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Tampa Issues Outdoor Mask Mandate For Super Bowl, Castor Says

Masks will be required at crowded outdoor events around the Super Bowl, including the Super Bowl Experience.
Masks will be required at crowded outdoor events around the Super Bowl, including the Super Bowl Experience.

Fans attending outdoor Super Bowl activities in Tampa will be required to wear face masks.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor signed an executive order Wednesday that extends an existing mandate to include outdoor events and gatherings at "entertainment districts" including Ybor City.

“We have a mask order in place and we are extending that for a number of the outdoor areas that we know will be densely populated with Super Bowl fans,” Castor said in a Facebook Live video Wednesday, in which she provided updates on the city's efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The order would include events such as the Super Bowl Experience, a fan event that will take place at various locations along the Tampa Riverwalk starting Friday.

It would also include the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.

The order says those who aren’t wearing a mask can be cited with a “nominal civil infraction” that carries a penalty up to a $500 fine.

It will remain in place until Feb. 13 — nearly a week after the Super Bowl ends. There are a few exceptions, including children under 5.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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