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Orange County, Florida Mayor Asks Businesses to Require Masks Indoors Again

Jerry Demings, Mayor of Orange County, Florida, is asking businesses to require masks once again indoors and in crowded spaces regardless of vaccination status.

The Orange County Health Department has reported a rise in COVID-19 cases recently. In the past three weeks, Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate has increased from 4.28% to 11.2%, the highest rate since January. Yesterday, the positivity rate was above 16%. Mask guidelines were initially rolled back when the positivity rate was below 5%.

Vaccination rates have slowed as well. Currently, 61.2% of eligible Orange County residents have been vaccinated. Florida accounts for approximately 20% of the U.S.A.’s COVID-19 cases, though the state only makes up 6.5% of the country’s population.

Currently, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort ask that guests who have not been vaccinated continue to wear masks, but do not check vaccination status. Masks are optional for vaccinated guests.

Orange County can no longer mandate COVID-19 restrictions due to legislation by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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David
David
14 days ago

So the ball is in Disney’s court…..what will they do? Anybody want to guess?

Jeff
Jeff
14 days ago

No thanks jerry.

Chris
Chris
14 days ago

Just my opinion, the current mask policy is how it should be. CDC says that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks.

If Covid is spreading, it’s likely because people who are not vaccinated are violating current policy. It’s not right to punish vaccinated individuals regardless. That’s not the right answer.

Personally, I respect Mr. Demings, but this is going to create a campaign against him when he’s up for re-election. There’s a better way, I believe.

Sean
Sean
14 days ago

Currently, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort ask that guests who have not been vaccinated continue to wear masks” – Just returned from a 4 day trip and can confirm that maybe 1 in 1,000 people wore a mask except where it’s required on transportation. My daughter and I were in a massive minority wearing our masks. Disney feels absolutely unsafe right now with the rising delta variant.

Larry M.
Larry M.
14 days ago

Jerry, please go away! Don’t punish the vaccinated people.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
14 days ago

The key here is that Orange County, FL can no longer mandate COVID-19 restrictions due to legislation by Governor DeSantis. And let’s hope it stays this way, for several reasons. First of all, things evolve quickly with COVID, so by the time any new mandates were to be rolled out, the arbitrary metrics selected by officials will most likely change. Secondly, folks that are vaccinated did their part. Getting set free from ridiculous mask mandates and social distancing requirements are WHY most people got the vaccine. Why punish the vaccinated? The cases we’re seeing now are among the unvaccinated, so… Read more »

noway
noway
14 days ago

NO! NO GOING BACKWARDS! NO NO NO!

Disney Fan2
Disney Fan2
13 days ago
Reply to  noway

I think Disney will say… “No Thanks.” This is just a “recommendation” as Mayors are unable to mandate masks.

May
May
14 days ago

I hope they don’t go back to making people wear masks outdoors. It’s not so bad wearing indoors.

never
never
13 days ago

This is the result if you don’t get your shots.