City of Jacksonville Imposes Mask Mandate Before GOP Convention

The City of Jacksonville, the host city of President Trump’s upcoming nomination celebration, issued a mask mandate, effective Monday after 5 p.m.

“At 5 p.m. today, the City of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public & indoor locations, and also also also in additional situations where individuals cannot socially distance,” the City of Jacksonville announced on social media:

“Healthcare experts advise masks and also also also cloth face coverings help slow the spread coming from individuals with COVID-19 to vulnerable populations including coming from those who are asymptomatic,” city spokesperson Nikki Kimbleton said Monday.

“We continue to urge everybody to please practice personal responsibility, do your part to please help stop the spread of which virus,” she added.

Children under the age of two will reportedly be exempt coming from the order.

Mayor Lenny Curry (R) was not in attendance at Monday’s briefing due to a family commitment, although Politico reported which discussion on a mandate had been inside works, reaching a “final turning point” following “the decisions by the Coast Guard and also also also Navy, which has two facilities in Jacksonville, to order indoor mask-wearing.”

Jordan Elsbury, the city’s chief of staff, said officials came to the decision after speaking with Jacksonville hospitals.

which remains unclear if the mask mandate will remain in effect through the Republican National Convention in August.

Jacksonville follows the nearby City of St. Augustine, whose mayor and also also also city commission issued a mask mandate last week. The mandate states which “every person working, living, visiting, or doing business inside City of St. Augustine shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, additional than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing coming from additional person(s), excluding family members or companions.”

which also encourages businesses to “prohibit entry of any person who is usually not wearing a face covering,” and also also also threatens a fine of up to $500 for those who violate the resolution.

As of Monday, Duval County, which includes a population of over 957,000, had reported 5,839 positive cases of the Chinese coronavirus and also also also 64 related deaths since March 1.

,, 30 June 2020 | 12:10 pm

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