Leon County government recently informed employees that mandates related to masks and vaccines are no longer being enforced.
The communication from Candice Wilson, Leon County’s Human Resources Director, stated:
“Dear Leon County employee, with the passage of the new bills from the special session of the Florida Legislature the mandates related to masks, medical or religious accommodations and vaccinations are no longer being enforced. This means that employees who were granted an accommodation are no longer required to adhere to the clauses within the approved accommodation.”
Notification to Leon County Employees
The new bills referenced in the notification refer to laws passed during a special session and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Fourteen county employees were fired as a result of the Leon County vaccine mandate which was announced in July by Leon County Administrator Vince Long.
In October, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued a notice of violation to Leon County Government assessing fines totaling $3,570,000 for its violation of the law relating to the ban of vaccine passports.
In response to the DOH fines, Administrator Long vowed to fight back. Long said “there is a genuine disagreement about the applicability of the statute and rule, and the County will enforce its rights using any remedies available at law, if necessary.”