Alachua County Commission votes unanimously for county-wide mask mandate
August 18, 2021
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
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.”
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