At today’s City Commission meeting, Commissioners tabled a last-minute addition to the agenda related to options for mitigating COVID-19 spread caused by large outdoor gatherings.
The agenda item was added by the Tallahassee Police Department.
The decision comes after a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Tallahassee as well as an increase in TPD calls to large gatherings.
The agenda item included a proposed emergency ordinance that would have prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people in outdoor spaces between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The proposed ordinance defined outdoor spaces to include parking lots, streets, parks, driveways and pools, but the ordinance would not have applied to gatherings at single-family homes, churches, temporary housing, restaurants and bars or universities.
Tallahassee Police Department Chief Lawrence Revell also proposed forming a task force for handling large gatherings, which he said have been made up mostly of college-aged people.
The task force would collaborate with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), the Florida State University Police Department, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College.
“Proposed work of the task force includes obtaining video recordings to identify attendees, as well as the tag numbers of any vehicles,” staff reports.
Disciplinary action could be taken against FSU, FAMU and TCC students identified as attendees of large gatherings.
The Commissioners plan to revisit the agenda item at their next meeting.