Manatee County Commissioners Approve Temporary Local Curfew

Residents of Manatee County will now have to abide by a curfew to help fight the potential spread of the Coronavirus.

The Manatee Board of County Commissioners voted 5-2 to enact a nighttime curfew, effective Friday, April 3rd, at 11 p.m. The curfew requires most county residents to stay home from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, unless they are on essential business, such as driving to or from work.

The curfew was recommended to commissioners by the county’s policy group, which includes the public safety director, county administrator, commission chair, mayors, police chiefs and the sheriff, one day after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

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