Below you’ll find information about mask requirements in Polk County, based on city ordinances.
Masks are Not Required in Winter Haven
On October 15 2020, Winter Haven City Commission allowed the City’s mask ordnance to expire.
The original ordnance can be found at mywinterhaven.com.
Masks are Strongly Encouraged in Lakeland
On Tuesday, January 19th the Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously (7-0) on a resolution that adopted COVID-19 safety measures. The resolution went into effect immediately upon passing and it is set to expire in 13 weeks on April 19, 2021.
Within the resolution language, the City Commission recommends and urges in the strongest possible terms that all citizens, businesses and organizations within the City of Lakeland observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community:
- Practice Social Distancing by maintaining at least six feet from others not living within the same home. This includes avoiding large gatherings and using virtual meeting technology whenever possible for business and community meetings.
- Wear a face covering per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines in all public indoor locations where social distancing is not possible and consider wearing a face covering when attending large outdoor gatherings.
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
- Recognize that COVID-19 transmission is taking place in non-public settings as well and take necessary precautions to avoid infecting and becoming infected by others.
- Businesses are strongly encouraged to require face coverings following CDC guidelines for all employees coming into physical contact with the public and by all customers entering a business. This is subject to exceptions for employees and customers unable to wear face coverings for health reasons, when safety, security or other business purposes preclude the wearing of a face covering.
The original resolution can be found at lakelandgov.net.
Lake Wales Mask Ordinance
At the August 18 regular City Commission meeting, the City Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 2020-15, which will remain in effect until a repealing Ordinance is passed. The Face Covering Ordinance requires persons that live, work, visit or do business in the City of Lake Wales, Florida to wear face coverings in certain public places to stop or slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mask Exemptions in Lake Wales
- Children under the age of 8 years
- Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
- Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition; No business operator or employee shall ask a person not wearing a face covering pursuant to this exemption to identify a specific health condition or supply documentation thereof, nor shall any business operator or employee deny such person admittance or service because he/she is not wearing a face covering
- Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons
- Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person
- Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
- Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing
Persons eating or drinking
- Children under the age of eighteen participating in private, public, or nonprofit organized youth activities, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, child care, summer camps and youth recreation camps
- Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies
- The requirement shall not apply when a person who is hearing-impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate
- The requirement shall not be applied in a manner that would conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Non-compliance may result in a fine not exceeding $100.
Lake Alfred Mask Ordinance
City Ordinance 1436-20 requires masks within Lake Alfred city limits effective on July 21, 2020. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Lake Alfred, Florida, 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.
Exemptions in Lake Alfred
Exemptions include persons:
- observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
- for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
- under the age of eighteen 18 years old while participating in youth sports
- exercising, while maintaining social distancing, and persons eating or drinking
- and children under 8 years old
The Ordinance expires on November 23, 2020, unless it is rescinded and/or extended by further action of the City Commission. Non-compliance may result in a fine not exceeding $150.