Alachua County amends mask order to allow multiple violations per business

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At the afternoon session of today’s Alachua County Commission meeting, the commissioners agreed to ratify a proposed amendment to the County’s Emergency Order.

County Attorney Sylvia Torres said the change was made at the request of the City of Gainesville, and it clarifies that businesses can be issued separate citations for each employee not wearing a mask: “Each employee failing to wear a facial covering without an exemption as set forth in this Order shall be treated as a separate violation for which the employer may be cited.”

Torres continued, “The intent of this provision is to permit multiple citations to be given to businesses if their employees are not wearing masks.”

The commissioners (with Commissioner Ken Cornell absent) said they had no objection to the change, but they didn’t formally vote on it. Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson said he would sign it when it’s ready.