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Starting this Wednesday at 5 p.m., everyone out in public will have to wear a face mask in Hillsborough County, but there are some exceptions.

Members of the Hillsborough emergency policy group voted 3-5 on Monday to implement an executive order that would require the wearing of protective face coverings for Hillsborough county. The approved executive order requires everyone inside a for profit business that is open to the public, wear a mask while social distancing. The ordinance goes into effect on Wednesday June 24 at 5pm.

People exempt from the mandatory mask ordinance.

  • Persons who would be caused impairment due to an existing health condition
  • Persons working in a business or profession that don’t have to interact with other people
  • Persons working in a business or profession where they maintain social distancing from other people
  • Persons working in a business or profession where the use of face covering would prevent them from performing duties
  • Persons exercising, while maintaining social distance
  • Persons eating or drinking
  • Public safety, fire or other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies.
  • This will not apply when a person who is hearing impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate
  • Persons under the age of two
  • Persons observing social distancing guidelines.

If you don’t have the above exemptions, you are expected to wear a mask. Let’s do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

[Source: ABC ACTION NEWS]

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