May 5 BOCC COVID-19 Summary: Businesses Can Require Face Coverings and Other Protocols

COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 302

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 5, 2021) - Hillsborough County Commissioners today urged residents to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus and to continue other safety measures, especially now that the County's face coverings order and certain restrictions on businesses are no longer in effect.

Provisions contained in the County's face coverings order were suspended when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-102. Among other things, the statewide order suspended all local COVID-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses.

Commissioners today received a summary from the County Attorney on Executive Order 21-102 impacts:

  • The County's mandate that face coverings must be worn in indoor locations of businesses and not-for-profit facilities is no longer in effect.
  • Other restrictions on businesses, including those aimed at reducing overcrowding in bars and nightclubs, are no longer in effect.
  • Restaurants, stores, and other businesses and organizations may still adopt their own face coverings requirements and other COVID-19 safety protocols to protect employees and customers.
  • Hillsborough County government may continue with COVID-19 safety measures, including face coverings, at County facilities.
  • The governor's order does not affect Hillsborough County's state of local emergency enacted in response to the pandemic. The current declaration can continue to be extended in seven-day increments. The emergency declaration gives the County Administrator and emergency managers the ability to quickly take certain actions to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community - such as COVID-19 vaccination operations - and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses.

With that, a majority of Commissioners approved extending the COVID-19 state of local emergency. When signed, the extension will be in effect at least through May 13.

In their comments today, Commissioners strongly urged individuals and businesses to take responsibility and use good judgment moving forward. Community transmission of COVID-19 remains firmly entrenched in Hillsborough even as demand for the vaccine has declined sharply. It's critical, Commissioners said, that all eligible residents take advantage of the widespread opportunities to be vaccinated. Find locations at

County Commissioners will discuss the state of local emergency and other COVID-19 issues at their next regular meeting on Wednesday, May 19.

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