St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says stay-at-home order is coming soon

When asked when DeSantis should put forth a statewide stay-at-home order, Kriseman responded, “yesterday.”

click to enlarge St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says stay-at-home order is coming soon
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“Expect to see something happening in the very near future,” said St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman about a possible citywide stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The mayor’s comments happened during a Tuesday afternoon press conference on Facebook Live, where Kriseman reiterated that he would rather have the order come down from Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis. We don’t want to be an island on this,” Kriseman said. “It doesn’t do us any good if we’re the only ones doing it. That's not the best way to approach this.” 

When asked when DeSantis should put forth a statewide stay-at-home order, Kriseman responded, “yesterday.”


Kriseman did not give a specific timeframe for the stay-at-home order, but said he’s working closely with Tampa mayor Jane Castor and Pinellas County officials on creating a uniform stay-at-home order for the region.

Kriseman also said he’s looking at creating potential mobile coronavirus testing sites, as well as one at Tropicana Field. 

This announcement comes as Tampa mayor Jane Castor echoed similar sentiments this afternoon. Castor said on Tuesday she is also going ahead with a stay-at-home order for the City of Tampa, but stopped short of saying exactly when it would go into effect. 

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