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Tampa requires city workers to mask up indoors as COVID-19 cases explode

Members of the public are also asked to wear a mask when visiting city building, though accommodations can be made.
A city of Tampa employee, who did not give her name, holds the elevator door open at Old City Hall in downtown Tampa.
A city of Tampa employee, who did not give her name, holds the elevator door open at Old City Hall in downtown Tampa. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 29, 2021|Updated Dec. 29, 2021

The city of Tampa joined Hillsborough County on Wednesday in requiring its employees to wear masks inside city facilities and in city-owned vehicles when traveling with other people, citing the surge in cases from the omicron variant of COVID-19.

In a directive issued to employees Wednesday afternoon, city human resources director Kelly Austin said members of the public ages two and older also will be required to wear a mask when visiting city buildings. They will not, however, be refused entry or service. The city will work to create other means to provide the service needed, which the memo says is in keeping with a state prohibition against mask mandates.

The directive indicated that all city employees are being encouraged to receive vaccinations and boosters as the most effective way of avoiding adverse health effect from the virus.