City of Tampa mandatory face mask ordinance begins Friday night

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The mandatory face mask ordinance for City of Tampa residents begins Friday at 5 p.m.

Mayor Jane Castor announced the ordinance during Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group meeting on Thursday.

“The community is looking for leadership and that is what they need right now,” she said. “I’m going to put a mandatory mask ordinance for the City of Tampa right now to protect our citizens.”

The ordinance states, “Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Tampa shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions.”

Below are the exceptions to the ordinance:

  • Persons under the age of two years
  • Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
  • Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons
  • Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person
  • Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
  • Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing
  • Persons while eating or drinking
  • Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies
  • The requirement shall not apply when a person who is hearing-impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate

You are not required to wear a mask outside unless you are unable to socially distance.

If someone is found without a mask or face-covering, it will be a civil citation.

To read Mayor Castor’s ordinance in full, click here.

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