Both California and Orange County, Fla. have passed new orders that will make it mandatory for people to wear face masks in public.
The California order, passed by Governor Gavin Newsom, mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide “by the general public when outside the home” starting today, June 18, 2020. The order goes on to explain situations in which California resident would need to wear a mask, as well as a list of who is exempt from this mandate.
The Orange County Florida order was passed by Mayor Jerry Demings, as a result of the recent uptick in positive cases of COVID-19. According to the order, “every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a Face Covering consistent with the current CDC guideline while in any public place.” The order will go into effect this Saturday, June 20 at 12:01 a.m. There are no criminal sanctions or violations for those who do not comply at this time, however.
The new Orange County order not only applies to individual persons, but businesses in the area are also expected to comply — which includes theme parks (which already have face mask rules) and local attractions. Currently, Gatorland and Fun Spot Orlando do not require face masks be worn by guests. Face coverings are only suggested at Legoland Florida as well, but they are not affected by the Orange County order, as the resort is located in Polk County.
We recently wrote about our experience wearing a mask in the hot sun at a theme park all day and what to expect, which you can read for yourself here.
In Orange County, people are permitted to take off their face covering while eating or drinking, but must wear their mask as they enter the establishment.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Keys will now require face masks be worn through June 1, 2021, or else face a $500 civil fine.
Stay tuned for more updates on how this will affect the theme parks and attractions in both areas.