Many Tampa Bay counties have now enacted face mask requirements for public indoor spaces, including Pinellas County. If you’ve been scouring Amazon to no avail, or don’t have your own sewing kit handy, there are now several places around Tampa Bay offering free face masks. It’s on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get them while you can.
The limited supply of free masks is available to all, but the official Pinellas County website encourages residents to call locations ahead of time to make sure masks are still available.
The county-wide mask ordinance for Pinellas went into effect on June 24 at 5 p.m., requiring all employees and customers in public establishments to wear masks.
The public ordinance is part of the county's efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Tampa Bay area. A recent spike in cases has even caused some restaurants to close their doors again.
Here are the newest sites where you can find masks for free this week in Tampa Bay.
Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center
When: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 1108 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Clearwater, FL
Dunedin Public Library
When: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, FL
East Lake Community Library
When: Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday noon to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 4125 East Lake Rd. S., Palm Harbor, FL
Gulf Beaches Public Library
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 200 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach, FL
Prayer Tower COGIC
When: Wednesday, July 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 1137 37th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL