What are the coronavirus mask and distancing rules around Tampa’s Super Bowl?

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Will I get fined if I don’t wear a mask? Can I have a party? Is anyone actually enforcing the law?

By Jay Cridlin and Zachary T. SampsonPublished Feb. 5

When Super Bowl revelers file into WTR at Tampa’s Godfrey Hotel this weekend for poolside parties featuring Diplo, Steve Aoki and 50 Cent, they’ll have to wear masks.

They’ll enter through a device that uses artificial intelligence to scan for common coronavirus symptoms; if one pops up, they’ll be ushered aside for a rapid antigen test. They’ll have to stay socially distanced and seated, even inside the party’s $50,000 luxury cabanas. And on the way out the door, they’ll be offered a take-home COVID-19 test kit.

“Even though it’s outdoors, it’s still a big, big venue, and there’ll be people, so we want to take every precaution,” said Gino LoPinto, operating partner of E11even nightclub in Miami, which is partnering with Barstool Sports to host the parties. “It’s definitely more proactive, just from a safety standpoint.”

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