TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans celebrate after Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Tampa Bay won in dominating fashion 31-9 over defending champ Kansas City Chiefs, securing for 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady his seventh Lombardi Trophy, two more than any player in NFL history. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Tampa Fans Ignore Executive Order

Chattanooga, Tenn (Reid Harvey) – Fans with no masks were present all throughout Tampa, Fl following the Buccaneers 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, despite an executive order from Mayor Jane Castor.  

Castor’s executive order required that anyone attending the Super Bowl festivities in the city would be required to wear a mask at all times, even outdoors. The order also authorized the distribution of 200,000 masks to Tampa residents for free. However, fans were still spotted in the streets, in bars and around the stadium with no masks on and in close proximity to one another.  

“It’s a little frustrating because we have worked so hard,” Castor stated. “At this point in dealing with COVID-19, there is a level of frustration when you see that.”  

According to the state health department, Florida has over 1.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and over 28,000 deaths. Castor reassured the members of the Tampa community that she understands the desire to celebrate this moment, but that it should be done responsibly.  

“This win was from the Buccaneers team but this win was for our community,” Castor stated. “They deserve to be able to celebrate with the team. Everybody will be able to participate and participate safely.” 

Castor is working with the Buccaneers and local health officials in order to implement a safe plan for an official celebration sometime this month.

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