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Tampa City Council cancels meetings for 30 days

Council Chairman Luis Viera notified members Monday of the cancellation due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tampa City Hall.
Tampa City Hall. [ CHARLIE FRAGO | Times ]
Published Mar. 16, 2020

TAMPA — Tampa City Council meetings will not be held for the next 30 days in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to all council members Monday, Council Chairman Luis Viera wrote that the decision was made after consultations between Mayor Jane Castor and attorneys for the city and the City Council.

Related: Hillsborough County cancels all meetings, events for next 30 days

The decision followed a similar move that Hillsborough County officials took last week, canceling all all government events for 30 days.

Viera wrote that, under the law, the Council is unable to have meetings via telephone only. Having live meetings with the public, he said, will only jeopardize public health. The council’s next public meeting is scheduled for April 16.