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Hillsborough to drop mask mandate for county facilities for visitors, most staff

Employees still will be required to wear face coverings during indoor programming with vulnerable populations and may also be asked to use them during large, indoor county events.
In this Jan. 25 photo, from left, a N95, KN95 and cloth masks are seen in Palm Harbor.
In this Jan. 25 photo, from left, a N95, KN95 and cloth masks are seen in Palm Harbor. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Feb. 26|Updated Feb. 26

Hillsborough County will no longer require staff members and visitors to wear masks in its facilities under most circumstances starting Monday, the county announced in a news release Friday.

The policy change pertains to county facilities including recreation centers, libraries and the Frederick B. Karl County Center, officials said.

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Employees still will be required to wear masks during indoor programming geared toward populations that are more vulnerable to serious cases of COVID-19, according to the release. Staff members also may be required to wear masks while working at large, indoor events held at county facilities. Masks still will be available upon request for visitors.

According to the release, Hillsborough County will continue to use capacity limits and virtual options for meetings and services to help limit the spread of COVID-19. While no longer requiring masks, their use is still encouraged, the news release said.

“County officials will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health and other medical experts to monitor COVID-19 transmission levels in the county and will update indoor protocols accordingly for both staff and visitors to County facilities,” the release said.

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