Big news for Orange County in Florida! This morning mayor Jerry Demings announced that he will be rolling out a new face-covering executive order that reduces physical-distance requirements from six feet to three feet in all settings. This change will go into effect immediately!
— Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings (@OCFLMayor) April 28, 2021
According to Spectrum News 13, “the order spells out three phases, beginning now with phase 1 and concluding when 70% of Orange County’s 16-older residents has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or when the county’s 14-day rolling positivity rate falls to 5 percent or below.”
Currently, 43.4% of Orange County residents 16 and older have been vaccinated and that the county’s 14-day rolling positive rate stood Tuesday at 8%.
The mayor’s announcement follows guidance from the CDC Tuesday that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely walk, exercise, gather and dine outdoors in small groups, without masks.
“I believe these are sensible and achievable goals we are seeing to ensure that we are making progress,” Demings said at a news conference at the Orange County Administration Building. “In other words, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
When the county reaches phase two the face covering mandate for outdoors lifted for all individuals. Facial coverings still required for indoors, except when eating or drinking.
Once the county reaches the requirement for phase three, all mandates will be lifted.
You can watch the full video announcement that aired live earlier here:
LIVE: Update on Orange County's Face Covering Executive Order | April 28, 2021 https://t.co/SWV6b82cws
— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) April 28, 2021