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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For months at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many Florida counties required masks for those going into stores and restaurants. But since Gov. Ron DeSantis reopened the state over the summer, many cities and counties have relaxed their mask requirements.
Florida is one of 12 states that have partial mandates on wearing face masks. All other states require face masks, except for South Dakota which has no face mask requirements.
DeSantis has repeatedly said there are no plans to issue a statewide mask mandate, but some cities and counties are still bracing for the holiday season and expecting many people to forget about social distancing guidelines.
So which local governments are still enforcing face mask policy ahead of a busy season?
Five Florida mayors, including St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman met Wednesday to urge DeSantis to change his approach on the pandemic ahead of the holiday season.
“We are concerned. The numbers are moving in the wrong direction,” Kriseman said earlier in the week. “While reports we get as far as hospitalizations aren’t at a point where our hospitals are being stretched thin — if our numbers continue to climb, I don’t think that situation isn’ …
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