TAMPA, Fla. — Florida's Democratic Congressional Delegation has sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, urging he implement a statewide mask order.

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The Governor has pushed back on a statewide order, but has allowed local governments to implement their own ordinances based on their Coronavirus numbers.

Democrats, led by Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, said in the letter to the Governor, "We’re sounding the alarm for the governor to end this parade of mistakes and issue a mandatory order to all residents that they need to wear masks in public."   The letter goes on to say, "The governor must end his ‘nothing to see here’ approach and put public health over political pandering to his base.”

Governor DeSantis has argued rural areas of Florida are not seeing spikes in cases like urban population centers, so ordering a statewide mask mandate would be unfair to areas not being impacted by the virus.

The governor also said numerous Florida cities and counties that are seeing a spike in Coronavirus positive cases have implemented mask ordinances which the state will not block.

"We advised from the beginning of May, we advised if you can't social distance wear the mask and if you are in face to face business," Governor Ron Desantis said.  "So that message has been very clear and consistent.  But ultimately we've got to trust people to make good decisions."

As the political battle of mask ordinances continues, local governments across the Tampa Bay Area that have implemented mask laws are handing out free masks to the public.  ​

Here's the list:

Hillsborough County

                E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin

                Upper Tampa Bay Park, 8001 Double Branch Road in Tampa

                Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz

                Lithia Springs Park, 3932 Lithia Springs Road in Lithia

The sites will be open as supplies last:         

                Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

                Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

                Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pinellas County:

 Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.; (727) 562-4970

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday-Sunday: Noon to 2 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.; (727) 784-3332

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

• Lealman Exchange 5157 45th St.N., St. Petersburg; (727) 464-5404

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

• Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N., Pinellas Park; (727) 369-0669

Monday-Thursday;10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 2 p.m to 7 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (727) 369-0669

• St. Petersburg Free Clinic, 863 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, (727) 821-1200

Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed Friday to Sunday

Monday-Tuesday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Masks will also be available at these locations starting Friday:

• Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Dr., (727) 587-6715

Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Highpoint Neighborhood Family Center, 5812 150th Ave. N., Clearwater (727) 533-0730

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.​