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Pasco: Residents Must Wear Face Masks in Indoor Businesses, Government Buildings

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Pasco County code enforcement will begin enforcing the order at 5 p.m. today (June 24). Face masks are available for pick-up at several Pasco County locations

PASCO COUNTY – Saying that Pasco County is seeing a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, including an increase in the younger population, County Administrator Dan Biles has issued an executive order requiring everyone in Pasco County to use face coverings while indoors at a public business or county government facility.

Exceptions to the order include children under the age of two and anyone with an existing health condition that would be complicated by wearing a mask.

The executive order took effect immediately after Biles signed it Tuesday (June 23). Pasco County Code Enforcement will begin enforcing this order Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 5 p.m., focusing first on education.

Under the order, which applies to all businesses and county government sites that are open to the public:

  • Face coverings should cover nose and mouth
  • Businesses must ensure compliance
  • Businesses that violate the order could face a fine of up to $250
Dan Biles | Pasco County | Administrator
Dan Biles

To read the full Order, go to bit.ly/2Yp8AxE.

Using homemade or store-bought cloth face coverings has the potential to reduce the risk for infection and save lives, officials said. Face masks are available for pick-up at several Pasco County locations.  To see the full list, go to the county’s Coronavirus Information & Pasco County Operational Changes webpage.

To report a violation of the face coverings order, call Pasco County customer service at  (727) 847-2411, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a reminder, businesses can purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and apply for reimbursement through the Pasco CARES Small Business PPE Program here: bit.ly/SmallBizPPE.

To see a list of COVID-19 testing sites in Pasco County, go to bit.ly/PascoTesting.

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