Lakeland City Commission Extends Resolution Requiring Masks Within Corporate Limits
Proposed Resolution 20-031 Requiring Face Coverings in Indoor Public Locations has passed 5-2. The Resolution shall become effective on 8/3/2020 at 5 p.m. and shall expire at 5 p.m. on 9/8/2020 unless extended by further action of the City Commission.
LAKELAND, FL (August 3, 2020) | On Monday, August 3, 2020, the Lakeland City Commission extended the resolution requiring masks/face coverings consistent with CDC guidelines for those individuals inside the Lakeland corporate limits. The City Commission voted 5-2 in favor of the resolution with Commissioner Franklin and Commissioner Read being the dissenting votes. The new Resolution will expire at 5 p.m. on September 8, 2020, unless extended by further action of the City Commission.
The meeting was done virtually using the latest in remote meeting technology. Public input was provided through call in and there were over 50 callers who shared their opinion on the issue before the final vote was taken.
City Attorney Palmer Davis said of the original resolution, “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 also be enforced with a fine not to exceed $250 for those that don’t comply.
On the original resolution, Mayor Mutz said, “The goal is to educate and we don’t want to get to a fine stage on this issue. Only those that are being obstinate and create an issue will be given a fine. Mask wearing is simply caring enough about other people.” He added, “The decision to introduce the resolution was pro-business, pro-healthcare and pro-first responders. This is not about me because I don’t like wearing a mask but this is the best way to protect our freedoms so we don’t have another shutdown.”
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. The Cit's dedicated mask page is LakelandGov.net/Masks, where more info and the language of the resolution can be found.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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