JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A big change took place in the city of Jacksonville when Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday that the mask mandate had been lifted.
He says companies can still require people to wear masks. The arrangement applied to indoor and public spaces where people couldn’t help but be a meter apart.
Action News Jax asked people in downtown Jacksonville and on the beaches to make up their minds. The answers were mixed.
We have elders; People could still be contagious, ”said one man.
He fears the repealed mandate increases the risk of older people getting COVID-19.
Others, like Tara Stanek, are happy to be one step closer to normal.
“A lot of people here in Jacksonville and on the beach areas took it seriously and we did, and I’m glad it’s over,” said Stanek.
Mayor Curry said his decision was based on data after receiving the go-ahead from health experts.
Action News Jax hired immunologist Dr. Bringing Sunil Joshi: “I don’t think that’s the right message,” Joshi said. “Our biggest concern is that people think this is a sign that they can be a little more relaxed about wearing their mask in public.”
Joshi encourages people to keep wearing their masks.
While the mayor says companies continue to need face covers, some, like wreck owner Fernando Mezza, welcome the mayor’s decision, saying, “We’re glad it was lifted and of course, if customers or employees want to wear a mask they’re going to go with it warmly invited. Another step towards normality and hopefully a great business year for our service industry. “
The city told Action News Jax the mayor is still suggesting that people wear masks, but it is no longer necessary.
Action News Jax reached out to the beach town guides to see if they were part of the decision and to adopt it. We are waiting to hear from you.
COVID-19 is still not gone – according to the Florida Department of Health website, 112 cases were reported in Duval County yesterday, three in Nassau, one in Bradford, one in Baker, 43 in St. Johns, 24 in Clay and none in the Union .
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