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On January 20, 2021, the Lakeland City Commission unanimously passed  Resolution 21-005 encouraging those within Lakeland City limits to adhere to the following safety measures in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Practice Social Distancing
  • Wear Face Coverings
  • Wash Hands Frequently
  • Recognize the Ways that COVID-19 is being spread
  • Businesses Requiring the Wearing of Face Coverings

There is currently not a penalty or fine within City limits for those who refuse to comply. However, this resolution is intended to express the strongest recommendation possible by the City Commission. This appeal is a solemn call for citizens and businesses to put aside convenience in order to pursue a moral mandate of conscientiousness amidst a very atypical time.

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The City of Lakeland's previous Mask Resolution expired at 5 PM on October 5, 2020. Masks/face coverings are still required for all City facilities. Even though the City’s Mask/Face Covering Resolution expired, Lakeland-area residents are encouraged to wear a face covering as the first line of defense in helping curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Private businesses may mandate their own rules for those visiting buildings, restaurants, and retail establishments. These businesses may require masks/face coverings to be worn before entering.  It is up to individual businesses to decide how they will handle mask/face-covering policies within their own establishment(s).

The Centers for Disease Control and leading health care organizations all state that face masks/coverings, combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the virus.  

  • 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.


  • 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.