Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group Declares State of Local Emergency

COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 3
Hillsborough County, Fla. (March 12, 2020) - The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group (EPG) today declared a state of local emergency in response to COVID-19 coronavirus.

Under the Executive Order, County Administrator Mike Merrill has the authority to carry out all emergency responsibilities delegated by the EPG, including taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

Highlights of the Executive Order include:

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County remains the lead advisory agency for this event.
The County Administrator is authorized to convene all major health organizations in Hillsborough County to develop and coordinate, in conjunction with the Department of Health, the management of testing related to COVID-19.
All State and/or local business licensees, vendors, merchants, and any other person operating a retail business in Hillsborough County, is hereby prohibited from charging more than the normal average retail price, as defined in Section 22-23 (b) (1) g, of Hillsborough County Code, for any goods, materials, or services sold.

The state of local emergency is in effect for seven days. The EPG's next meeting is scheduled March 19 at 1:30 p.m.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, the Sheriff, and Chairman of the School Board. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes. Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the County's residents during declared emergencies.

Hillsborough County partially activated its Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday. A limited activation of the EOC allows the County and partner agencies to better monitor actions related to the virus and coordinate resources and operations.

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