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Gadsden County Commissioners vote to move curfew earlier, shut down internet cafes

Mask order violators face fines
Posted at 4:01 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 16:45:21-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners has voted to extend the countywide night curfew and shut down internet cafes as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the county.

Commissioners voted to set the nightly curfew back to 9 p.m. - 6 a.m each night. The curfew will go into effect Friday night.

Internet cafes are also being ordered to close and restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Gatherings are also limited to no more than 10 people.

Masks are still required when in public and whenever social distancing is not possible.

If you are caught violating any part of the order, it's a second degree misdemeanor and you could be subject to a $25 fine for the first offense, a $50 fine for the second offense, and a $100 fine for any subsequent offenses.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's office said Friday that they will begin to "heavily enforce" the rules set forth by the commissioners and the state.

You can read the full emergency order below:

Resolution 20-040 FINAL by WTXL ABC 27 on Scribd

This comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Gadsden County.

In just the last past five days, Gadsden County has added 289 COVID-19 cases to it's total.

The majority of those cases stem from people aged 15 to 54. The county's positivity rate has also consistently trended slightly higher than the state average.

For a full break down on the Florida Department of Health's data on county COVID-19 cases, click here.