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Orange County Mask Mandate Will Stay Until 50% of Population Vaccinated Says Mayor Jerry Demmings

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings commented today on the county’s mask mandate, saying it will likely remain in effect until 50% of the population is vaccinated. He estimates this to be around July 2021.

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The mandate, which was introduced in 2020, declares that every person in Orange County must wear a face covering, and businesses may deny entry to non-compliant customers. The mandate and its exceptions are available here.

Most of Walt Disney World is within Orange County.

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Karen
Karen
14 days ago

I’m going to take this as good news because he is putting a definite end date on it! Hopefully once the county mandate is gone and more of the population is vaccinated, WDW will feel comfortable lifting theirs.

Brian
Brian
14 days ago

Sure Disney can do what they want regardless but they claim to be following government regulations so once this mandate is lifted it’ll be interesting to see if they actually lift theirs as well or come up with some new reason to keep it.

Than
Than
14 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Only reason they need is that it keeps people safe

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
14 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Given Disney’s stance on “safety” (and trying to avoid any more bad press/image), they are likely to keep their mask mandates beyond Orange County. I’m not holding my breath, no pun intended.

Last edited 14 days ago by Prince Naveen
Progressive Music Lover
Progressive Music Lover
14 days ago

Mayor Demmings= incompetent political hack.

mis
mis
14 days ago

gee. another democrat demands we do as we are told or else. what a total surprise.

AdeeK
AdeeK
14 days ago

What if more than 50% of the population DOESN’T want to be vaccinated? And I’m assuming they don’t include people who have already had the virus?
What if orange county goes the entire year without reaching 50% vaccinated, and then next year there’s another vaccine (like the flu), etc and they have to start over (and when?). Will they just have to wear masks forever? Wouldn’t put it past them.

Than
Than
14 days ago
Reply to  AdeeK

Yes, that’s how it works. Choices have consequences. Getting a shot in the arm is a lot easier than wearing a mask every single day.

Customer Satisfaction
Customer Satisfaction
13 days ago
Reply to  AdeeK

You don’t know hospitality employees very well. We are desperately seeking the vaccine out in Facebook groups to protect ourselves from all the…tourists…who don’t care about others. And we’ve all been wearing masks or not being able to work for a year now. The vaccine is a much better option than death or serious illness or wearing these masks faithfully which we ALSO dislike like everyone else. All of us have watched our co-workers and family be brutally affected by the disease. Some of us have watched our friends DIE. So we will get vaccinated, don’t worry. We’re a Blue… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Customer Satisfaction
Joseph Kastner
Joseph Kastner
14 days ago

Keep moving the goal posts so as to retain your thumb over the people

Cds
Cds
14 days ago

This is great to hear, but kind of useless since the county can’t enforce their mask mandate anyway per State regulations.

shirley
shirley
14 days ago

You people are the same one that are always complaining. So don’t wear your mask but remember when you do get covid-19. Don’t expect to be taken care of by people that do

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
14 days ago
Reply to  shirley

And when YOU get sick with COVID, don’t demand that the healthy people around you mask up and stay out of your way.

Durr durr
Durr durr
10 days ago
Reply to  shirley

Uhh… We treat anyone who is sick and comes to the hospital… Do you think there’s a questionnaire that asks if you wore your mask or not and if you check off no you’re kicked back out into the street?

Last edited 10 days ago by Durr durr
harry
harry
14 days ago

it’s like we are dogs and they are giving us commands in exchange for a treat but every time we do it they add more commands without giving us the treat they promised in the first place. Now what should’ve been 1 command 1 treat it’s 4 commands please wait for the treat that will never come

true liberty
true liberty
14 days ago

What mask mandate, he can’t enforce any of it thanks to our Governor, mask mandate, lol! Restaurants and stores for the most part where I go don’t say anything.

Denise
Denise
14 days ago

Since it’s mostly the older population vaccinated here, who do not go out. It’s good that mask mandate is place. It’s the younger generation that’s testing + more now. Than people in over 50. I do testing in Orange county and 20 to 25% test % every day and numbers are rising.

Song
Song
14 days ago

50% of which population??? Orange County, Florida, USA or the world ???

Nope
Nope
13 days ago
Reply to  Song

Hopefully the world.