Florida mayor forms strike teams to enforce coronavirus mask mandate
Written by kslmadmin on July 17, 2020
Owners of businesses in the Florida county that includes Orlando are facing stepped-up enforcement of a countywide coronavirus mask mandate, according to reports.
“We will be putting together some strike teams that will be going out into the community, to ensure that we get better compliance from the businesses with the executive orders and the other CDC directives that have been put in place,” Jerry Demings, the mayor of Orange County said Thursday.
The action comes as Florida’s virus outbreak continues to surge out of control.
Nearly 12,000 Floridians tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday. The number of virus cases in the state now totals 327,000.
There were 128 COVID-19 deaths Thursday, the third day in a row more than 100 people died in the state from the virus.
Demings wants the strike teams to target theme parks, gyms, retail shops and restaurants that have been the subject of mask complaints, WKMG-TV reported.
The establishments won’t be tipped off that the inspectors are coming.
Masks were required in Orange County public places last month.
Demings said warnings will be issued that could lead to a business being shuttered, the station reported.
“Not sure that they’ll shut down on site unless it was egregious,” he said, according to the station. “It should be rare they shut anyone down on the spot.”
Ninoshka Rodriguez told WESH-TV that she sees a lot of people in Orange County without masks.
“They’re just walking around like nothing and that’s how you get sick,” she said. “That’s how you spread the virus more.”
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