ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of local emergency on Wednesday due to surging COVID-19 cases.
He also announced that he is urging everyone to wear a mask indoors immediately.
“We have to take immediate action,” Demings said.
The move comes the day after the county reported its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. In Orange County, 1,371 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Demings said he hopes residents and visitors will comply with the request to wear masks indoors to stop the spread of the virus.
Demings said he also hopes that businesses large and small will begin to once again require face maks indoors in line with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“If we pull together, we can prevent a collapse of our economy,” he said.
Read Demings’ full executive order below:
Demings also said Wednesday that he is also requiring Orange County employees to wear masks inside county buildings. And he said all non-union employees will be required to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine by the end of August. He said they must be fully vaccinated by the end of September unless they have a legally defensible reason to not receive the shot.
The Orange-Osceola County State Attorney’s Office said they are strongly encouraging vaccinations, but not making them mandatory at this time. A spokesperson said masks are required indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said there are no plans to mandate vaccinations for personnel, but that Sheriff John Mina is strongly encouraging deputies to get their shots.