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Tampa mayor to issue outdoor mask order for Super Bowl

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TAMPA (WFLA) – The mayor of Tampa said Wednesday she will be extending the city’s mask order for fans celebrating the Super Bowl in the coming days to help combat coronavirus concerns surrounding the big game

“You have to do your part you have to wear your mask whenever you are out in the public and you can’t social distance from others and there’s gonna be specific outdoor areas where there’s gonna be a mask mandate,” said Mayor Jane Castor.

Mayor Jane Castor announced she will be expanding on the current mask order and adding requirements for outdoor areas ahead of Super Bowl LV. She made the announcement in a Facebook Live video with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.

Mayor Castor said the order will require masks outdoors in “areas that we expect to be densely populated with Super Bowl fans.” Areas like the Super Bowl Experience already requires a mask.

The mayor’s office did not provide the exact text for her order but said additional information is expected to be released tomorrow.

At this point, many questions remain as to the specifics of the new mask mandate, including the areas where it will be enforced. Right now, masks will be required at all NFL venues.

With big crowds expected all over Tampa, will highly populated hot spots be listed in the mandate, including Armature Works, Ybor City and the Riverwalk? Will fans in those locations be required to mask up while outside?

It is certainly possible since Mayor Castor indicated that “densely populated” areas will fall under the new mandate.

Fans, like Alia Santos, say she doesn’t mind wearing a mask, even if she’s outside. “I just appreciate that we’re still allowed to have these events going on,” Santos told 8 on your Side.

The Tampa resident gave high marks to the Mayor. “I think the Mayor has a very tough job. I give her applause,” said Santos.

8 on your Side wanted to know how people feel about wearing a mask while outside at crowded events during Super Bowl weekend.

We spoke with fan after fan, and they all gave an overwhelming thumbs up when it comes to masking up outdoors in packed places.

Some even had questions for Mayor Castor ahead of her news conference Thursday.

“Mrs. Mayor, what is your plant to enforce a mask outside,” said Tampa resident Ayman Hussein. “How do you go about that?”

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