Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay just had a really good conversation about self-care and taking care of others during the coronavirus pandemic.
The chat happened this afternoon during Castor’s regular Facebook Live segments, which are, quite honestly, the best thing to watch in the afternoons during the coronavirus pandemic.
Together with Clara Reynolds, CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Castor helped lay out this simple first step when trying to find a solution to a crisis situation during not just the pandemic, but anytime: Call 2-1-1.
The number directs you to a paid staff member who can help you get resources whether you need food, assistance after domestic abuse, or need someone to talk to you when you’re having suicidal thoughts.
Castor and Reynolds also calmly addressed other topics like self-care and how to try and care for others during this complicated time.
You should watch the talk below.
Castor also fielded a question from viewers, including one about Gov. RonDeSantis’ confusing moves surrounding a statewide stay-at-home order.
In case you missed it, last night, while sitting behind his desk in front of millions of online viewers, DeSantis signed an executive order issuing a statewide stay-at-home order. But a few hours later DeSantis also signed a second executive order that says statewide rules will “supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”
“So, the governor's order. Last night and then the amended order today, indicated that the state order supersedes all other local orders. So that means that it overrides that overall county order—but in essence, it's saying the same thing. Stay at home, stay six feet away from each other,” Castor said during the recording.
Castor also acknowledged DeSantis’ indication that religious services were an essential service.
“But that doesn't mean that churches should be open this Sunday. His order was silent on the CDC recommendations of staying six-feet apart from each other and limiting any gathering to 10 people or less,” Castor said, adding that the majority of religious leaders she’s talked to are all holding services online.
“It's not just the connection with your God. It really is the social community for so many people, but we also can't lose focus on the fact that a lot of these congregations have those individuals that are in the high risk categories, the elderly and individuals that have other health concerns. So again, stay at home whenever possible. And watch church via Facebook.”
In its online COVID-19 guide, the City of Tampa says that citizens are encouraged to voluntarily comply with the executive safer-at-home order.
“However, in the event voluntary compliance is not achieved then, in that event and as a last resort, a violation of the Executive Order may be prosecuted as a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500.00 and/or imprisonment up to 60 days,” the City added.
Ashley Bauman, Director of Communications for Castor for the City of Tampa did tell Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the city is not prosecuting those who violate the order.
“We can,” Bauman wrote in a text message. “But this isn't a police state.”
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