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Leon County to provide free face coverings as mask mandate goes into effect

Posted at 6:57 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 18:58:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Starting Wednesday, June 24, Leon County will make thousands of free face coverings available for pickup at all County library locations during regular hours.

All County branch libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

The County main library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

These additional masks complement the County’s ongoing efforts to distribute cloth face masks at faith-based organizations in southern Leon County, at the FAMU-Bond COVID-19 testing site at Bragg Memorial Stadium and at FDOH’s mobile testing sites throughout the community.

Individuals may request one covering and may also pick up one covering for each immediate family member.

• Main Library: 200 West Park Avenue
• Dr. B.L. Perry, JR. Branch Library: 2817 South Adams Street
• Eastside Branch Library: 1583 Pedrick Road
• Jane G. Sauls Fort Braden Branch Library: 16327 Blountstown Highway
• Lake Jackson Branch Library: 3840 North Monroe Street
• Northeast Branch Library: 5513 Thomasville Road
• Woodville Branch Library: 8000 Old Woodville Road

For your own safety, do not confront individuals without face coverings. Stay 6 feet away from people who are not wearing face coverings.

If someone is not wearing a face covering, please consider that the individual may have a valid reason, including concerns for their own safety.

Others may have breathing problems or health issues you do not know about.

People who cannot wear a cloth face covering are not required to show proof of their medical condition nor are they required to name their medical condition.

What are the exceptions to the face covering requirement?

Facial coverings are not required to be worn by the following persons:
• Persons under the age of six years
• Persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition or individuals with a documented or demonstrable medical problem. It is the intent of this provision that those individuals who cannot tolerate a facial covering for a medical, sensory or any other condition which makes it difficult for them to utilize a facial covering and function in public are not required to wear one
• Persons in their private rooms of a lodging establishment, such as a hotel, motel, or vacation rental—however, face coverings must be worn in all indoor commons areas of said establishment
• Persons exercising while observing at least six feet of distancing from another person
• Restaurant and bar patrons eating or drinking
• Business owners, managers, and employees who are in an area of a business establishment that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that six feet of distance exists between persons.