MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – On Tuesday, Manatee County officials voted four to three to remove the county mask mandate. This means that people no longer have to wear masks indoors where they cannot socially distance themselves.
“We have a choice and I don’t wear one,” said Mixon Fruit Farms co-owner Janet Mixon, who is relieved.
Some companies, like the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, have decided to keep asking for masks because they want their customers to feel safe.
“We encourage you to wear a mask until it gets a little better,” said Lynn Horne, managing partner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
Manatee County said the governor’s order has affected their ability to enforce mask requirements.
However, Pinellas County posted a statement Monday that they would keep their mask mandate. They say the governor’s order revoked mask sentences for individuals, but they are still able to enforce rules for businesses.
Manatee County’s officials approved a new proclamation “strongly recommending” the use of a mask in situations where social distancing is not possible.
Schools in Manatee County will continue to prescribe masks.