Orange County, Florida Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency, Urges Masks Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings has declared a local state of emergency via executive order in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases.

In a press conference on July 28, Demings doubled down on his request for all residents and visitors to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. He is also still urging local businesses to enact mandates requiring face masks indoors, and require vaccines for employees.

Image source: Orange County Health Department

At this time, 62.34% of Orange County residents have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Demings stated he believes if indoor masking is instituted and vaccine rates increase, it will help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community. He recently announced that the county was seeing 1,000 new cases a day.

Demings also said the local hospitals have said they are nearing a crisis as hospitalizations rise.

Demings is unable to set a county-wide mask mandate due to legislation from Governor DeSantis.

Both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort are in Orange County. At this time, neither resort has changed their current mask policies, which require only unvaccinated guests to wear masks indoors.

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  1. If masks are brought back there will be many cancellations. Attend the parks at your own (low) risk. Enough is enough.

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