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Mayor Castor Issues Executive Order Requiring Masks in Event Zones and Entertainment Districts Ahead of Super Bowl LV

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In an effort to protect the health and safety of Super Bowl fans and the community, Mayor Jane Castor has signed Executive Order 2021-07 requiring the use of face coverings outdoors within specific locations in the City of Tampa defined as Event Zones and Entertainment Districts (maps are attached to the Order as exhibits). The Order is intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at sites where large crowds of people are likely to congregate for Super Bowl related activities, with limited ability to remain socially distanced from each other. 

“We are incredibly excited to host a fun and safe Super Bowl here in Tampa—but we need everyone to do their part. We want fans to feel confident knowing that when they come out to celebrate Super Bowl LV, they can do so safely in a city that takes this pandemic seriously,” says Tampa Mayor, Jane Castor. “In football terms, it’s simple—masks are the right defense. Don’t let COVID-19 intercept your ability to make unforgettable memories or keep your loved ones safe. We are grateful to the NFL and the Host Committee for being amazing partners and going above and beyond to implement strict COVID-19 safety precautions. Now, we need everyone to take personal responsibility to keep themselves, others fans and our Tampa Bay community safe.” 

“Thank you to Mayor Castor and the City of Tampa for quickly implementing this Executive Order to enhance the health and safety of Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s along with other key surrounding areas,” says Rob Higgins, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee. “This is yet another example of how Team Tampa Bay and the NFL are working tirelessly to create lifelong Super Bowl memories for local and visiting fans in the safest fashion possible.”

The “Event Zones” impacted by Executive Order 2021-07 include areas of Downtown Tampa and the area surrounding Raymond James Stadium. 

“Entertainment  Districts" include the Ybor City Historic District, the South Howard Commercial Overlay District, the Central Business District, and the Channel District, as those areas are defined in City of Tampa Code Chapter 27.

Exceptions to the order include:

  • Children under 5 years of age
  • Persons (including their family members or companions) when outdoors at their personal residence, provided they comply with CDC guidance
  • Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
  • Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
  • A person communicating with a hearing-impaired individual who needs to see that person's mouth in order to communicate.

See the Executive Order for more exceptions and to view a map of the impacted Event Zones and Entertainment Districts. 

This Executive Order becomes effective on January 28, 2021 and will remain in effect in the City of Tampa until February 13, 2021, unless otherwise modified, repealed or earlier terminated.

In addition, Executive Order 2020-42 (which was adopted on August 19, 2020) remains in effect, requiring the use of face coverings at most indoor locations. 

The City of Tampa and Mayor Jane Castor would like to thank the NFL, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, local and visiting fans, and the entire Tampa Bay community for helping ensure a fun and safe Super Bowl LV experience for all.

For more COVID-19 information, health and safety tips, FAQs, executive orders, and more, visit tampagov.net/COVID-19.

To see the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience Health Playbook, visit nfl.com/super-bowl/event-info/super-bowl-experience/health-playbook