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Group starts petition asking Leon County commission to enact temporary stay-at-home order

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 18:30:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A petition circulating in Leon County is asking county commissioners to put the county on a temporary lockdown.

The petition asks for a seven to 14-day stay at home order, as well as scaling back to Phase 1 of reopening.

The organizer says in the last week Leon County has seen a rise in the number of cases, with testing is even higher demand.

Currently, the county has a face-covering ordinance in place. County commission chairman Brian Desloge says that's hopefully all it will take to keep the county safe.

"I don't think we're there yet and I'd like to think that we won't get there," said Desloge. "Our numbers have been unbelievably good by comparison until recently. The mask mandate is a pure reflection of the increase of positives in our community. We didn't just do this on a whim. It came from a lot of conversations with the health experts in our community."

Desloge says the commission reviews the need for the ordinance daily.

Since the start of the ordinance, the county has also provided about 800,000 free masks to the public.

For more information about the petition, click here.