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County commission lifts public face mask order

Despite ever-growing numbers of positive coronavirus cases in local communities, at an emergency meeting last Friday the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners voted to rescind an order requiring nearly all persons to wear face masks in public.

The decision echoes relaxing restrictions and protective protocols across the state and nation. In spite of the weakening rules, many local stores and restaurants continue to require patrons to don face coverings, and public health officials “strongly encourage” their continued use.

Gadsden County’s curfew remains in effect, though commissioners voted to shorten the hours from 12 midnight to 5 a.m. nightly. Large gatherings are still prohibited and restaurants / retail establishments must maintain strict occupancy limits in keeping with social distancing guidelines.

Special to The Herald