Stay-at-home order on the agenda at emergency Collier County meeting

Posted at 8:50 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 09:47:50-04

NAPLES, Fla -- The decision of whether or not to enact local shelter-in-place orders is taking center stage across parts of Southwest Florida, as leaders work to combat the coronavirus.

Lee County held a joint news conference Thursday, where deputies and county commissioners reminded the public that it will this weekend to gauge whether or not a shelter-in-place order is needed.

Meanwhile in Collier County, an emergency meeting is scheduled for Friday afternoon to discuss the same. County commissioners, emergency services and emergency management will discuss updates on COVID-19.

They plan to consider a mandatory stay-at-home order for residents that would close all non-essential businesses.

The emergency meeting comes as local law enforcement said people aren't following current rules in place. Naples police said that over a two-hour period on Wednesday, more than 400 people tried to access city beaches for sunset. Beaches remain closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The emergency meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.