Mask mandate repealed in St. Lucie County

Mask mandate repealed in St. Lucie County

The mask mandate has been repealed in St. Lucie County with a 4 to 1 vote.

St. Lucie County commissioners gathered Tuesday for a board meeting to discuss whether to end the mask mandate.

It will now be repealed as of Wednesday, however, it will first go to Tallahassee to be filed at the Secretary of State Office.

"I believe that this is not a mask. This is a muzzle. This suppresses our speech, our freedom of expression, specifically our facial expressions, said Michael Smith, a resident.

The mandate has been in place since July.

For the last six weeks, St. Lucie County's COVID-19 positivity rate has remained below 10 percent.

The decision will only apply to government-owned spaces. Private businesses can still require masks.

"We should be wearing the masks to help those that need us to make them safe. It's not just about us, it's helping others," said Diane Goldberg, another Port St. Lucie resident.

St. Lucie Public Schools released the following statement:

SLPS will maintain the current health and safety protocols, including the use of face masks, that we have had in place since the start of the school year. It is evident that those health and safety protocols have helped to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and have contributed greatly to maintaining healthy learning and work environments for both students and staff.

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