Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is working with some of the area’s largest essential businesses to promote public health.
Publix, Walmart and Target are among the 11 businesses that have committed to providing face coverings to each employee who interacts with the public. The businesses have also pledged to post an advisory that customers should wear face coverings when visiting the business.
The other businesses include Winn Dixie, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Tampa Electric and TECO People’s Gas, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth.
“Our city staff are on the frontlines, that’s why we are committed to wearing face coverings while out in the public performing essential duties and ask the public to wear face coverings when visiting city facilities,” Castor said in a press release. “The widespread use of face coverings in our community is a proven and critical step to not only flattening the curve but staying ahead of it.”
The press release also stated that recent studies have shown there are more asymptomatic carriers of the virus than previously expected. Using face covers could reduce the spread of the virus.
“Practicing social distancing, regularly washing hands and wearing face coverings are vital steps in reducing the number of new cases,” Castor said. “The sooner we move to widespread testing and the use of face coverings, the sooner we will be able to reopen our businesses and get back to our daily lives.”
Since masks can be a little difficult to come by right now, the announcement said Castor’s partner businesses will be “implementing their face covering programs as soon as possible.”
Customers, however, were encouraged to use homemade masks and save the medical grade masks for health care workers.
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