Tampa Mayor To Hunt Down Maskless Super Bowl Attendees

"Bad actors will be identified, and the Tampa Police Department will handle it."


With their recent Super Bowl win, residents of Tampa, Florida, have cause to celebrate right now. But not everyone.

"I'm proud to say that the majority of individuals that I saw out and about enjoying the festivities…were complying," Mayor Jane Castor, a Democrat, told reporters at a press conference on Monday, referring to the mask directive she put in place before Sunday's big event. "But those few bad actors will be identified, and the Tampa Police Department will handle it."

Castor's executive order, which is in effect from January 28 to February 13, notes that "every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Tampa shall wear a face covering at any outdoor location located within (i) an Event Zone or (ii) an Entertainment District," which encompass places where people were more likely to gather for sports-related fun.

Masks indeed mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Also, siccing the police on people who are seen without masks opens up a Pandora's box of criminal justice abuses. Both of those things can be true.

The irony seems to be lost on many Democrats, who have made criminal justice reform one of their primary issues of late, particularly after the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd. One of President Joe Biden's first actions in office: an executive order that requires masks on all planes, trains, buses, subways, taxis, car services, boats, and transportation hubs. Many carriers already had such rules in place, but now transgressors risk criminal penalties.

"Creating a vast network of law enforcement officials empowered to enforce these mask rules will of course provide a handy new excuse for monitoring and surveilling citizens," writes Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown. "Meanwhile, deputizing federal agents, state authorities, and local cops to enforce transit mask rules will open up all sorts of new police harassment and abuse opportunities."

When it comes to Castor's enforcement, there are many unanswered questions. Foremost, it is unclear whether or not police will apply mercy to someone pictured without a mask who, say, was drinking or eating, as is customary at Super Bowl events. That would include Gov. Ron DeSantis.

For his part, DeSantis has allowed local governments to enact mask mandates as they see fit but has blocked them from collecting fines. Castor's comments Monday would imply that she plans to eschew that; her executive order allows for $500 civil penalties and misdemeanor criminal prosecution.

It is also unclear whether or not Castor followed her own previous executive order on the matter. Pursuant to an August directive, masks are required in all indoor public spaces, though photos circulated online of Castor potentially flouting her own rules.

Castor has not responded to a request for comment as of this writing. But one thing is still clear: The spread of COVID-19 was an urgent issue in the spring, summer, and fall, just as it is an urgent issue now. Why the double standard?

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  2. Also, I’m getting tired of reading shit like “Masks indeed mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” — you’re trying to steal three bases with this sentence.

    1. What the actual site says:
      Face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and physical distancing, can help slow the spread of the virus.
      Just like ALONG WITH DIET AND EXCERSICE, this weight loss pill totally works!

      1. Mask work when combined with solitary confinement.

        1. And yet prisons are blamed for spreading the WuFlu.

          I laughed, Eeyore. I guess we could confine everyone individually. In small spaces, so as to not take up much room. And if subterranean, it would make inadvertent exposures nearly impossible…

          1. prison =\= solitary confinement.

            In fact, the general prison population is medically almost as far from solitary confinement as you can get – enforced confinement in close proximity to large number of people using shared eating, exercising and sanitary facilities. On top of that, because people continue to commit crimes and other finish their sentences, it’s enforced confinement with a constantly rotating population so even if you achieve herd immunity, you won’t be able to keep it.

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      3. Yeah, I checked the link in case there was any actual evidence that I missed, but it’s just a rehash of all the same old crap. Show me an actual study of people wearing masks the way people actually do that shows any broad benefit or get lost.

      4. Cap’n Crunch, with milk, toast, juice and butter, is part of a nutritious breakfast!

        1. Meh. Where’s the protein?

          1. The “milk” is from a bull.

      5. Also called surgical masks, these are loosefitting disposable masks. They’re meant to protect the wearer from contact with droplets and sprays that may contain germs. A medical mask also filters out large particles in the air when the wearer breathes in.

        A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks (lmao), coughs or sneezes. It may also act as a barrier to protect the wearer from inhaling particles in the air.

        So you’re saying these do nothing against the mythical asymptomatic transmission?

        Also, I want to see some fucking data on how many people get sick because a plague bearer was talking in their general vicinity.

        Don’t use face masks as a substitute for physical distancing.
        Or how about this: Don’t use masks or physical distancing as a substitute for not hanging around people who are obviously unwell? If you are sick, if you are coughing or sneezing or whatever, STAY HOME. On the other hand, if you aren’t sick and no one else around you is sick, stop acting like everyone who isn’t wearing a mask is a murderous psychopath.

    2. If they’re fake then the surgeon definitely earned his check, because… damn.

      1. Ha, reply fail. Meant for the titillating conversation below.

        1. titillating, lol

    3. If masks mitigate the spread of the virus, then why is Florida (no statewide mask mandate) doing much better than California (strict mask mandate)? And why are people still getting infected in nursing homes, where everyone is wearing masks and the public isn’t allowed to visit? And why were doctors and the medical establishment (back in March, when they were free to speak the truth) saying there is no reason to wear a mask because they aren’t effective in stopping the spread of any virus? The science hasn’t changed, only the politics.

      1. SHHHHHHH! Masks work! “Everybody” knows it!

  3. It is not about law enforcement. It is not about public health or safety. It is not about “sacrificing” for the “greater good.” It is, and has always been, about signaling devotion to the cause and crushing anyone that dissents. The cause? An all-encompassing government that controls every aspect of our lives.

    These people are totalitarian monsters. There is no reasoning with them. There is no common ground. There is no reconciliation. Game over.

    1. I will also add to the above that the woman pictured above in the gold dress has a nice pair tits on her for an older gal. Real? Fake? Any thoughts?

      1. See above

        1. Florida. Fake.

          1. You’re thinking of Claifornia.

          2. Just the same, I wouldn’t kick her outta bed for not wearin’ a mask.

            1. LOL


            2. I second that idea.

          3. Yeah, there’s no way those things are staying that luscious, perky, and upright without some plastic ballast.

            1. Hard to say from the pic. She looks like she could be anywhere from 30-50.

  4. Once again, in conflict with CDC guidelines, no exemptions at all.
    No exemption for those who have recovered, no exemptions for those vaccinated, no exemption for those with mental issues such as claustrophobia, no exemptions for medical issues like any lung issues.
    Just executive dictate, in clear violation of state law. Seems to be sedition.

    1. Meanwhile just a couple of counties away, we learn a new word, “unenforceable mandate”.
      Official response to an email asking about the exemptions in the county mayors dictate:
      “On behalf of Commissioner VanderLey, thank you for your inquiry. As a point of clarification, the Mayor’s Executive Order requiring Face Coverings is not an enforceable mandate. As such, there are not procedural requirements in place for those individuals who cannot tolerate a face covering for medical, sensory or any other condition which makes it difficult from them to utilize a face covering. Further, the CDC document you reference are guidelines – also not an enforceable mandate, but the Mayor’s Executive Order and the exceptions therein do align with the CDC guidelines. Please let me know if I may assist with any additional questions.”

      (‘Mandate’ – I don’t think that word means what you think it means)

      1. “Once again, in conflict with CDC guidelines, no exemptions at all.”

        There’s always one exception: the official who issued the mask mandate.

        Rules are for thee, not for me.

      2. “mandate” – When Barack and Michelle go to the movies.

  5. Pretty sure it’s not Tampa anymore.
    It’s either Tompa.

  6. “…Mayor Jane Castor, a Democrat…”

    Newsom in drag.

  7. Fucking bitch.

  8. “Democrats, who have made criminal justice reform one of their primary issues of late, particularly after the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd.”

    But then the cops shot ashley babbitt in the face so they are good again

  9. Another glorious day of Mask Jihad! Karens everywhere rejoice!

  10. So the Tampa cops can shoot a few POC for resisting arrest or failing to provide ID, like in other Democrat-run cities.

  11. Good.

    As a Koch / Reason left-libertarian, I believe the best way to fight a pandemic is to enforce comprehensive restrictions on the behavior of people already living in the US — while encouraging unlimited, unrestricted immigration into the US.


    1. The remaining Koch brother is getting old. What will you do when he’s gone?

      1. Like Joe Biden, Charles Koch is in perfect physical and mental health.

  12. The irony seems to be lost on many Democrats, who have made criminal justice reform one of their primary issues of late, particularly after the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd.

    It’s not lost, it’s by design. It’s important to understand the tactics of the radical left. The idea isn’t to engender quiet reform, the purpose of all these proposals, such as defund the police, is to introduce chaos into the system thus destabilizing it.

    Quit acting surprised that the people who want to defund the police are operating firing squads.

    They’re not mutually exclusive things once you understand what the motivation is.

    1. Wow, that lady is un-hinged.

    2. Well operating the drones anyway.

  13. The irony seems to be lost on many Democrats, who have made virtue signaled about criminal justice reform one of their primary issues of late


    1. I think you’ve got the hang of it. Leftists use short statements of principle as rhetoric, they don’t actually believe them. No need for leftists to be consistent regarding principles they don’t actually care about, as long as they distract conservatives with libertarians with a discussion of principle while they go ahead and do what they want anyway.

  14. ‘Masks indeed mitigate the spread of COVID-19.’

    pure, utter, unadulterated bullshit…

    1. Then why do I need to wear two?

      1. How is it possible that medical experts don’t know that three masks would actually be better than two?

  15. Elizabeth Warren is mayor of Tampa?

  16. Well she now wins dumb Mayor of the year so far. Its a tough crowd given DeBlasio and the LA mayor

    1. The dumb mayor of the year award has been retired because nobody could compete with DeBlasio.

  17. When people come up to me in public and tell me to wear a mask, I say, “I have a special permit here somewhere.” Stick my hand in my pocket and pull out the finger.

  18. Arrest them. De Santis can pardon them and then they can sue her.

  19. The liberals don’t care about criminal justice reform. They care about “stop making bad things happen to the protected class”

    These people, including the ACLU, remained silent or offered muted response as the government racially profiled white national guardsmen and would send people walking inside an empty capitol building for hundreds of years on charges of sedition.

    Meanwhile they called CHOP a summer of love and no moral outrage occurred even after their armed border patrol shot at Americans who trespassed on their sovereign turf.

  20. Bad actors! wear this so we know who you are.

    1. One bad actor is tall with white hair and wears glasses.
      And is the mayor.

      1. I’d take seconds on her friend in the dress

  21. Reason lurves this kind of tyranny; that’s why they opposed Trump.

    1. Reason – Libertarians for a radical left-wing socialist state!
      Well yeah, a bit of an oxymoron, but then so are Reasons opinion pieces.

  22. Reason carelessly states, “Masks indeed mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” This is misinformation! SOMEONE CALL AWS, I’LL CALL ZUCKERBERG.

    Did you read the source you linked?

    In the references section, I looked at the first two studies cited (skipped the links to WHO/FDA/CDC guidance).

    Source #1:
    “[R]andomized controlled trials of [face masks] did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza”
    “The evidence is not sufficiently strong to support the widespread use of facemasks as a protective measure against covid-19”
    “In conclusion, in the face of a pandemic the search for perfect evidence may be the enemy of good policy. As with parachutes for jumping out of aeroplanes, it is time to act without waiting for randomised controlled trial evidence . . . The precautionary principle states we should sometimes act without definitive evidence, just in case.”

    Source #2:
    “The largest and most pragmatic trial … assessing the benefit of facemasks vs no mask is suggestive of MORE HARM THAN BENEFIT. (Emphasis added). The evidence from pragmatic trials … suggests wearing of facemasks both induces risk compensation behavior and INCREASED VIRAL SPREADING from poor mask quality. (Emphasis added).”

    So your claim is based on a combination of no evidence, as well as evidence suggesting the opposite. REASON ME THIS

  23. Let me help Mayor. I recognized TOM BRADY walking into the stadium maskless. There is video. Make that your first arrest.

  24. Masks mitigate the spread? Then how do you explain that many states’ second wave is worse than their first? Give me a break. The scientific literature on masks up until June 2020 was basically that they don’t have much of an effect and that misusing them can actually be harmful. Strap a few pieces of cloth over a blower in a couple of mechanistic, laboratory studies and all of a sudden “Just wear the damn mask” becomes the new battle cry used to bludgeon anyone with a mind critical enough to point out that the non-pharmaceutical interventions have not mitigated the spread whatsoever. Blows my mind that Reason is still publishing the “masks help” narrative without questioning it at all.

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