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Hillsborough County Announces New COVID Safety Protocols

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – The number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Hillsborough County is on the rise again, and County officials are adjusting guidelines in accordance with their Administrative Directive to reduce transmission risk.

Effective Wednesday, Dec. 29, face coverings will be required indoors at County facilities at all times regardless of vaccination status.

This requirement applies both to County employees and visitors when indoors at County facilities such as libraries, recreation centers, and Frederick B. Karl County Center.

Those participating in outdoor activities on County property are advised to follow the most current CDC recommendations.

This revised rule will affect in-person public comments at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meetings, beginning Jan. 12.

To learn more about signing up to participate in a public meeting, visit

According to Hillsborough County, the measure is being taken as a precaution for the health and safety of County employees as well as residents.

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