Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier appeared on The Greg Tish Show on RealTalk 93.3 and addressed a number of local issues.
Tish asked Dozier about the status of public participation in Leon County Commission meetings.
Dozier said that there will be a process in place for citizens to call in and comment in real-time during the next Leon County Commission meeting, which is a budget meeting scheduled for September 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. The meeting will be virtual.
Dozier said there will be a discussion about using the call in process for public comment for future virtual meetings.
With regards to in-person meetings, Dozier said that the Governor’s order on conducting virtual meetings expires at the end of September and that “we are going to have to see what happens.”
When Tish asked how long the COVID positivity rate had to be under 5% before the Leon County would consider repealing the mask mandate, Dozier said ” I am not going to give a number…we are focused exclusively on public health guidance.”
Dozier went on to say that officials with the CDC and the Florida Department of Health have not issued specific parameters related to mask mandates.
Dozier said that we are hearing from public health officials that the mask mandate has helped our numbers and it needs to stay in place longer. She said we are on the cusp of students returning to FSU and the opening of K-12 schools and we need to see how these events impact our numbers.
She stated, “I do not think it is time to talk about repealing the mask mandate.”
Dozier did say that some of the criticism of the open ended nature of the mandate is warranted.
When asked about the impact of the mandate on local businesses, Dozier said that a local restaurant owner told her that business has stabilized, but has not yet returned to pre-COVID levels.
Dozier said that she believed that the mask mandate has made people more comfortable in moving about the community and taking care of business.