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Stay-at-home order: Tampa's mayor wants it, but the county tries to put on the brakes

Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said no stay-at-home order "shall be applicable" anywhere.

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Mayor Jane Castor expressed frustration and disappointment with Hillsborough County on Monday over not implementing a countywide stay-at-home order as part of an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Her feelings likely won't change much with the county's latest stance Tuesday afternoon.

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Not long after Castor's office confirmed the mayor will issue a stay-at-home order Wednesday to keep city residents in their homes, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said no stay-at-home order "shall be applicable" anywhere in the county.

The full statement reads:

"Pursuant to the discussions which took place at the Emergency Policy Group meeting of March 23, 2020 the vote by the Group to not institute a Stay-at-Home Order at this time, and in order to ensure unity of action throughout the county, I am confirming that decision by directing that no Stay-at-Home order shall be applicable in any portion of Hillsborough County until further direction by the Emergency Policy Group, unless as may be necessary under my delegated authority."

Castor spokeswoman Ashley Bauman replied to the county:

"The Mayor will continue to take the steps necessary to protect the residents of Tampa."

Castor confirmed a stay-at-home order likely will go into effect at midnight Thursday.

County leaders Monday opted not to consider a countywide stay-at-home order but instead wished to discuss a curfew. They say it will come up for a discussion at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday during a Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group meeting.

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