The state of Florida has slowly but surely been reopening for a few weeks now.
With Disney World set to reopen select hotels in just a few days, we’re keeping a close eye on government mandates for the area.
In response to an increase of coronavirus cases across the state, Florida Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced that face masks will be mandatory in public spaces starting this weekend. He has issued and signed an executive order that mandates the wearing of face masks in any public space. The order is effective beginning Saturday, June 20th, at 12:01AM.
The mask mandate applies to everyone in a public space who is “working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County.” Masks must be consistent with CDC guidelines.
When asked about enforcement of the rule for those eating or drinking in public spaces, Demings confirmed that masks will be expected most of the time. He did note that people cannot wear masks while actively eating and drinking but at all other times, they should be wearing them. There is also an exception for those exercising outdoors, per Demings.
CDC guidelines state that those 2 years old and under and those with preexisting health conditions should not wear masks. Mayor Demings is asking for voluntary compliance with the mandate. As of now, the Executive Order will be in place indefinitely.
As we know, Disney World will require masks in public areas in the parks and resorts with few exceptions. We will report if this has any effect on the reopening protocols for Disney World. Stay tuned to DFB for the latest updates.
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