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Winter Haven Extends Face Covering Requirement

Posted August 10th, 2020

On Monday, August 10, 2020, the Winter Haven City Commission received a Covid-19 update from the Polk Health Department. Discussions resulted in the passing of Ordinance O-20-32 extending the masks/face covering requirement inside the City limits consistent with CDC guidelines.  This Emergency Ordinance expires September 15 unless rescinded and/or extended. The Emergency Ordinance will be enforced in the area inside the incorporated limit of Winter Haven with a fine of $150 for those that don’t comply.

There are exemptions to the Emergency Ordinance that preclude the requirement to wear a mask. Some of these exemptions include children under eight years old, if a medical issue prohibits the wearing of a mask, issues regarding ADA compliance, persons exercising while social distancing, individuals who have an occupation that prohibits a mask, those who are eating and drinking, those communicating with someone who is hearing impaired, and when social distancing is practiced.

The Ordinance can be found HERE.

The City of Winter Haven strongly urges all citizens to follow the CDC guidelines including social distancing, hand washing and staying home if ill or if there is exposure with someone with Covid-19.  Emergency Ordinance No. O-20-32 along with Frequently Asked Questions, a link to an interactive City of Winter Haven map, and further information can be found on the City’s website on the Covid-19 page at this link: