Brevard County leaders reject proposal to make masks mandatory in public

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Brevard County leaders decided Tuesday afternoon that masks should not be mandatory in public.

One commissioner wanted to require people to wear masks inside businesses unless eating, drinking or exercising. The first offense for not wearing a mask would be a written warning and a second offense would be a fine, but no other commissioners agree to bring that to a vote.

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Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober raised the issue during the special meeting.

“Anyone who claims it’s their right to drive while intoxicated is simply wrong. So too, are those think it’s their right to infect others, absolutely wrong,” Lober said.

Brevard County added 77 new coronavirus cases since Monday, bringing that county to nearly 1,800 positive cases.

Commissioners did approve a proclamation urging businesses to post a sign outside their entrances letting customers know their mask policy. However, there is no penalty if businesses decline to post warnings.