Hillsborough County will wait until Thursday to decide on possible curfew, shelter-in-place orders

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An eight-member panel made up of leaders from all over Hillsborough County voted to further study a stay-at-home/shelter-in-place order as well as a possible curfew for county residents.

They voted 6-to-2 to table the issues until a Thursday meeting.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman were the only two members of the Emergency Policy Group who did not vote in favor of the motion.

“We were all elected to do the right thing, to stand up and do the right thing, and this is the right thing to do,” Castor said. “The more we kick this issue down the road, the more people are going to die in our community.”

As of Monday, more than 1,100 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to records.

States and cities across the country have implemented stay-at-home orders, hoping to minimize the spread of the highly contagious disease.

“We must stop the transmission by limiting human interaction, the public should stay home,” Dr. Douglas Holt, Director of the Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County, said at the meeting.

The next policy meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

This is a developing story. Stay with WFLA for updates.

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