ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Of the nine Central Florida counties, only Orange and Osceola counties require people to wear masks when out in public. But there are some exceptions to that rule.
Both counties say you do not have to wear a mask while actively exercising or if wearing a mask worsens an existing health condition.
Orange County additionally exempts the employees and customers of several industries, including childcare and transit agencies.
Seminole County had required business owners to make workers wear masks. Customers too if they had to be within 6 feet of those workers. But officials have since reversed that executive order so now only recommends masks in those situations.
Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties also only recommend masks. A spokesperson for Brevard County said officials can’t enforce a mask requirement. Volusia County gives out free masks to its residents Monday through Friday.
Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say everyone should wear a face covering in public when you can’t maintain social distancing, but on Monday said that guidance could soon change. Officials say researchers are reviewing if masks can protect people from contracting the virus, not just prevent people from spreading it.
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