Face Coverings Required

Executive Order 2020-30
Mayor's message about face covering

Per Executive Order 2020-30, every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Tampa is required to 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. See Executive Order 2020-30.

Please note: Medical and surgical face masks, such as "N95" masks or other similar medical or surgical masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment.

Exceptions

Facial coverings are not required to be worn by the following persons:

  • Persons under the age of eight 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

This order does not require or allow a person to wear a face covering so as to conceal the identity of the wearer in violation of Fla. Stat. Chapter 876.

Learn more about face coverings and how you can make one at home.

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Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00pm.

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 companion(s).

However, there are exceptions to the face covering requirement.

The following are excluded from Executive Order 2020-30:

  • Persons under the age of eight 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 also maintaining social distancing
  • Persons 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.

Face coverings are required in any indoor location (excluding one’s home or residence) when not maintaining social distancing from other persons.

Face coverings don’t need to be worn outdoors unless you can’t maintain a physical distance of six feet from others. If you can keep the physical distance, a face covering is not needed when you are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outside.

Executive Order 2020-30, which requires the use of face coverings in indoor public settings inside Tampa city limits, is in effect within the City of Tampa.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group has also ordered a face covering requirement, effective throughout Hillsborough County.

A “Face Covering” is a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store-bought or homemade, concurrent with CDC guidelines.

Examples and instructions on how to create compliant, homemade face coverings may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.

Homemade coverings, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are all OK. The CDC has provided simple steps for making a cloth face covering with everyday items from your home that can be found here. A video showing how to make a cloth face covering can be found here.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Be made of more than one layer of fabric that you can still breathe through
  • Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. Follow the CDC’s guidance on how to properly wash cloth face coverings.

Note: Medical grade masks should be saved for healthcare workers.

The City of Tampa has proudly distributed more than 400,000 free face masks to individuals and businesses in our community. City officials are working on obtaining more face masks, but distribution is currently closed.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The primary role of the use of face coverings is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.

The intent of the requirement is to allow the community to resume normal activities while also preventing the further spread of COVID-19. However, a violation will be a noncriminal civil infraction, enforceable under Sec. 1-6 and Sec. 23.5-4, City of Tampa Code, which carries a penalty of up to a $500 fine. Pursuant to the Hillsborough County Executive Order, a violation of this order may also be enforced pursuant to the provisions of Section 252.50, Fla. Stat. and be prosecuted as a second-degree misdemeanor punishable as provided in Section 775.082. or 775.083, Florida Statute.

Business operators shall be required to ensure compliance with and enforce the provisions of this Order. All business operators of an indoor location of a business that is open to the public in Hillsborough County shall require all persons within the location to wear a face-covering when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or others residing in their home or companions and/or subject to the listed exceptions.

For questions or concerns regarding the order, call 1 (833) TPA-INFO (872-4636) - available Mon-Friday from 9am-4pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. To report a noncompliant restaurants or bars, call the Florida Department of Business and Regulation (DBPR) complaint line at (850) 487-1395.

For your own safety, do not confront or start an argument with individuals without face coverings. Stay 6 feet away from people who are not wearing face coverings. You may also call or talk to the business owner about your concerns if you see staff or customers who are not wearing face covers in indoor public settings.

Be kind! If someone is not wearing a face covering, we should also be accepting that the individual has a valid reason, including concerns for their own safety. Please do not shame or yell at people who are not wearing face coverings. Others may have breathing problems or health issues you do not know about. People who cannot wear a cloth face covering are not required to show proof of their medical condition nor are they required to name their medical condition.

The face covering requirement will remain in effect in the City of Tampa for so long as a state of local emergency is in effect or unless otherwise modified or repealed.