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Broward County announces 11 p.m. curfew for residents amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 16:52:48-04

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (WFTS) -- Broward County will be under a curfew starting Friday night.

According to the county's emergency order, the curfew will go into effect Friday, July 17 at 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. The curfew order is expected to remain in effect every night through August 1.

On-duty police officers, fire rescue, first responders, news media, deliver or transportation drivers, government employees, folks seeking emergency medical care, front line workers and utility workers are exempt from the curfew, according to Broward County.

Residents in Broward are still allowed to commute to and from work, finish up commercial travel and walk their pets within 250 feet of their homes.

As of Friday, Tampa Bay counties have not implemented a curfew order for their residents.

Broward County's new emergency order comes as the White House Coronavirus Task Force included Florida among the 18 states that should consider rolling back their reopening plans. Florida is currently in Phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis' plan to reopen the state's economy.

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Florida's number of positive coronavirus cases stands at 327,241 as of Friday morning, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH). Broward County is among the states hit the hardest by the virus with nearly 37,000 cases.

Here in Tampa Bay, DOH reports 22,502 cases in Hillsborough County and 12,714 in Pinellas County.

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Below is the emergency order signed by Broward County: