County commission reverses course again on mask order
May 19, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
This is the short version – we’ll get up a full article tomorrow with quotes, etc. It’s been a long day…
During a joint meeting of the Alachua County Commission and Gainesville City Commission today,
County Commissioner Ken Cornell agreed to bring the issue back up–he said he might not have done so if the city commission was only 4-3 in favor of doing so, but since they seemed to be unanimous, he thought he should–and the county commission repeated much of the discussion they held earlier in the day. At the end, they voted 4-1, with Commissioner Mike Byerly in dissent, to put the mandatory mask order back in place. (It hadn’t actually been removed because County Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson held off on signing the order, just in case they changed their minds at the afternoon meeting.)
As a “compromise,” they changed the business occupancy requirement to the governor’s 50% occupancy order from the one-person-per-500-square-feet they had voted for earlier in the day. That also passed 3-2, with Byerly and Hutchinson in dissent. They kept the provisions that allowed bowling alleys and billiard halls to open
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