Orange County Will Let COVID-19 State of Emergency Executive Order Expire Today
With COVID-19 cases on the decline, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has announced that he will let the executive order declaring a state of emergency expire as of this afternoon.
The announcement comes as the county reports a positivity rate of 3.51%, the seventeenth straight day that the rate has been under five percent. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control lists the county as having a substantial level of transmission, though it is expected that it could be downgraded to moderate levels if the current situation holds. Demings has stated that should cases rise again, the executive order could be reinstated in an attempt to keep any outbreaks contained. The order was declared back in July, when Demings asked that everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks indoors.
What this means specifically for Orange County’s theme parks, which include Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, is currently unknown, though it’s been suggested that certain mask mandates could be altered to reflect the new landscape. As of the writing of this article, no rule changes from either resort have been announced.
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