Normally being a tattletale is frowned on, but not in a world where a deadly virus is taking human lives.
Some people (and businesses) either don’t understand the danger, refuse to take the coronavirus threat seriously or think that the rules don’t apply to them and they continue to congregate in groups. To recap, here’s just some of what’s allowed under, the statewide stay-at-home order:
- Attending religious services (srsly)
- Shopping at grocery stores, getting medications from pharmacies
- Fueling up at gas stations
- Washing clothes at laundromats
- Going outside to walk, jog, fish, hunt, swim, bike and participate in other recreational activities as long as people don’t gather in groups of more than 10 and stay at least 6 feet apart—looking at you, Seminole Heights porch parties
Here’s some of what isn’t allowed:
- Visiting or working in a place that’s not an essential service (journalists are essential, and we need your help)
- Gathering in groups of 10 or more people, or be closer than 6 feet to others—this includes hammock communities, St. Pete
- Visiting family or friends socially
- Visiting someone in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility without contacting the service beforehand.
Some of you who’ve come across these jerks are probably wondering what you can do. If you’re trying to narc on these fools, know this: Don’t call 911—those dispatchers have other very important matters to deal with.
Instead, review the above statewide stay-at-home order covers then try telling on violators using one of these options:
- The Pinellas County Sheriff has a COVID-19 call center at (727-582-8477).
- In Hillsborough County, there are two numbers, one to report businesses not complying (850-487-1395). If using a phone gives you anxiety, there’s also a way to report violations to the county online.
- The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has a non-emergency line for reporting residents not adhering to social distancing regulations (813-247-8200).
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