Amid a surge in coronavirus cases across Central Florida some counties have enacted mandatory mask orders, while others encourage face coverings.
Seminole County has declared face masks are going to be mandatory. The announcement made during a news conference by city leaders. Alan Harris, Chief Administrator of Emergency Management, said it’s necessary to stay the virus from spreading.
“Every person working, living, visiting, or doing add Seminole County is required to wear a facial covering or mask,” Harris said.
Seminole County Chairman Jay Zembower had strong words during the press conference about many against wearing a mask.
“A lot of people think this politically driven, a lot of people believe that this is some conspiracy, they think its the flu I’m telling you this is not the flu,” Zembower said.
A week prior, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has already issued a mask mandate.
“I believe it’s working and so I believe that will result in the kind of outcome that we are looking for,” Mayor Demings said.
The Orange County health order supported by Dr Raul Pino with the Orange County Health Department, who has been following the data of new coronavirus cases.
“The data is starting to indicate the results of mandating the mask. But tomorrow will be the day that will tell a little bit more about that,” Dr. Pino said.
Brevard County doesn’t have a mask order in situ. Commissioner Bryan Lober supports a space-wide masking scheme.
“People are becoming complacent, health care systems are expressing concern to me that they are having more problems with their workers getting infected,” Commissioner Lober said.
In Volusia County a mask mandate isn’t required, only recommended. On Sunday the town of Daytona Beach issued a mask warrant. The county has nevertheless attended a special meeting of COVID-19 on Tuesday.