July 22, 2020 - UPDATED INFORMATION ON FACE COVERINGS
The City of Mount Dora has updated the Face Covering Requirement with a new Resolution as set forth by City Council.
Mayor Cathy Hoechst has provided a message to the public:
Good afternoon, this is Cathy Hoechst, Mayor of the City of Mount Dora. Last evening, at our City Council meeting, we had a lengthy discussion about the continued concerns and the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and in our community of Mount Dora.
Two weeks ago, we instituted a Resolution requiring face coverings in Mount Dora. Our approach at the time was to require face coverings however wanted to have our citizens voluntarily wear them. Last night we believe we improved the Resolution and provided further clarification for residents and visitors and businesses.
The City of Mount Dora REQUIRES, I repeat, REQUIRES face covering when in public places in Mount Dora. The Regulation is intended to seek required compliance. Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Mount Dora is required to wear a face covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while inside any public places open to the general public.
Citizens and visitors must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart while in public places. Please refer to Resolution 2020-130 posted on the City website for details as to when face coverings are not required.
The Council discussed penalties for not wearing face coverings, however at this time the Council felt we wanted to allow citizens and visitors to continue working towards the wearing of face coverings as per the CDC recommendations.
We all agree that during the past two weeks there has been a noticeable change and improvement and people are wearing face coverings. Also a number of businesses now require face coverings like Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and Lowe’s and in addition to all the other businesses we have.
In summary, please continue to wash or sanitize your hands frequently, always social distance when in public places as space allows and always wear a face covering.
We are all in this together.
Mount Dora, Fla. (July 8, 2020) – The Mount Dora City Council approved Resolution 2020-128 requiring face masks in all public places within the city limits starting July 10, 2020.
The Resolution was passed during the July 7 City Council Meeting after a lengthy discussion between Councilmembers. The Council vote requires face coverings to be worn in public areas as suggested by the CDC for the protection of the citizens and population of Mount Dora. Section D of the Resolution states “Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Mount Dora is required to wear a Face Covering, consistent with the current CDC Guidelines while inside any public place.”
Councilmembers agreed the requirement is a measure to seek voluntary compliance inside public places. The Resolution also calls for proper social distancing of at least six feet in outdoor spaces and public places.
“We are a community that tries to work together with all our citizens to solve issues and this is an excellent step forward to address face cover wearing in Mount Dora. We will continue our observations of compliance and will address again at a future council meeting if needed,” said Mayor Cathy Hoechst. “There will always be individuals who choose to not wear face coverings and there will be those who will wear them all the time. My hope is that this resolution helps those who are unsure to voluntary wear a face covering and that we all use common sense, good judgment and err on the side of caution. Please wear your face mask and social distance while in Mount Dora.”
The Resolution is effective starting Friday, July 10, 2020 and will continue through the local state of emergency as laid out by the City in Resolution 2020-52. Both Resolutions are attached. Resolution 2020-128 is posted to the City website and social media pages.