St. Augustine may soon mandate masks

Some business owners in St. Augustine are calling for a mandatory face mask order.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — By this weekend, the city of St. Augustine may have a mandatory face mask policy in place.

City Manager John Regan has called an emergency city commission meeting for Friday morning to consider a resolution mandating the use of face coverings indoors and when social distancing is not possible.

“We need to be doing everything possible to safeguard public health and at the same time keep the economy open,” Regan said. “We have a high rate of businesses closing and it’s time for the city make a hard decision.”

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We could see a draft of the resolution today. Regan cited a rapid increase of cases in St. Johns County and based on recommendations of the Florida Medical Association for his recommendation.