the state’s “Safer At Home” order. The vote was unanimous.
Tampa area officials approved a curfew between 9pm and 5am. The vote was 5-3 today and goes into effect immediately. They say young adults are the big reason this has been put in place. Tampa Mayor Castor said she was in favor of the curfew “for a couple of weeks” to make it easier for cops to break up gatherings. Plant City’s mayor Rick Lott disagreed saying the current safer-at-home policy is already working, saying “I do have to question the effectiveness because we’ve heard the majority of these gatherings are occurring during the daytime and evening.” He added the gatherings are already against the law.
Another topic discussed was making the use of face masks in public mandatory. The group says they will discuss it further and vote on that Thursday.