Face Coverings & Masks Still Required; Local State of Emergency Remains in Effect
Hillsborough County’s Protective Face Coverings Order remains in effect even under Phase 3 of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. While the Governor’s Order issued on Sept. 25 suspended the collection of fines enforced upon individuals, protective face coverings are still required within businesses under the County's Order.
The executive order declaring a local state of emergency due to the countywide threat posed by COVID-19 also remains in effect.
The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted on Oct. 7, 2020 to address emergency management issues related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during regular BOCC meetings. These discussions will now be an agenda item during the regular BOCC meetings.
On the weeks when there are no regular BOCC meetings, the Chairman or the County Administrator is authorized under the County’s Emergency Management Ordinance to extend the Board’s orders, including the state of local emergency. A state of local emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless extended. 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, and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses
The BOCC will still be able to call a Special Meeting to address COVID-19 issues at any time, with a 24-hour notice.