Gainesville City Commission will ask County to “follow CDC guidelines”


At the end of today’s Gainesville City Commission General Policy Meeting, Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos said, “I noticed that the County had a meeting about COVID restrictions and maybe loosening things up. I was hoping that we could have a letter from the commission and the mayor to the county commission, asking that they strongly consider following the federal guidelines from the CDC for COVID safety measures and removing any COVID safety measures.”

Mayor Lauren Poe was already nodding: “Happy to write it, no objection. Yeah, that would probably be more effective than me shouting at my TV screen. I will be happy to write that letter. It was a difficult meeting to watch, and I happened to be on Facebook Live while I was watching it, and that meant I was reading the comments as it happened as well, and that was especially troubling.”

Although they didn’t say explicitly what they meant by “following the federal guidelines from the CDC,” most of those who spoke during public comment at Tuesday’s county commission meeting asked the County to remove the mask mandate, and Chair Ken Cornell said he would consider lifting it once vaccines are available to all (the governor announced this morning that will happen on April 5). Most of the comments on the Facebook Live stream similarly were against keeping the mask mandate in place. Hayes-Santos and Poe presumably want to keep the mask mandate in place as long as the CDC recommends wearing masks.

  • Santos? Hayes-Santos?…Earth to Hayes-Santos. He doesn’t realize that aside from the pubescent students who voted for him many taxpayers were hoping he would move west to another state with his repressive ideologies. You know, one of those states that are really happy to be wearing masks and locked up in their homes.

    Poe usually nobs anything that fits his preferred political tastes. Nice to see he gets as much response shouting at his TV screen though. Difference is, he doesn’t get trespassed and taken to jail. I’m actually surprised he was able to read and do anything at the same time.

    Hope all of the Democrats who voted for these knuckeheads are happy. Wait until you get that GRU bill.

    • I just wanted to give you “kudos” for your continued links to articles/statistics that provide further amplification of “Alachua Chronicles'” articles/reports.

      I, on occasion, get lost cutting through the BS and just giving my opinion on the ignorance and oppressive actions of local government. I fear that this so-called, highly educated community will continue to be brainwashed by current leadership and continue to be addicted to the handouts these same leaders give them in their continued efforts to “buy their votes.”
      It really is unfortunate that residents are so addicted to the empty promises of leaders that are reminiscent of the “Pied Piper.” They really will jump off a cliff to their own demise.

      On a sidenote, did anyone catch the “recommended” action of Gainesville staff to INCREASE GRU rates by perhaps 15%? (As reported on WCJB, TV 20) Funny how staff who are the obvious beneficiaries of such a rate hike, fail to mention that same benefit.

      As if GRU and the city of Gainesville isn’t raping it’s customers enough already. That’s really going to help the minority population isn’t it?


  • If Mayor Poe and the GCC think they can just write a letter and get the Alachua County Board of Commissioners to change their mind they have another thing…….oh wait….never mind.

    • Poe should write a letter to Hutch and say: the jig is up! Citizens are protesting by painting on the 34th Street wall about “no face masks”…we should do away with the face masks so we look like the superheroes and that it was our idea and all the
      BS we did worked….

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