Coronavirus: Mayors Jane Castor and Rick Kriseman send message of unity in PSA

Coronavirus

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa mayor Jane Castor and St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman have joined forces in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus in Tampa Bay.

The mayors posted a video on YouTube urging citizens to practice social distancing and use common-sense practices such as hand washing to help prevent the virus from spreading.

“Mayor Kriseman and I are on the same page when it comes to protecting our cities, our communities, and our region,” Castor said. “This virus knows no boundaries, and it can only be stopped if we all work together. That means working proactively–on both sides of the bridge–to flatten the curve.”

Castor said Tuesday that she was ready to issue a stay-at-home order for the city this week, but Hillsborough County officials pushed back by issuing an order of their own, saying no portion of the county should be ordered to shelter in place until they say so.

The county is now working to finalize the details of a “safer at home” order and curfew. The orders will be scheduled to go in effect Friday at 10 p.m.

In Pinellas County, a “safer at home” order begins Thursday at noon.

“This public health emergency is a test of our strength and resilience. We are confident our residents will do the right thing and remain safe at home as much as possible in order to get our cities back to normal as soon as possible,” said Kriseman.

For more information and updates about coronavirus, visit the City of Tampa’s website at tampagov.net/COVID-19 and text TAMPAREADY or TAMPALISTA to 888-777. For information related to the City of St. Petersburg, please visit stpete.org/emergency.

LATEST STORIES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Tampa Bay restaurants adjust to “survive” during coronavirus pandemic

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay restaurants adjust to “survive” during coronavirus pandemic"

Coronavirus cases in Florida surge past 6,300

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coronavirus cases in Florida surge past 6,300"

Coronavirus; More than 5,000 classes at USF transition to online

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coronavirus; More than 5,000 classes at USF transition to online"

Let's boogie! Local dance studio offers FREE virtual lessons during coronavirus

Thumbnail for the video titled "Let's boogie! Local dance studio offers FREE virtual lessons during coronavirus"

Tuesday Midday Weather Update

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tuesday Midday Weather Update"

Attorneys call arrest of Tampa megachurch pastor after packed Sunday services "unconstitutional"

Thumbnail for the video titled "Attorneys call arrest of Tampa megachurch pastor after packed Sunday services "unconstitutional""

St. Petersburg parks open, for now

Thumbnail for the video titled "St. Petersburg parks open, for now"

Tampa Bay area workers continue to be unable to file for unemployment benefits through state

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay area workers continue to be unable to file for unemployment benefits through state"

Sarasota County reports cases of COVID-19 at senior care facilities

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sarasota County reports cases of COVID-19 at senior care facilities"

Why are Floridians waiting up to 11 days for COVID-19 test results?

Thumbnail for the video titled "Why are Floridians waiting up to 11 days for COVID-19 test results?"

a nonprofit organization is delivering free pet food to pet owners across Hillsborough County

Thumbnail for the video titled "a nonprofit organization is delivering free pet food to pet owners across Hillsborough County"
More Local News

Coronavirus Need-to-Know Info

More Coronavirus

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss