Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies with some exceptions

Virus Outbreak Florida
Virus Outbreak Florida
Posted at 12:06 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 21:03:44-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida sheriff says his deputies won’t be allowed to wear face masks except under some conditions, and neither will visitors to the sheriff’s office. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods made the announcement the same week that Florida had some of its highest days of coronavirus deaths. On Wednesday, state health officials reported 213 new deaths from COVID-19. Also on Wednesday, there were more than 8,100 new infections reported, for a total of 550,000 cases in the state since the pandemic started. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July asked Americans to wear masks to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus.