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COVID vaccine deadline and mask mandates on the move

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90 year old Margaret Keenan, the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by nurse May Parsons at University Hospital, Coventry, England, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Jacob King/Pool via AP)

President Biden is expected to announce today he’s moving up his deadline for states to make all adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine. CNN reports Biden will make clear that he wants all American adults to be eligible to receive the vaccine by April 19th. That’s 12 days earlier than his original deadline of May 1st.
A mask mandate along the Treasure Coast may come to an end Tuesday.

St. Lucie County commissioners will discuss the mandate at their board meeting, set for 6 p.m.

“I know that it’s our job to protect the vulnerable, but at the same time, it’s not our job to dictate to you your life,” said Commissioner Cathy Townsend.

The mandate has been in place since July.
Orange County may go maskless this summer. Mayor Jerry Demings said yesterday the mask mandate could be rescinded in June. That’s when he expects about half the population to be vaccinated. It is not clear if Disney and Universal will follow suit.n They’ve indicated masks will be mandatory for all of 2021.

And Miami-based cruise line Norwegian is asking the CDC to allow them to set sail for the Fourth of July. If allowed, cruise ships would be restricted to 60% capacity with fully vaccinated passengers.
Norwegian is the first major cruise line to weigh in publicly in favor of mandating vaccinations if it’s allowed to restart voyages.