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Leon County talks possible mask mandate, closure of some restaurants

Posted at 8:50 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 20:50:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — A public advisory issue for the state of Florida is encouraging people to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible. This comes as leaders in the Big Bend weigh the possibility of mandating masks and restaurants begin to close due to Covid-19.

One man in Leon County said he believes restaurants in the area are taking every precaution they can and feels safe when visiting restaurants. "I think they're taking the necessary precautions. I go in, I'll look for that. And if they weren't taking the necessary precautions or the precautions they think they need to take, I wouldn't go in."

Saturday night dining proceeds with caution for locals in Tallahassee as restaurants are still serving guests up to a 50% capacity. That capacity percentage is part of the Phase 2 reopening for Florida.
However, some restaurants have had to shut down this week. One being Harry's Seafood, after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.

The business took to social media on Friday, saying the owners have asked employees to get tested as quickly as possible, and that their sanitation protocols exceed CDC guidelines.

On Saturday morning, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and a team of volunteers gave away 10,000 free masks in hopes of flattening the curve of the virus. While it's not mandatory to wear a mask in Leon County-- after being voted down on Tuesday-- Proctor explained the issue still is not off the table.

"As it resurges or increases, per chance, we'll look at it again," said Commissioner Proctor. "But, we're hoping to make adjustments as needed."

Gadsden County is the only area in the Big Bend that requires masks. Some say it should just be an option. "I think most people are being compliant to the outside, most people are. But I think indoors, where people are put together, it should be possibly a mandate for sometime."

This coming Tuesday, the Leon County Commission will hold a special meeting, virtually.