June 19, 2020
Face Coverings Required
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. See Executive Order 20-27.
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.
Facial coverings are not required to be worn by the following persons:
- 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
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.
*Info quoted from: https://www.tampagov.net/emergency-management/covid-19
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Below are some additional resources for you to get informed about the Coronavirus.
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Get more information at https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Florida’s Recovery Plan
Phase 1 will begin Monday, May 4th.
- A PDF copy of Executive Order 20-112 is available here
- Q&A provided by the Governor's Office can be found here
- Watch the full Press Conference here
- View the presentation here
- Governor’s COVID-19 Resources Webpage
Toplines for restarting our state’s economy include:
- Extending Florida’s Safer at Home Executive Order until midnight on Sunday, May 3rd
- Upon the expiration of the Safer at Home order, all Florida counties with the exception of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward, will begin to reopen using a phased-in approach
- Schools remain distance learning
- Visits to senior facilities remain prohibited
- Hospitals will be allowed to resume non-essential elective surgeries
- Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with 6ft. space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
- Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity
- Movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers, bars, and personal service (such as salons) will remain closed under the initial reopen phase
Additional guidance is as follows:
- Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside their home.
- All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from each other.
- Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
- Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where social distancing isn’t possible.
This is a hotline for people with questions about coronavirus.
The phone number to call is 866-779-6121.
The call center is open 24/7
More Information and Resources
National and International Resources
Funding for Past-Due Bills Now Available for
Hillsborough County Residents in Need
Hillsborough County is opening a special call center on Monday, April 27, to help all Hillsborough County residents get access to disaster recovery funds available to assist in paying utility bills, rent, and even mortgage payments.
Residents of Tampa, Plant City, Temple Terrace, and unincorporated Hillsborough County who have seen a reduction in or loss of wages resulting from layoff or lessening of hours due to COVID-19, are eligible to apply.
The funds can be used to pay past-due utility bills and/or lease/mortgage payments in the name of the person applying for assistance. For instance, if the electric bill is in your spouse's name, your spouse must be the one to apply for R3 assistance with Social Services.
All Hillsborough residents can call the Rapid Response Assistance Call Center at (813) 274-3710 beginning on Monday. The call center will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Learn more about eligibility, how to apply, and more, here
FREE FACE MASKS
Manatee County is giving out free face masks in areas hardest hit by the coronavirus. Giveaway locations include the South County Tallevast Distribution Center on Monday from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Transit Fleet Facility at 2411 Tallavast road. There will also be hand sanitizer refills for anyone who brings a pump or squeeze container. In Palmetto and Bradenton masks will be distributed starting Monday at all MCR Health locations Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. They will also be available while supplies last, at three Manatee Youth Centers from 12:00 pm till 2:00 pm. They are the Palmetto Youth Center on 17th Street West, the Rubonia Community Center at 1309 72nd Street East in Palmetto, and the 13th Avenue Dream Center at 922 24th Street East in Bradenton. The masks are disposable but can but used more than once if they are not soiled.