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Hillsborough County rescinds countywide mask mandate

Posted at 12:03 PM, May 05, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County rescinded its face-covering order on Wednesday morning.

The announcement comes after Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order earlier this week invalidating local emergency orders and COVID-19 restrictions.

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The county extended its local state of emergency on April 29 through May 6, which is still in effect. County officials say the state of emergency is separate from the mask order.

The school board isn't impacted by the rule and a mask mandate remains in effect for all county schools through the end of this school year. The school board said it was committed to closing out the year "with the health of our students and staff at the forefront."

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Businesses in Hillsborough are free to impose their own restrictions.

Pinellas County rescinded its face-covering order on Tuesday.

For more information about COVID-19 in Hillsborough County, click here.