Mayor Says Orange County Florida Will Keep Indoor Mask Mandate For Now
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings confirmed this afternoon that the remaining mask mandate will stay in place. Some thought the mandate might be lifted early since The Department of Health had reported an average of 4.4%. However, now Orange County has reached a 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate of 5.2%.
Mayor Demings previously set the threshold for the removal of the mandate at 5% positivity or below. It would also be lifted if Orange County reached a vaccination rate of 70%, but the rate remains around 51%.
Demings estimates Orange County will reach the next phase, including the full removal of the mask mandate, around July 4th. Currently, masks are not required outdoors but are indoors.
Both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort are in Orange County, but as private property, they set their own policies regarding COVID-19 safety measures. After the outdoor mask mandate was lifted last week, both resorts followed suit.