A Florida mayor is urging people who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks indoors.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, a Democrat, stated, “I am announcing today that it is my official recommendation that Orange County return to the status in which it is recommended that all residents vaccinated and unvaccinated consider wearing facial coverings indoors when in crowded environments,” as WMFE reported.
County medical director Raul Pino echoed, “It makes a lot of sense what the mayor just announced. For those who are going to go into crowded environments indoors everyone should be masked. If you want to protect yourself. It is your choice, it is your decision, it’s not a mandate.”
One local Republican who opposed Demings stated, “It’s inappropriate; it’s wrong. The governor of the state of Florida has the authority, and the authority is what it is, and Jerry Demings needs to stop with his political games.”
The office of Florida GOP Ron DeSantis, asked for comment, stated, “Mayor Demings is free to make any recommendation he wishes, but he would not be able to enforce a county mandate under Florida law because county governments cannot impose civil or criminal penalties on citizens who choose not to wear a mask,” as FOX 35 reported.
In September 2020, DeSantis stated, “All outstanding fines and penalties that have been applied against individuals are suspended. I think we need to get away from trying to penalize people for social distancing and just work with people constructively.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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