What does it mean?
Hillsborough County issued a Safer-at-Home Order to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This applies to all residents within Hillsborough County including the cities of Plant City, Tampa,and Temple Terrace, effective as of 10:00 p.m. on March 27, 2020. Residents do not require a pass or a letter to show to authorities. Safer-At-Home means all residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, except in those circumstances outlined below.
How long will it last?
The order is in place until it is rescinded by the Emergency Policy Group.
What you can do
- Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
- Commute to and from work if your employer is an essential business or has ensured you can maintain at least 6 feet from your co-workers or customers
- Go to the pharmacy or other medical establishments to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
- Go to medical appointments (but first, check with your doctor or medical provider)
- Go to a restaurant for take-out or drive-thru
- Care for or support a friend or family member in need
- Take a walk, run, or exercise outside – just remember to practice social distancing — that means at least 6 feet between you and others in the community
- Walk your pets or take them to the vet
- Take your child where they need to go if its directed by a custody sharing agreement or order
- Grocery stores
- Restaurant delivery and drive thrus
- Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers
- Gas stations
- Veterinarian offices
- Businesses engaged in food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
- Businesses that provide shelter and social services
- Hardware and gardening stores
- Firearm and ammunition supply stores
- Newspaper, television, radio and other media services
- Businesses that provide food and shelter
- Fire Rescue
- First responders
- Law enforcement
- Essential federal employees and military personnel
- Personnel employed by an entity identified as one of the sixteen critical infrastructure sectors by the Cyber-Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland
- Security when pursuing work-related functions, or traveling directly to or from work and their respective residents.
- State and local government employees providing services during this state of emergency
- School district employees providing services during this state of emergency
- Medical and health-related personnel
- Mass transit personnel
If my business isn’t listed as “essential” do I have to close?
Non-essential businesses that are unable to maintain the required physical distancing (6 feet) to keep employees and customers safe, must close. Businesses who have questions about how the order impacts them can call the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center at (813) 204-9267
The Safer-at-Home Order directs residents to remain at home whenever possible. There are many exceptions to the Safer-at-Home Order.