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Tallahassee, Leon County officials discuss reinstating curfew to curb large gatherings

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 18:33:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — City of Tallahassee and Leon County leaders are discussing the possibility of instating another curfew to help drive-down COVID-19 numbers.

Mayor Pro Tem Dianne Williams-Cox posted to social media Tuesday, pointing to the high numbers across the state.

Florida comes in at number two in the nation, topped only by California.

She says she hopes the community will support the call for a curfew as a way to prevent large gatherings.

"The call to action comes just after hundreds gathered at a convenience store on the corner of Orange and Springhill where one person was shot," said Williams-Cox.

Williams-Cox says now is also a good time to consider the curfew as college students will be returning to the Capital City, which may increase the likelihood of large group activity.

Gadsden County has had a curfew in place for several weeks.

Administrators there say large gatherings are one of the greatest challenges in mitigating the virus spread, but they still believe having the curfew in place has helped keep their numbers low.

"I honestly do believe it has been effective because, in the absence of it, I really do not, I can't imagine how fast our rate of positivity would have been," said Dr. Anthony Viegbesie, Gadsden County commissioner. "I will say it has actually helped tremendously to mitigate the rate of positivity as numbers increased."

No word yet on when a curfew for Leon would take effect or the hours it would cover.

The most recent coronavirus curfew was in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. with the option for leaders to renew it weekly.