Staatsdems ask governor DeSantis for a state-wide mask regulation


TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Democratic Congressional Delegation has sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis demanding that he implement a state-wide mask assignment.

The governor has pushed back on a state-wide injunction, but has allowed local governments to implement their own ordinances based on local Coronavirus numbers.

Democrats, led by Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, said in the letter to the governor, “We are sounding the alarm for the governor to end this parade of mistakes and to order all residents to wear masks in public.” The letter goes on to say, “The governor should end his ‘nothing to see here’ approach and put public health before political admission at its base.”

Governor Desantis has argued that Florida rural areas do not see spikes in cases such as urban population centers, so it would be unfair to order a statewide mask because the area is not affected by the virus.

The governor also says that numerous Florida cities and counties that see a spike in positive cases of the Coronavirus have implemented mask regulations that the state will not block.

“We advised from the beginning of May, we advised whether you can wear the mask at a social distance and whether you are face to face with business,” said Governor Ron Desantis. “So that message was very clear and consistent. But in the end, we have to trust people to make good decisions.”

As the political struggle for mask ordinances continues, local authorities in the Tampa Bay Area that have enacted mask laws are handing out free masks to the public.

Here’s the list:

Hillsborough County

EG Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin

Upper Tampa Bay Park, 8001 Double Branch Road in Tampa

Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz

Lithia Springs Park, Lithia Springs Road 3932 in Lithia

The sites are open while supplies last:

Thursday June 25 and Friday June 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 27 from 9am to 1pm

Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pinellas County:

Clearwater Main Library100 N. Osceola Ave .; (727) 562-4970

Monday to Thursday: 10 am to 2 pm; 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Friday – Sunday: noon to 2 PM, 3 PM to 5 PM

Palm Harbor Library2330 Nebraska Ave .; (727) 784-3332

Monday to Thursday: 10am to 8pm

Friday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Lealman Exchange 5157 45th St.N., St. Petersburg; (727) 464-5404

Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm

Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park; (727) 369-0669

Monday to Thursday from 10am to 1pm; 2 pm to 7 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm; 2-5 pm

Sunday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (727) 369-0669

St. Petersburg free clinic, 863 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, (727) 821-1200

Thursday 8.30 am to 7 pm

Closed Friday to Sunday

Monday Tuesday; 8.30 am to 3 pm

Masks are also available from Friday at these locations:

Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Dr., (727) 587-6715

Friday: 10am to 6pm,

Saturday: 10 am-5pm

Highpoint Neighborhood Family Center, 5812 150th Ave. N., Clearwater (727) 533-0730

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM