On Friday, Florida reported a record 8,900 Covid-19 cases as the state appears to be the new epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
NEW: Over 8,900 new Florida coronavirus cases reported in latest daily record; 39 new deaths, including 12 locally. Rate of positive new tests increases to 13%: https://t.co/4PbmXazscM pic.twitter.com/Bnw3xdHoyZ
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) June 26, 2020
As a result of the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, several cities/counties in the state are scrambling to enact mask mandates to help slow the spread of the virus.
On Friday the St. Lucie County Commission held a special meeting to discuss a proposed mandate that would require face coverings be worn to slow the spread of COVID-19 in public spaces where other “social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
During the city council meeting, several citizens voiced their concerns against the mandate including one man who yelled at county commissioners because he didn’t want to be “muzzled like a dog”.
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) June 26, 2020
“We are being lied to, our freedoms are being taken forever and I will not be muzzled like a mad dog,” he shouted. “This is sick and you ought to be ashamed of yourself for being a part of this.
“It’s time for us to stand up for our freedoms because if we stand back and let these pieces of cr*p handle our freedoms we’ll have nothing left — in fact, we’ll end up being dead,”
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 27, 2020
The St Lucie County commission chose to wait until July 1st to make a decision on their proposed mask mandate.