In accordance with a City of Tampa Executive Order, face coverings are now required for all at Tampa International Airport, including guests and passengers traveling through the terminals and facilities.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor set the city-wide order to go into effect on June 19, at 5 p.m., and stated that employees and anyone walking into a business must cover their mouth and nose with a mask or face covering. Some exceptions apply, including for children under two years of age, those eating and drinking or those who are able to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
The airport has required its employees to wear masks or face coverings for several weeks and has strongly encouraged passengers to do the same while inside, but the new ordinance reinforces the rule for all.
The intent of the masks is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and several airlines have already implemented their own mandatory mask requirements for passengers.
Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines communicate their face mask policy with customers before their flight, this is followed by on-board announcements including the consequences passengers could face for violating the policy.
United Airlines told USA Today that travelers who fail to comply with the mandatory mask policy would be placed on an “internal travel restriction list” and that “customers on this list will lose their travel privileges on United for a duration of time to be determined pending a comprehensive incident review.”