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Coronavirus Prompts Florida To Activate Price Gouging Hotline

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, seen in a file photo, activated the state's price gouging hotline Tuesday. The move puts cleaning and sanitizing supplies, as well as protective masks, under price gouging protection.

Florida officials continue addressing the growing danger of the coronavirus.

In response to Governor Rick DeSantis signing a state of emergency declaration Monday, Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida's price gouging hotline Tuesday.

The governor's declaration puts protective masks, sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand sanitizer, gel, wipes, cleaning supplies for surface cleaning, and all commercial cleaning supplies and all commercial cleaning supplies under scrutiny for price gouging.

People who want to report price gouging can visit MyFloridaLegal.com or call 1-866-9NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226).

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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