Mayor Castor: Stay-at-home order could come as soon as Monday

Posted at 7:15 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 17:52:49-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Mayor Jane Castor says Tampa residents should prepare for a stay-at-home order in the coming days.

In a press conference Saturday, Castor said that if Governor Ron DeSantis doesn’t declare a stay-at-home order at the state level, that order will likely come here at the local level.


Mayor Castor announced that a stay-at-home order could come as soon as Monday in the City of Tampa. That’s if Gov. DeSantis doesn’t beat her to it and declare that order beforehand.

While we know this raises some concerns for a lot of people, we want to ease your minds a little. A stay-at-home order does not mean that all businesses will be closing up shop.

Mayor Castor said the essential businesses will remain open, even under a stay-at-home order. Those essential businesses include hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, as well as takeout, delivery and drive-thru food options.

Mayor Castor said she wants everyone to remain calm during this time, and she wants to reassure people that everything you need will be available to you.

“We understand that it’s going to be an inconvenience, it’s frustrating, but the quicker we take these steps, the quicker we’ll be able to get through this,” said Mayor Castor.

Mayor Castor said the goal of a stay-at-home order is social distancing.

She reminds people an order has not yet been put in place, she just wants to let people know, it is likely coming.

Mayor Castor said if a stay-at-home order is not issued at the state level by Monday, she and other city officials are planning to meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday to make a decision on a local order.