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City of Miami orders residents to shelter in place to prevent spread of coronavirus

Posted: 8:43 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 20:59:58-04
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MIAMI -- The City of Miami is ordering all of its residents to shelter in place and stay at home starting Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Miami residents are ordered to stay at home "until further notice," according to the city's press release. The city also said all non-essential travel within Miami -- including by car, public transit and motorcycle -- is prohibited.

The city listed the following exceptions for the shelter-in-place order:

  • Travel within the City to seek goods and services from essential retail establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Travel within the City to perform work in support of essential activities and establishments
  • Travel within the City to deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services

The announcement comes as Governor Ron DeSantis continues to maintain his stance on not shutting down the state. Gov. DeSantis said during Monday night's press conference that shutting down all of Florida would be "unadvisable."

Here in the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough County will meet Thursday on possibly issuing a county-wide curfew. The county on Monday night opted out of issuing a stay-at-home order for its residents.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, on the other hand, has pushed for the idea of ordering residents to issue a stay at home. On Tuesday evening, she announced she is hoping to enact a stay-at-home order for Tampa residents for Wednesday and then have the order go in effect at 11:59 p.m.

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