Aug. 3 EPG Summary: Face Coverings Order Extended

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 199

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2020) - A majority of the members of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group voted today to extend their face coverings executive order enacted to help slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

The order requires the wearing of face coverings inside businesses that are open to the public and where employees and customers aren't able to maintain social distancing. Non-profit organizations that supply goods and services in inside areas accessible by the public must also follow the mandate. The order allows several exceptions, such as for people who have health conditions, or whose jobs can't be performed while wearing a face covering, or during exercise, among others.

Residents and business operators can read the order and a list of frequently asked questions by going to the Face Coverings and Masks page.

Under the conditions by which EPG members originally approved the order, they have revisited their decision weekly. On Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m., the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider significant revisions to the County's Emergency Management Ordinance. The proposed ordinance amendment will dissolve the Emergency Policy Group and restore emergency management authority for all disasters, hurricanes/tropical storms, emergency occurrences, pandemics, and other threats back to the County Commission. Under the proposal, any existing executive orders of the EPG - this would include the face coverings order - will remain in effect at the time emergency management authority transitions to the County Commission.

Local COVID-19 coronavirus data presented to EPG members today continued to show encouraging trends in several areas:

  • As of Aug. 1, there were 30,118 total positive cases in Hillsborough County, an increase of 11% since July 25. However, the rolling 14-day average of cases is 458, a decrease of 32%.
  • The rolling 14-day daily positive rate is 10.96%.
  • The seven-day rolling average census of hospitalizations is 422, a 21% decrease from the previous seven-day period.
  • Emergency room visits for COVID-19-like symptoms indicated a downward amount for the week of July 26.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is currently comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, the Sheriff, and Chairman of the School Board. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes. Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the County's residents during declared emergencies.

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