Keeping track of Central Florida face mask mandates

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Some local governments are pushing people to wear a mask in public, although no statewide mandate has been issued for Florida.

The Orange County mask mandate covers most people out in public, but there are exceptions such as eating, drinking and exercising.

Daytona Beach also has a new mask mandate in place, but only for those indoors. The city’s rule requires anyone working, living, visiting or doing business in the city to wear a face mask indoors while in public.

Read: Daytona Beach to require residents to wear face masks starting Sunday

“With the surge in numbers, (and) the health crisis that is besetting our community, I think it is important that we go ahead and establish the importance of all that live in our city and visit our city be as safe as possible,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry.

Volusia County isn’t requiring a mask mandate, but it has launched a campaign called “Step Up Volusia” to promote safety guidelines in public.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has stated that he will not issue a statewide mandate for masks and instead recommended staying away from large crowds.

Read: Coronavirus: Where COVID-19 testing is available in Central Florida

Medical experts said if 95 percent of people follow the mask mandates, it will eliminate the possibility of future spikes and shutdowns.

Cierra Putman

Cierra Putman,

Cierra Putman flew south to join Eyewitness News in July 2016.