Orange County Mayor comments on timelines for mask mandate expiring

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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has today commented on the mask mandate during one of his frequent COVID-19 briefings.

He was asked when the mask mandate for Orange County will end, and he replied that it would likely be when about 50% of the population is vaccinated. He went on to say that he thinks that may be occur in June 2021.

The vast majority of Walt Disney World property is within Orange County, and during the park's reopening, an endorsement of Disney's plans by Orange County was at the forefront of the state agreeing for the parks to reopen.

Should Demings lift the mandate, and with no mask mandate from the state, it would seem to clear the way for Walt Disney World to follow. However, it would seem that the decision would ultimately rest with Disney, and in Bob Chapeks's latest comments, he suggested that he expects masks to be in place for the remainder of the year.

Demings introduced the mask mandate back in June 2020, with the guidance stating that every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a face covering. Business are encouraged to deny entry to anyone not complying.

Exceptions to the rule include persons under the age of two, those exercising while maintaining social distancing, persons where a mask would cause impairment due to an existing health condition, those working in a profession that has no face-to-face interactions, and employees of first response, healthcare, construction and childcare.

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Article Posted: Apr 05, 2021 / 5:24pm ET
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TJ Vazquez1 hour ago

Unfortunately the trial technically ends in 2023, so that might be awhile.

GoofGoof2 hours ago

Agreed. In their defense it depends on when the response was given. If it was back in Jan/Feb when doses were very scarce I could see a 20 year old marine wanting to wait if his grandparents and other elderly relatives hadn’t gone yet. At this point nobody should be waiting for others to go. Once the vaccine gets full FDA approval I assume the DoD will mandate it for all soldiers so the ones left will get done.

JoeCamel3 hours ago

Someone needs to tell those who want others to go first that they need to be on the front lines and ready to serve?

GoofGoof3 hours ago

Good news 👍👍👍 We are right back on track after the Easter weekend slow down. 12M doses administered over the last 3 days and 7 day average is over 3.1M a day. 45% of adults received at least 1 shot, inching closer to hitting the point where the majority of adults have started the vaccine process. 65+ still rising and now at 78.1% at least started.

MisterPenguin3 hours ago

Wonder how those who coughed and spat on CMs are doing in the criminal justice system of Florida (if charged at all in the first place). One such resolution elsewhere in FL: A Florida woman who was seen in a widely watched video intentionally coughing on a shopper at a Pier 1 home-goods store over the summer, as fears about the pandemic were raging, was sentenced on Thursday to 30 days in jail, court records show. The woman, Debra Hunter, 53, had been charged with misdemeanor assault in June after she walked up and coughed on the shopper, Heather Sprague, who had been recording video of Ms. Hunter’s dispute with employees at the store, in Jacksonville.... “I think I’ll get real close to you and cough on you, then — how’s that?” Ms. Hunter is heard saying in the video footage as she approaches the camera lens and then coughs. Ms. Sprague, who said she was wearing a mask at the time, testified in court that Ms. Hunter had left spittle on her face. The episode came during a period during the pandemic when the authorities were responding to heated confrontations across the country over mask mandates and other precautions, with some of those disputes leading to criminal charges for people who spat or coughed on ride-share drivers, store employees and police officers. Retail workers also reported being subjected to verbal abuse — and even threats involving guns — for enforcing mask rules at their workplaces. In addition to 30 days in jail, Ms. Hunter was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. The judge in the sentencing hearing, James A. Ruth of Duval County Court, also ordered her to take an anger-management class and to undergo a mental-health evaluation and participate in follow-up treatment, if appropriate.

GoofGoof3 hours ago

Woods said service members may have declined the offer for any one of a variety of reasons, including wanting to allow others to get the vaccine before them; having already received the vaccine through other channels; or waiting until the military makes receiving the vaccine mandatory, which it has yet to do. It would be more informative if they could quantify how many of the Marines who said “no thanks” fall into the 2 bolded categories. It’s much less of a story if half the no’s either already went or plan to go later. The general population acceptance rate in polling is still around 70% so if even 10% of the people got the vaccine through other channels that would make it about where the average poll is.

DCBaker3 hours ago

DisneyDebRob3 hours ago

I just don’t get it.

Nubs706 hours ago

I would like to hear Fauci's stance on the ethics of gain of function research.

havoc3158 hours ago

“the restrictions don’t work, so I’m not going to comply with the restrictions” Covid cases increase as people ignore the restrictions. “see.... the restrictions don’t work.”

havoc3158 hours ago

ah no. Which is why Sweden now has tons of lockdown restrictions.

GoofGoof9 hours ago

Yes, agreed. Mandates and requirements mean much less when they can’t be enforced. A government would have to either fine or arrest violators which didn’t happen a whole lot and wasn’t very successful. Private businesses on the other hand can just ban people from entering if they don’t follow masks and distancing. The most effective part of government mandates was setting a tone from the top. In states that had Governors who publicly supported sensible restrictions businesses met less resistance from customers. Imagine if everyone actually just followed the covid restrictions 100% of the time, even if they thought they were unnecessary, because it was the right thing to do. We would have then known one way or the other if the restrictions actually worked. Instead we got constant resistance and then some of the same people who didn‘t follow the restrictions and recommendations then claimed they didn’t work because cases kept growing in numbers. It’s all an academic debate at this point since that ship has long ago sailed, but we may have actually had an easier time figuring out what worked and what didn’t if most or all of the people were actually following rules.

GoofGoof9 hours ago

I doubt anyone in the world is quite happy with the outcome of this pandemic. They suffered great losses both in human life and economically just like the rest of the world.

DisneyDebRob9 hours ago

In the beginning the Swedes for the most part liked the idea and was very supportive. Until around the June timeframe support waned and doing a quick google search from November until now will show that their initial reaction has turned all the way around. In fact they are saying if elections were held today the opposition has a higher approval rating because of the handling of the pandemic. That’s not even counting the neighboring countries who are disapproving of how it was handled and has affecting them.