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Don't Overpay for Coronavirus Supplies

Florida price gouging law is in effect on essential supplies like hand sanitizer and cleaning materials

Under declared states of emergency, Florida's price gouging law immediately takes effect to prohibit extreme increases in the prices of essential items such as food, ice, gas, hotels, and water 30 days before and throughout the duration of the emergency.

In response to the governor's declaration of a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 coronavirus on March 9, Florida's Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated the state's Price Gouging Hotline. Residents and visitors can report suspected price gouging or unlicensed contractors by calling the hotline at 1 (866) 9-NO-SCAM or 1 (866) 966-7226.

At this time, essential items covered by Florida's price gouging law under the COVID-19 state of emergency include:

  • Protective masks used to protect against spreading illness
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand sanitizer, gel, wipes, cleaning supplies for surfaces, and all commercial cleaning supplies
  • All personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns, booties, gloves, and other protective gear

For more information on price gouging, visit MyFloridaLegal.com.

Hillsborough County and the Department of Health continue to remind residents and visitors to help prevent colds, flu, and coronavirus by taking the following steps:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you're sick.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.