Order to shutter non-essential businesses fails in Collier County  

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An executive order to temporarily close non-essential businesses in Collier County because of the coronavirus unanimously failed Friday afternoon during a special emergency meeting of county commissioners. 

After more than 30 residents spoke against aspects of the order during the nearly four-hour meeting, commissioners talked about delaying a vote until next week before eventually shooting down the proposal made by county staff. The measure also mandated that residents stay in their homes, and would have closed the county to all tourists and leisure visitors for three weeks. 

State Rep. Byron Donalds of Naples was one of the public speakers against the executive order, telling county officials that he doesn’t think they have the authority to enact a stay-at-home order. He implied that the local order was eroding rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Meanwhile, Lee County has an emergency meeting related to the pandemic scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday. 

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