At the April 13th Leon County Commission meeting elected officials discussed the status of the Leon County mask mandate.
Leon County COVID cases, hospitalizations, and the positivity rate have been in steep decline since the middle of January. Also, 97,574 Leon County citizens have been vaccinated with 60,139 people completing the two-shot process. Approximately 70-75% of people over the age of 65 have been vaccinated.
Commissioner Brian Welch asked for a clarification on the process to repeal the mask mandate. The County Attorney, Chasity O’Steen, stated that it was a two-step process to repeal the ordinance which includes a public notice and a public hearing.
Commissioner Kristen Dozier said that she is getting more emails related to repealing the mask mandate, but it is not overwhelming. She indicated that she believed that a majority of business owners support the mask mandate.
Commissioner Nick Maddox asked for an update of the County’s re-open plan. Deputy County Administrator Alan Rozenzweig indicated that under the current Phase II plan Leon County’s Library’s are operating at 50% and community rooms and community centers are closed.
Commissioner Nick Maddox made a motion for County staff to bring back information about the re-opening plan if a change in conditions warranted commission action during the summer break. The motion passed.
Ultimately, the discussion revealed that the status of the mask mandate will depend on CDC guidelines.
Currently, the CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially when indoors around people who don’t live in your household.
Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.