Mar 2, 2021 - News
Tampa Bay remains wary of spring breakers' coronavirus risk
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Spring breakers are coming to Tampa Bay!

Why it matters: They'll be a boon to beach-adjacent businesses, but some are worried that careless visitors from elsewhere will sling coronavirus all over.

The state of play: Local officials say they are counting on tourists to follow safety guidelines to prevent any superspreader events, per the Tampa Bay Times.

  • Pinellas County requires people to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and businesses can enforce that, but there are no individual penalties for not doing so.
  • Sarasota's mask mandate expired but officials are expected to officially encourage masks in public places.
"The best we can do is try and reinforce good behaviors. Unfortunately, I think a lot of this is out of our control."
ā€” Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at USF, told the Tampa Bay Times

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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