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Palm Beach County to Require Masks in Gov’t Buildings Beginning Monday

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A protective face mask sits on the podium as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Urban League of Broward County, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In a statement released on Friday Palm Beach County is reinstating a mandatory mask policy for county buildings and offices beginning on Monday.

According to County Administrator Verdenia C. Baker: “Effective August 2, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and until further notice, it is the County’s policy that individuals must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing from other individuals while indoors on County property.”

The order will apply to all people entering county owned buildings regardless of their vaccination status and will remain in effect until further notice.

New COVID-19 cases in Florida stand at 73,166 for the week and have show a sharp increase in light of the new Delta variant which CDC officials say is much more contagious than previous iterations.

Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to issue an executive order on Friday which will make masks optional in Florida schools.