Alachua County Commission votes unanimously for county-wide mask mandate


Tonight the Alachua County Commission, meeting in an emergency session, voted unanimously to reinstate an indoor mask mandate that is very similar to the one in place from May 2020 through May 2021. The biggest difference is that the previous order applied to children 6 years of age and older, and the new order will apply to children 2 years of age and older.

Once the order is drafted and signed tomorrow, universal masking will be required indoors in public where there are 2 or more people, outside a private residence. Businesses will again be required to post signs. The order will last for 7 days but can be renewed for up to a total of 42 days.

The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Chuck Chestnut absent.

However, SB 2006, passed by the legislature in 2021, has the following provision: “The Governor may, at any time, invalidate an emergency order issued by a political subdivision if the Governor determines that such order unnecessarily restricts individual rights or liberties.”

  • Poe and Ward must have been doing some blowing! No wonder Cornell had to stand up.

    No one under $ociali$t control in Alachua county is surprised by the action of the liberal idiots. I wonder if the defense they want to use for masks’ mandates will be accepted by them when rural communities say “kiss my @rse?” Don’t they believe in sovereign control?

    Nope. They’re hypocrites…all of them.

    The rest of you liberal lemmings…keep on believing.

  • Alachua County Progressivism…”The biggest difference is that the previous order applied to children 6 years of age and older, and the new order will apply to children 2 years of age and older.”

    Abortionists for Permanent Masking Love Muzzling 2-year-olds!

    They will milk this Mask Madness until September 30th and by then the FDA will have given approval for the Experimental Injection, so then the “take off your mask when you prove your vaxx status on your phone” portion of the pogrom program can begin?

    Alachua County Commission hates the citizens of Alachua County.

    Does FEMA have camps in Alachua County ready to put “high-risk individuals” in the Green Zone?

  • Who knew???
    I just can’t decide if it’s irrational fear and hysteria, or something more diabolical that is driving this…
    I’ll be spending more time and money in the outlying towns and surrounding counties, rather than in Gainesville for awhile…
    Let’s hope this passes quickly… 🙄

    • I already shop Ocala and Lake City. The irony is I am “offended” by the politics of Alachua county. Never thought I’d use that word!

  • This County Commission haring was a travesty and a disgrace. It was like watching a professional wrestling match where the outcome is foreordained. Perhaps the most repulsive “testimony” was offered by this fellow Paul Myers. He falsely asserted that the “vaccines” are safe and that they will stop the epidemic. Presently, 63% of Alachua residents are vaccinated and now we supposedly have a raging epidemic flaring up. The vaccine is a failure and if anything is causing a process akin to bacterial antibiotic resistance. Over use of antibiotics causes bacteria to mutate into more harmful strains in order to survive. Some of the world’s leading scientists have warned that a similar process is occurring with the SARS CoV-2 virus which is mutating because the “vaccines” are not really sterilizing vaccines and only address a single spike protein in the virus, which is causing the virus to mutate to survive. The mRNA “vaccines” do not cause the immune system to sterilize the virus so it mutates; thus a worse plague is caused, thanks to the vaccines. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson recently said this on TV news and I quote: “I just received this morning data out of Israel. That shows the population is about 84% vaccinated. But the new cases of COVID in Israel are about 84% with vaccinated individuals. It certainly is looking like the Pfizer vaccine is not working with the Delta variant.”

    Bingo. Total failure. I noted that our esteemed commissioners did not invite any opposing scientists to testify to the downside of mask use and COVID vaccines. The entire fiasco was an exercise in fear mongering to get people to trust vaccines and masks. No mention of Ivermectin. No mention of hydroxychloroquine, monoclonal antibodies or any other interventions other than masks and vaccines. The testimony about masks was a fraud. Sure masks can help inhibit propulsion forward of droplets from the mouth. But they cannot stop aerosols and aerosols have been proven to spread virus particles. Bingo. Masks are a failure. Many countries do not even bother with them. As for Paul Myers claiming the vaccines are safe, he never mentioned the CDC’s own VAERS data which indicates about 13,000 dead in America and over 500,000 seriously injured. VAERS admittedly only captures about 1% of the total adverse vaccine events. Similar reporting in Europe indicates about 35,000 dead. Argue the data all you want, but this is how I know that Paul Myers is full of baloney. It is a given that it takes about a dozen years to prove a vaccine safe. He absolutely cannot claim the mRNA vaccines are safe because they have not been around long enough to know that, so Mr. Myers in my opinion is full of it. Has he ever heard of the drug thalidomide which doctors assured women was safe to prevent nausea during pregnancy? After over 10 years of use in the 1950’s and 60’s it caused a worldwide disaster, resulting in horrible birth defects. How about diethylstilbestrol, the wonder drug for women prescribed by doctors from 1940 to 1971. It was supposed to prevent miscarriages in pregnant women. Instead it sterilized their female babies who could not have children themselves. What about the great Swine Flu snafu of 1976 Mr. Myers? That flu vaccine had to be pulled from the market because it was killing people. Many scientists have found that the mRNA “vaccines” cause a buildup of toxic spike proteins in the uterus causing miscarriages if the vaccine is taken in the first trimester. How about this Mr. Myers and all you other cheerleaders for masks and mRNA vaccines? I am contemplating putting up $100,000 to finance a public debate between some honest scientists and doctors we can call on, and our local hack “experts” who insist on the utility of masks and the safety of mRNA vaccines. Does Mr. Myers or any of these captive hack”experts” in Gainesville have the the b***s to go up against a panel of real exerts instead of merely feeding pablum to a panel of hysterical, paranoid county commissioners? This time it won’t be a rigged professional wrestling match Mr. Myers.

    • The masks are placeholders for the Experimental Injection Vaxxines. Seems like the Alachua County Health Department and County Commissioners are accessories to murder for the deaths caused by the Experimental Injections. Would the Law Enforcement Community ever investigate Vaccine Deaths in Alachua County or are the cops just there to protect Big Pharma and other corporations in their War On Humans?

  • As of April 2020, $132,000 of CARES ACT money was distributed to Florida hospitals for each COVID outbreak patient. Go to a hospital with a broken leg and get tested for COVID, forget the leg, you have COVID. When the CEO of North Florida Regional Hospital testifies at the commission hearing, I have suspicions about his financial interests in COVID diagnosis. As far as I know, hospitals get $49,000 for every patient put on a ventilator. The pseudo experts who testified at the commission hearing mentioned nothing about what people can do to avoid serious illness other than vaccines and masks. This is pure bunk and honest doctors know this. The problem with finding honest doctors in Gainesville is that there are no independent doctors left in Gainesville. They either follow the hospital “company line” or they are out on the street. Furthermore, UF Health and UF Medical School have their hands in the pockets of the moron Dr. Fauci who controls the grant money that gets sent to this city. Challenge Fauci and the grants dry up. I have never used the services of a prostitute, but at least a prostitute is honest about what she is doing for money.

  • Gainesville Sun (8/18/21): Some of the particulars have not yet been decided. Can diners eat inside restaurants? Can nightclubs operate all all? Sexton said county staff will draw up specific rules that may be in place as soon as 5 p.m. Thursday.

    (Vote approval on Wednesday, write the rules on Thursday, install them at a random hour to be announced later? True Tyranny Going For Broke, County Commission is a Sick Joke)

  • Gainesville Sun (8/18/21): Some of the particulars have not yet been decided. Can diners eat inside restaurants? Can nightclubs operate all all? Sexton said county staff will draw up specific rules that may be in place as soon as 5 p.m. Thursday.

    (Vote approval of new rules on Wednesday, then write the new rules on Thursday, then install them at a random future hour with little or no notice? True Tyranny Going for Broke, County Commission is a Sick Joke)

  • About his new book titled The Real Dr. Anthony Fauci, the author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said this:

    “Fauci uses the financial clout at his disposal to wield extraordinary influence over hospitals, universities, journals and thousands of influential doctors and scientists — whose careers and institutions he has the power to ruin, advance or reward.”

    UF Health and their associated lackeys and local hospitals included!

    Gainesville is a sewer run by sewer rats.

  • FYI, you can and should just ignore these bozos. I haven’t been wearing a mask for the last 18 months and have only had a few minor incidences.

    Treat these commissioners like the joke that they are.

    Choose United Non-Compliance. And ask that Cammack lady to show some spine

  • Doug, What should we expect Congresswoman Cammack to do? Is there an organization called United Non-Compliance?

    • Is there an organization called United Non-Compliance?
      There is an organization called the United States of
      America and it has something called the right to bear
      Arms…they have the right there to bear arms to protect
      Themselves and to organize a militia to protect themselves from a tyrannical government…sounds good
      Huh? It’s a place where the people have god given
      Unalienable rights…a place where people have liberty
      & freedom? Anyone know where it is? Some people
      Whisper it’s a place called “springs county”…

    • I do NOT expect her to have legislative solutions. I DO expect her to be doing radio spots with Bob Rose every morning, telling his listeners to ignore the commies. I expect her to be putting out emails stating the same. I expect her to use her platform to plan a rally of civil disobedience. But she’s busy getting broadband Internet to farmers, only for Twitter and Facebook to then censor us for our opinions anyway.

      United Non-Compliance is not an organization of any kind, as far as I know. But it is the only way we get out of this without Degenerate Poe trying to poke you with your 7th booster shot before letting you buy groceries.


    • I’m locked and loaded…”don’t shoot till you see the
      Whites of their eyes”…Raise the Culpeper flag!

  • SB 2006 signed into law this year allows the Governor to invalidate a local emergency order if it unnecessarily restricts individual rights or liberties. Governor Desantis is probably warming up his pen right now.

  • Who keeps electing these idiots? If we did the opposite of everything they decreed, Covid would be over by now. It’s not their job to save each individual the news media might feature in a fake news sob story. Their job is to serve everybody in general and the freedoms of the Constitution. Covid would be history by now if they did that last year.

    • What comes to mind is “The unintended consequences of government intervention”….

    • People like free stuff…it should be mandatory that
      You have to take the vaccine if you are on the government tit. No vax, then no welfare check!

      • Universal Basic Income will be contigent upon Vaxx Status (with Preferential Treatment, Approved Exemptions, and Race-Based Reparations of course!)? Protected Classes Waging War On Masses, Which Satanist Tips Their Hand Fastest?

        ain’t no party like a mask-free Obama party, because a mask-free Obama Party don’t stop…selling that neo-feudal technocratic terror slop

        How many deaths and adverse reactions have the Experimental Injections caused in Alachua County?

        • I’ve seen this movie (plot) before! About 1/4 century ago the debate was about 2nd-hand indoor smoking! Freedom to puff where you worked & ate.
          Airplanes had smoking-sections. Movie theaters were split into smoking & non-smoking. Restaurants had smoking-tables. Hotels had smoking rooms. Catalytic-converters on cars provide very little benefit but additional cost to the owner. Tampa made hand-rolled cigars complete with the roller’s spit.
          The trend (in case you missed it) is most people just don’t want to breathe what other people exhale / exhaust.
          Freedom to breathe pure, clean air the way God created it!

  • I took their shots. Too hell with masking up again. I will not comply – just like I didn’t comply with the previous mask mandate – and neither did anyone else. These petty tyrants in the County Commission are the same types of people who would put people like me up against a wall if their communist utopian dreams were ever fulfilled.

  • (on my second birthday mama gave me a muzzle, since then life’s been a struggle puzzle)

    • How does one share a hyperlink in the comments? Whenever I paste one in and post the comment, it never shows up.

        • This is what I thought. I posted a comment with one hyperlink on the article, “City Commission delays vaccine mandate, commissioners say resistance to the mandate is based on misinformation,” but it did not show up. If you’re not sure why it doesn’t work, then don’t worry about it. I’m sure that you are busy. Thank you for all that you do to provide relevant information to your readers!

  • If these jerks were genuinely interested in public safety, they would fix our roads.

  • Its just a friggin mask!!! I dont understand why everybody is getting so bent outta shape 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ Sometimes its not all about whats best for just you its about whats best for everybody. Isnt any different than requiring shirts, pants, shoes .

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