The Lakeland City Commission Will Hold a Specially Called Meeting to Discuss Possible Mask/Face Covering Ordinance
Health Care Professionals Concerned with Steadily Increasing Positive COVID-19 Cases
LAKELAND, FL (June 20, 2020) | The Lakeland City Commission will hold a specially called City Commission Meeting on Monday, June 22nd at 9 a.m. to consider requiring the use of masks/face coverings within the Lakeland corporate limits. The public can watch the meeting live on Spectrum 643, FiOS 43 and streamed on lakelandgov.net/TV. For a full live meeting broadcast schedule visit www.lakelandgov.net/tv.
Mayor Bill Mutz said, “The growing concern expressed at our recent Re-open Lakeland Task Force meeting underscored the need to provide more enforcement capability for business owners through mask requirements while indoors. Meanwhile, positive test rates continue to climb and the healthcare system is even more alarmed.”
The meeting will take place using the latest remote meeting technology. A call-in code will be provided for audience participation at the beginning of the meeting. 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 www.lakelandgov.net/covid19.
The nation is still grappling with the impact of a pandemic and Florida recently has experienced a spike in positive COVID-19 cases with a steady rise since Memorial Day. The CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., big-box stores, grocery stores, and pharmacies).
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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