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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.

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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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Brittany
Brittany
1 month ago

If they allow no mask indoors I’m canceling.

Thomas Meagher
Thomas Meagher
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

Good if you cancel then I’ll book…..no loss for Disney…..

Johnny Billy
Johnny Billy
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

We are the opposite. We have trip booked for Christmas that we haven’t paid for yet. Will will only pay and go if they don’t have the masks indoors. We will cancel if they still require masks.

beautiful gorgeous
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny Billy

We are going in March 2022. We were there Christmas 2020. Masks 24/7. Not fun. I stood in front of the castle for my husband to take a maskless picture. I got away with it because I was eating stationary. They tried to stop us, and they backed off when they saw me eating a sleepy hallow waffle sandwich.

Br16
Br16
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

What? Why? You can get vaccinated and be well protected. Those work much better than masks. And at what point would you be ok with lifting masks? They can’t stay forever.

Charlene
Charlene
1 month ago
Reply to  Br16

There are people who can’t be vaccinated for various medical reasons and currently children can’t get the vaccine although hopefully that will be available soon. I suspect more mask requirements will go away once children are vaccinated.

beautiful gorgeous
1 month ago
Reply to  Br16

Agree. We are vaccinated. Other countries will give you a card if you have had covid (natural immunity). The US needs to do the same.

Br16
Br16
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

What? Why? You can wear a mask if you want; no one will stop you. Also you can get a vaccine and be protected; those work much better than masks. And at what point are you ok not requiring masks? We can’t do this forever.

Stinger
Stinger
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

Please do. Anything to reduce crowds is helpful.

BigAl
BigAl
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

As you should. If your scared, you stay home, don’t punish the rest of us.

Jay
Jay
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

Oh please god don’t cancel. The world will explode if britany doesn’t go to Disney world.

Jason
Jason
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

Wow. Following the science? Florida has the lowest Covid per capita in the county right now, despite places like Universal Studios allowing indoor masks for months.

EatMoreHorseDewormer
EatMoreHorseDewormer
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason

4,862 people have died of COVID in Florida in the last 28 days. Yup, Florida is doing great.

May
May
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

Why? Just wear your mask, get your shots, protect yourself. Let everybody live or die as they choose.

beautiful gorgeous
1 month ago
Reply to  Brittany

This needs to come to an end. We can’t wear masks forever. If you are not comfortable, do what works for you.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

I sure wish people would share their opinions on mask rules. The internet needs more of that.

maskless and proud
maskless and proud
1 month ago

Best news I’ve heard all day!

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
1 month ago

The hygine theater with the masks at both Disney and Universal simply need to end. Here’ some real “science” to follow – Florida now has the lowest per capita COVID cases in the U.S. (despite what the media will want you to believe). I keep pushing out our WDW trip until I know all mask mandates are lifted, not because I am scared of COVID (I am OVER IT!) but because I am not spending 7500 for week of masking on while vacation with small kids. Ridiculous.