TAMPA -- Here's a rundown of coronavirus related developments in the Tampa Bay area Monday:
St Petersburg's mayor has banned all public gatherings of more than 50 people on public and private property... with promises to disperse anyone who disobeys. Rick Kriseman is also cutting capacity at businesses by 50 percent, and pushing bar closing time to 9 pm. Bars that don't comply could lose their liquor licenses.
The fate of WWE's Wrestlemania 36, set for April 5th at Raymond James Stadium, remains up in the air. WWE sources tell TMZ that several options are under consideration, including a no-audience presentation.
If your driver's license expires between now and April 15th, you get a break. Governor DeSantis has extended those licenses for 30 days, and late renewal fees will be waived.
The Pinellas tax collector is closing two offices and suspending road tests and concealed carry licensing services until at least March 27th.
A bay area state lawmaker is calling on Governor DeSantis to encourage grocery stores and pharmacies to set up senior-only shopping hours. Representative Chris Latvala of Pinellas County says it would allow the elderly to stock up without fear of contracting COVID-19. Seniors are considered at particular risk for the worst effects of coronavirus. Nearly a quarter of Florida's population is over 60.
Hernando County is closing two beaches, following CDC guidance discouraging mass gatherings of more than 50 people. Pine Island Park and Rogers Park will be closed beginning Tuesday (17th). The Rogers Park Boat Ramp will remain open.
Hillsborough sheriff Chad Chronister is banning onsite video visitation and closing the lobbies at the two county jails. Chronister tells Newsradio WFLA's AM Tampa Bay that he's brought in a contractor to sanitize the jail and that deputies have been issued masks, gowns and gloves.
Sarasota police are closing the front desk and records office until further notice.
Vinik Sports Group, parent operator of the Tampa Bay Lightning, says all offices and facilities, including Amalie Arena, Yuengling Center and others, will be close until at least March 30th, with employees and staff asked to work from home. Lightning Made community hockey programs and the Lightning Made Training Center are also shut down. The Bolts are also delaying the first payment on 2020-21 season tickets, due March 16th, until April 15th, thus creating a pro-rated 11-month payment plan, and five months for those on the six month plan.
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