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MASK ORDERS: Where are masks mandatory to wear in the Tampa Bay area?

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Posted at 5:39 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 18:35:34-04

FLORIDA — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout Florida many counties and cities are beginning to mandate that both residents and visitors wear masks to help prevent further spread of the virus.

RELATED: All Floridians should wear masks when social distancing isn't possible, state surgeon general says

Below ABC Action News has compiled a list of which counties and cities in the Tampa Bay area are requiring masks to be worn. Please note that if a countywide order is issued, cities within that county must follow the order. Cities can create rules that are more restrictive than the countywide rules, but not less.

Hillsborough County
Everyone inside a for-profit business that is open to the public must wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained. The executive order went into effect Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m. On Monday, July 6, the Hillsborough EPG updated the order saying customers who do not wear a mask inside a business can face fines.

Pinellas County
Pinellas County commissioners approved a new mandatory face mask ordinance as COVID-19 continues to be a threat to the community. The ordinance went into effect Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m.

Pasco County
On Tuesday, June 23, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued a mandatory face-covering order for businesses and government buildings, which is effective immediately. Children attending formal daycare or childcare programs are exempt from the county's order.

Polk County
On Tuesday, July 7, the county voted unanimously, 5-0, on a resolution to strongly recommend wearing facial coverings and practicing all of the CDC guidelines. They also approved the spending on one million masks.

Yes…the Board approved the spending and there is no mask mandate. The Board approved a resolution, 5-0, to strongly recommend wearing facial coverings and practicing all of the CDC guidelines this morning.

  • Winter Haven: The city's mask order goes into effect Tuesday, July 14 from 5 p.m. to Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m. The city will decide in a month whether to extend order.

Sarasota County
Currently, there is not a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

  • Sarasota: City leaders passed an ordinance making masks mandatory for both indoor businesses and outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. The order goes into effect Wednesday, July 1 at 12:01 a.m.

Citrus County
Currently, there is not a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

DeSoto County
Currently, there is not a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

Hardee County
Currently, there is not a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

Hernando County
Currently, there is not a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

Highlands County
Currently, there is not a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

Manatee County
Manatee County passes a mandatory mask mandate that takes effect immediately. Masks must be worn when entering indoor businesses and facilities in Manatee County.

  • Anna Maria:
    • An executive order requiring face coverings indoors when not able to maintain social distancing from others.
      • The order will be re-evaluated every six to seven days.

  • Bradenton: Leaders approved a mandatory mask ordinance Wednesday, July 15. It goes into effect Friday, July 17 at 12:01 a.m.

Other Florida Counties/Cities

This list will be updated as more details are provided by each county and city. Stay with ABC Action News for the latest.