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Mask Resolution


Resolution Extended until October 5, 2020

Resolution 20-037 Requiring Face Coverings in Indoor Public Locations has passed 4-3. The Resolution shall become effective on 9/8/2020 and shall expire at 5 p.m. on 10/5/2020 unless extended by further action of the City Commission. Signed document coming soon.

Original Resolution:
This first Resolution requiring masks within Lakeland corporate limits became effective on July 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. and expired at 5:00 p.m. on August 3, 2020.



  • Mask Resolution

    EMERGENCY RESOLUTION NO. 5619

    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LAKELAND, FLORIDA RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH; REQUIRING PERSONS THAT LIVE, WORK, VISIT OR DO BUSINESS IN THE CITY OF LAKELAND TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS IN CERTAIN PUBLIC PLACES TO STOP OR SLOW THE SPREAD OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19); PROVIDING FOR EXCEPTIONS; ESTABLISHING ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTY PROVISIONS FOR VIOLATIONS; MAKING FINDINGS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

    WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breath; and

    WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, issued Executive Order number 20-51, directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

    WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared that a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52, declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, Governor DeSantis has issued a number of subsequent executive orders that limit certain activities and recommend that all persons in Florida follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); and

    WHEREAS, Section 252.38, Florida Statutes, authorizes political subdivisions, including municipalities, to declare a state of local emergency and to take whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community; and

    WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the City Commission of the City of Lakeland, Florida adopted Resolution No. 5605, declaring a state of local emergency within the incorporated limits of the City of Lakeland due to the threat posed to public health and safety by COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, the City Commission and City Manager have continued to extend the declaration of state of local emergency adopted by Resolution No. 5605; and

    WHEREAS, public health experts have consistently recommended avoiding close physical interaction between people in order to slow the spread of COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, despite measures previously taken, COVID-19 has rapidly spread in the State of Florida, and based on the advice from medical professionals, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Polk County, and in particular the City of Lakeland, will increase exponentially if additional measures to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 are not instituted; and

    WHEREAS, it is now necessary for the City of Lakeland to implement further restrictions for the general health, safety, and welfare of the community; and

    WHEREAS, the CDC has expressly found that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and that these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, and studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet; and

    WHEREAS, the CDC specifically recommends that, as businesses and communities reopen and people resume their daily activities, people should wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain; and

    WHEREAS, consistent with the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 emergency, it is appropriate in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community during the present state of emergency to require face coverings consistent with the provisions provided herein;


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LAKELAND, FLORIDA:

    SECTION 1. Findings of Fact. The foregoing findings are true and correct and are hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference.


    SECTION 2. Definitions.

    “Face Covering” shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store-bought or homemade, consistent with CDC guidelines.

    “Social Distancing” shall mean keeping space between yourself and other people by staying at least 6 feet from other people.

    “Companion” shall mean a person by whom you are accompanied.


    SECTION 3. Face Coverings Required. 

    1. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Lakeland shall wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidelines in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other persons, excluding family members or companions.
    2. Medical and surgical masks, such as “N95” masks or other similar medical or surgical masks are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective

    SECTION 4. Exceptions.

    Nothing herein shall require the wearing of face coverings by the following persons:

    1. Persons under the age of eight (8) years old;
    2. Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
    3. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition;
    4. Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons;
    5. Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from other persons;
    6. Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of their business or profession;
    7. Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
    8. Persons eating or drinking;
    9. Persons under the age of eighteen (18) years old while participating in youth sports;
    10. Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies;
    11. Persons communicating with someone who is hearing impaired where the wearing of a face covering would impede communication, provided that social distancing is observed to the greatest extent practicable;
    12. Persons for whom the requirement to wear a face covering would cause a conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    SECTION 5. Enforcement and Penalties.

    It is the intent of the City Commission to seek voluntary compliance with the provisions contained herein and to educate and warn of the dangers of non-compliance. However, in the event voluntary compliance is not achieved, then violation of this Resolution, and any order issued pursuant hereto, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding the sum of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) pursuant to Section 1-14 of the Code of the City of Lakeland, Florida, or as otherwise provided by law. Notwithstanding any provision of Section 1-14 of the City Code to the contrary, a violation of this Resolution, and any order issued pursuant hereto, shall only be subject to a fine not exceeding Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), and those provisions of Section 1-14 of the City Code providing for fines in excess of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) or providing for a term of imprisonment shall not be applicable to violations of this Resolution or orders issued pursuant hereto.


    SECTION 6. Applicability.

    Any provision of this Resolution that conflicts with any State or Federal law or constitutional provision, or conflicts with or is superseded by a current or subsequently- issued executive order of the Governor or other authority, shall be deemed inapplicable and deemed severable from this Resolution, with the remainder of this Resolution remaining in full force and effect. This Resolution applies within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Lakeland.


    SECTION 7. Effective Date; Sunset Provision.

    This Resolution shall become effective on July 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and shall expire at 5:00 p.m. on August 3, 2020 unless extended by further action of the City Commission. 

  • Free Mask Distribution

    Starting Thursday, July 16th, Lakeland-area residents who need facial coverings to help protect themselves and others from spreading the COVID-19 virus may get them free at eight sites within the Lakeland city limits. The City of Lakeland has designated the following locations for mask distribution that will take place Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and residents can receive up to three masks per person.

    • Simpson Park Community Center – 1725 Martin L King Jr Avenue
    • Lakeland Main Library – 100 Lake Morton Drive
    • Lakeland Larry Jackson Branch Library – 1700 North Florida Avenue
    • Lakeland Police Department Lobby – 219 North Massachusetts Avenue
    • Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool – 404 Imperial Boulevard
    • Coleman-Bush Building – 1104 Martin L King Jr Avenue 
    • *NEW* Lakeland Chamber of Commerce - 35 Lake Morton Drive

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear face coverings when outside of their homes and in social settings when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. On Thursday, July 2nd the Lakeland City Commission passed a resolution that requires masks/face coverings consistent with CDC guidelines for those individuals inside the Lakeland corporate limits. Dr. Joy Jackson, Director of the Florida Department of Health for Polk County said, “The greatest number of cases now testing positive in our area is a younger set between the age of 25-44 and science shows masks along with other safety protocols help reduce the spread of the virus.”

    City Attorney Palmer Davis said, “The City Code allows regulations to take place through emergency resolutions and they carry the weight of an ordinance for enforcement.” He also listed some of the exemptions in the resolution for those that wouldn’t be required to wear a mask. These exemptions include children under eight-years-old, if a medical issue prohibits the wearing of a mask, issues regarding ADA compliancy, persons exercising, those individuals who have an occupation that prohibits a mask, and when social distancing is practiced. The resolution will expire at 5 p.m. on August 3rd and it is enforced with a fine not to exceed $250 for those that don’t comply. The City’s goal is to educate and offer masks to those that don’t have one before issuing fines.

    The Polk County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution last week that strongly recommends wearing facial coverings. They purchased the disposable three-ply masks for residents using funds available from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant. Residents may receive up to three masks per person at the Lakeland sites and at those sites established by Polk County. Citizens may also pick up masks for a family member or someone unable to pick up for themselves. These masks are reusable until they become damaged, dirty, or wet. The masks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out.

    The City of Lakeland encourages the public to follow the CDC recommendations for social distancing and hygiene. The City of Lakeland has developed a dedicated webpage with a number of resources to help the community stay informed.  You can find this site by visiting LakelandGov.net/covid19.  

  • Love Lakeland's #MaskUpLKLD Masks

    To Love Lakeland is to love your fellow Lakelander. In an effort to mitigate viral spread in our community, it’s time for us to #MaskUpLKLD! When you wear a mask, you’re not just protecting yourself and your loved ones, but the community at large. By wearing a mask, you’re putting your child, your neighbor and your friends first.

    LoveLakeland is working with the Lakeland Police Department to get masks into the areas of greatest need. We are working diligently to find more masks so that we can establish distribution points throughout the city to make more masks available! If you’d like to partner with LoveLakeland to make this possible, or if you are interested in masks for yourself, your family or your business, visit LoveLakeland.com/MaskUpLKLD.

  • Wearing a Mask: CDC Guidance

    Cover Your Mouth & Nose With a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others*

    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

    *The CDC is providing new information on the use of masks and face coverings. As soon as this information is published, we will publish an update.


    Cover Coughs & Sneezes

    • If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Wash Your Hands Often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Avoid Close Contact


    Clean & Disinfect

    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

    Monitor Your Health

    • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
      • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

    Sourcecdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

  • Face Shields

    The City’s face covering resolution defines a “face covering” as follows:

    “Face Covering” shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store-bought or homemade, consistent with CDC guidelines. 

    CDC guidelines state the following about face shields:

    It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for masks. Some people may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with other people is expected. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin. Disposable face shields should only be worn for a single-use. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Plastic face shields for newborns and infants are NOT recommended. 

    Based upon the City’s definition and current CDC guidelines,  a face shield alone is not sufficient unless it wraps around the sides of the wearer’s face and extends below the chin 

    Please note that CDC guidelines may change.

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  • Reopen Lakeland: Mandatory Mask Signs & More for Businesses

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    From the #ReopenLakeland Taskforce:

    Mandatory Masks Poster
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    Mandatory Masks Poster
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    Register Your Business
    Click here to select your precaution choice

    Consumer Choices Poster
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  • Downloadable Flyers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What about youth sports?
    1. Do children and teens under 18 have to wear a mask when playing a sport?

      No, persons under 18 participating in a youth sports activity do not have to wear masks. Parents, if inside and unable to socially distance, must wear masks.

    2. Is Tae Kwon Do considered a youth sport?

      Yes.
  • Who is responsible for enforcement?

    The Lakeland Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of Lakeland's mask resolution. Should you need to contact them regarding mask enforcement or questions, please call LPD's non-emergency number, 863.834.6900. Do not dial 911 unless it is an emergency.

    It is the intent of the City Commission to seek voluntary compliance with the provisions contained herein and to educate and warn of the dangers of non-compliance. However, in the event voluntary compliance is not achieved, then violation of this Resolution, and any order issued pursuant hereto, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding the sum of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) pursuant to Section 1-14 of the Code of the City of Lakeland, Florida, or as otherwise provided by law. Notwithstanding any provision of Section 1-14 of the City Code to the contrary, a violation of this Resolution, and any order issued pursuant hereto, shall only be subject to a fine not exceeding Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), and those provisions of Section 1-14 of the City Code providing for fines in excess of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) or providing for a term of imprisonment shall not be applicable to violations of this Resolution or orders issued pursuant hereto.

    NOTE: If an individual does not voluntarily comply with the requirements then they may be subject to the fine as set forth in the Resolution and as provided pursuant to City Code 1-14. The City’s intent in adopting this Resolution is overall public health and safety.

  • Are there any exemptions or exceptions?

    Yes, there are exceptions:

    Nothing herein shall require the wearing of face coverings by the following persons:

    1. Persons under the age of eight (8) years old;
    2. Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
    3. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition;
    4. Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons;
    5. Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from other persons;
    6. Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of their business or profession;
    7. Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
    8. Persons eating or drinking;
    9. Persons under the age of eighteen (18) years old while participating in youth sports;
    10. Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies;
    11. Persons communicating with someone who is hearing impaired where the wearing of a face covering would impede communication, provided that social distancing is observed to the greatest extent practicable;
    12. Persons for whom the requirement to wear a face covering would cause a conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • What are the medical exemptions?

    Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition do not have to wear a mask.

    Persons for whom the requirement to wear a face-covering would cause a conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) do not have to wear a mask. 

    For specific questions about masks and their role of spreading the virus, please call the COVID-19 hotlines or visit CDC and Florida Department of Health websites.

    COVID-19 Hotlines

  • Will the resolution affect my concealed carry permit or right to bear arms?

    Wearing a mask does not affect one’s right to conceal and carry. 

    The conceal and carry provision in Florida law does not contain any reference to wearing masks or face coverings, and therefore, wearing a mask does not affect that right. FL. Stat. 790.06. 

    Second, the City is preempted from regulating firearms by Fla. Stat. 790.33, so a City mask requirement can have no effect on one’s right to bear arms.

  • What about massage therapists, doctors, nail techs, etc.?

    The resolution applies to “every person … in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other persons”.  

    Social distancing is defined as staying at least 6 feet away from other people.

    Therefore, doctors, therapists, hairdressers, nail techs, etc., and their clients are required to wear masks if they are inside and cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet or more.  However, it should be noted that they are not responsible for a client that refuses to wear a mask, and the resolution makes individuals responsible, not the businesses.  

    Relevant exceptions are as follows:

    • Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of their business or profession.
    • Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies.
  • What about groups of 50 or less?

    RUMOR CONTROL: We have received reports of news outlets saying that groups of 50 or fewer people do not have to wear masks. This is not true.


    Masks must be worn if any amount if social distancing (defined as maintaining at least 6 feet from other people) cannot be observed. 

    The requirements of the Resolution could apply to as few as two people in an indoor location if not maintaining at least 6 feet between them and an exception does not otherwise apply.

  • How do business owners enforce the mask resolution?

    The City’s mask resolution contains an exemption for “persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.”  As a result, the City would not require a mask under the circumstance you describe.

    The City’s resolution does not override the right of a private business to decide which persons they will or will not allow to enter their premises.  That is up to each business, although they should carefully consider the ADA implications of such decisions.