Some FL cities making masks mandatory, amid statewide spike in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:55 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 05:55:42-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- As we continue to watch the uptick of new coronavirus cases in Florida, some cities are make wearing a mask mandatory.

Fox 4 has reached out to local leaders to see if they're considering requiring masks in Southwest Florida.

In the meantime, we can report that nearby cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg plan to have ordinances like this go into effect Friday.

On Thursdat, Florida saw more than 3,200 new coronavirus cases.

Tampa's ordinance will require people to wear masks indoors. The mayor there said the decision comes because the city is just getting back up on its feet economically, and the last thing they want is to go into reverse and have to have businesses close down again.

In St. Petersburg, the ordinance requires all business employees to wear a mask when dealing with the public. It includes those at bars, restaurants, gyms, retail and personal service businesses. They can otherwise face fines.

Both cities say the new rules will go into effect tonight at 5:00 p.m.