Counties and cities across Florida are working to interpret the Governor’s newest executive order and its impact on the enforcement of safety protocols during this pandemic. The Governor has not prohibited the County’s ability to have a masking requirement. He has restricted our ability to collect fines. Businesses are still required to have employees masked and keep the “Mask Required” signs in their windows.
Alachua County has not written a single citation or collected a single fine during this pandemic. It has been the extraordinary effort and cooperation of our citizens and businesses that have made our community a safer place to be.
We are anticipating the possibility of a surge in positive cases as a result of the Governor removing restrictions to occupancy limits in bars and taking away our ability to close establishments that are endangering our community.
The vast majority of health organizations, scientists, and healthcare professionals, agree that masking is an essential component of the strategy to defeat this pandemic. Please stay diligent. The science that was clear before the Governor’s order remains clear today.
It’s not too much to mask.