More Central Florida counties impose face mask mandates as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

More Central Florida counties impose face mask mandates as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
Seminole County hosted pop-up COVID-19 testing at Carillon Elementary School in Oviedo. (Cox Media Group)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County became the fourth local government to require people to wear face masks in public on Monday.

Orange and Osceola counties, as well as Daytona Beach have also imposed versions of a face mask requirement.

Brevard County is set to discuss a mandate Tuesday.

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While more local governments are putting mandates in place, there are no penalties or repercussions if an individual chooses not to wear a face mask.

In Seminole County, face masks are not required at outdoor businesses or other outdoor public places or if someone is 2-year-old or younger.

Other than that, everyone in the county will be required to wear face masks in public starting Wednesday.

County officials said they at one point flattened the curve, but COVID-19 cases numbers increased after businesses opened back up.

Since June 22, Seminole County has seen between 115 and 233 new positive cases a day.

New cases in Florida are increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else, according to data. In Orange County alone, more than 5,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in just the last seven days.